Where to get a pair of boots altered?

winter boots with snow on themNicole emails:

I'm wondering if the AOA community can help me find a reputable cobbler in the area who does quality work beyond replacing soles, polishing, etc. I have a new pair of good quality, tall leather boots that need to be taken in a bit near the top to fit correctly. I don't want to bring them just anywhere and hope for the best, nor do I want to check a dozen shops only to find they can't do the work. I'm willing to travel a bit of a distance, if necessary.
Suggestions and experiences would be most helpful! Otherwise, I'm going to end up bringing these down to a shop in Long Island and I really don't want to wait so long. Thanks so much!!!

A bunch of years ago we got a question about fixing up some old boots and some of the suggestions to that question might be helpful. But things change -- and this question is a bit different.

Got a suggestion for Nicole? Please share! And a sentence or two about why you're recommending a shop can be helpful.


We have had good luck at Michael's Shoe Service on Union Street in Schenectady. He was able to very quickly turn around an issue I had with a rare wakeboarding boat. I've also had him resole a pair of work shoes and was very happy with the quality of the work and the price.


+1 for Michael's Shoe Service on Union Street in Schenectady. I've had 5 pairs done there, and each one was a different type of repair. All 5 pairs came back looking amazing and fitting perfectly. He gets really busy, so things can take longer, but IMHO it's worth the wait.

Lev on Central Ave, is my sole mate!

Lev's shoe service
602 Central Ave.

Thanks for the suggestions so far! I’ll check out Michael’s. I don’t think Delmar Bootery still does this kind of alteration. I called the other day to ask, but no one responded yet. It would be great to hear from folks about any experience they’ve had with getting leather work done. Anyone?

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