Cobbler's Nail Cups
A cobbler was the person who mended and refurbished the work
of the shoemaker and, in some cases, this proved to be a more
profitable business enterprise than the actual fabrication
of footwear. Most cobblers had the ability to manufacture,
but the emergence of factory-made assembly-line shoes at consumer-driven
prices diverted many from the bespoke trade.
The shoe and leather repair shop owner had to have the ability
to fix anything and everything that came through the door.
This required specialized stocks of items and parts to fit
the varied styles of footwear that needed rehabilitation.
A small capital investment was all that was required to start
such a repair shop, and business was almost guaranteed if
the work was of good quality. These types of shoe-repair businesses
are starting to disappear, as some of the man-made materials
used in modern footwear do not lend themselves to repair.