Shoemakers design and make boots and shoes. They also are in charge of repairing boots, shoes and other leather goods. Additionally, shoemakers will typically cut and engrave keys. These individuals will often be self-employed and work in small stores.

Duties and tasks

  • Coming up with designs and patterns for boots and shoes
  • Cutting and engraving keys
  • Fixing leather accessories
  • Glueing or nailing new soles onto shoes
  • Stitching tears on shoes
  • Using a machine or hand to fix linings and outers on leather

Skills required

  • Accurately conveying details to other individuals
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Multi-tasking skills
  • Reliability and responsibility
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Shoemakers tend to be self-employed and work in small stores or kiosks. The work often involves standing for many hours at a work bench. Since some materials these workers use have toxic fumes, they must be careful what safety materials they use.

Related jobs and job titles

  • Clicker
  • Cobbler
  • Footwear Finisher
  • Footwear Machinist
  • Footwear Maker
  • Footwear Repairer
  • Pattern Maker
  • Stuffcutter
  • Tableworker