A credible authority: trusted for generations
Your beloved items are in the best of hands. At Shoe repair and beyond’ helm are two of the most seasoned artisans in the industry, with 50 years’ combined experience in the business, the tricks of our trade handed down from their teachers through generations.
A legacy of tradition & expertise
Collectively, our real life-stories tell of ambition, driven aspiration and mostly love of a very old craft, particularly special in our day. True vocation is in the heart of every one of our excellent artisans. Both our Master Cobbler and Sneaker Specialist of decades’ worth experience have passed onto us their countless secrets, including the care and cleaning of the finest in leather goods.
Esteemed 2nd & 3rd generation cobblers
Our Cobblers are obsessed. The love for what they do never ceases to toil with a will. That's why we are now one. That's why Shoe repair and beyond can offer exceptional hand-craftsmanship and highest quality at a fair price, marking a milestone for contemporary shoe repair, to say the least. Here's to our formidable bunch. Here's to going further, together.
Guy Berteau - Head of Shoe Repair Services
Shoe repair and beyond is more than fortunate to have found Guy Berteau. Going on 14 years in the business, Mr. Berteau is extremely good at what he does, and it’s no coincidence. Guy has a natural gift; it runs in the family. It was his father who proudly passed onto him his family’s tightly held industry secrets, and not only has Guy done well to carry the torch, he has far superseded all expectation, scaling his family business Shoe Repair & Beyond from a modest mom-and-pop to a well-established and trusted go-to for reputable brands like Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutin, to name but a couple. Mr. Berteau has travelled the world to attend all types of shoe repair conventions and competitions to share his expertise while keeping a careful watch on a rapidly changing industry. When you send SRB your beloved items to be restored, rest assured they are in the best of hands with Guy at the helm. He is a seasoned artisan and arguable industry leader, holding privy tricks of the trade, handed down through generations.
Vincent Morse - Supervisor
With over five decades’ experience in the shoe repair industry, it’s no wonder Mr. Morse was recruited by SRB to oversee their burgeoning flagship operation. Vincent cut his teeth and paid dues learning to design and make shoes with the illustrious Drew Shoe Corporation during the Golden Era of shoemaking, when their factory was a prestigious Goodyear welt and fine leather footwear assembly plant in Lancaster, Ohio. Interestingly enough, Mr. Morse recently earned an ABC board certification of pedorthics (C-PED) which means he can fill anyone’s footwear modification prescription on behalf of a pediatrist, to name just one of the many authorizations this affords. It is worth noting that despite his consummate knowledge of the trade, Vincent is extremely humble, even quietly calling on St. Crispin, the patron saint of Cobblers, to watch over him and his team for good measure.
Derrick Winje - Head of Sneaker Operations
Starting, his was still very much a small business. A team of two, Raleigh Restorations consisted of Derrick and his wife Corley. The standard wass set by the quality and re- sources of a large company, while still focusing on those personal small business touches that make the difference. Derrick began restoring his own sneakers in 2010, then started buying used shoes to restore and "flip". Nine years passed and he still does what he loves, but a little differently..
You may have noticed that their focus recently shifted onto teaching the art of sneakers. Derrick believes that instead of trying to restore and customize everyone's shoes, a greater service could be rendered if others are taught to to do what he does. Then the eco-friendly aspect would expand throughout entire communities. His joint venture with SRB is a product of this culture and Derrick is still doing his best to give back and grow a like-minded community together with SRB - one that we so dearly hold fondly.
David Patnode - Master Cobbler
Jack of all trades, master of them all, David does a little bit of everything, and does it more than well. With 35 years in shoe and luggage repair business, SRB was smart in bringing him on board. David has been founder and owner of the Memphis Corner Cobbler since 1985, and having serviced approximately 20-30 pairs of shoes per 5 works days a week, he has resurrected something like 7,590 pairs of shoes to date. Having done so in Memphis for so many years, he’s the rare go-to guy for the best of your cowboy boots, applying new full soles and heels, brass tacks and fixing up all varieties of lizard and the like. David has an unusual gift and unreal eye-to-hand coordination. It’s no wonder they call him “Captain”.
Silvia Garcia - Master Refinisher
Silvia began her journey to SRB’ headquarters as an immigrant to U.S.A. from Minas Geraes, Brazil, an obscure place of vibrant culture - perfect to inform her invaluable capacity as a “color specialist” at SRB. Her life-story tells of ambition, driven aspiration and mostly love of a very old craft, particularly special in our day. Silvia comes with a strong foundation and background in fashion design, and a knack for painting, experimentation, and color-matching. She is multi-faceted but does exceptionally well to re-dye and re-finish any variety of damaged leather goods. Whether by water, scuffs, scrapes, or pen marks (a common societal dilemma), her ability to mix and match colors, refurbish purses, shoes, belts, or any fine leather goods is something her colleagues at SRB and their clientele hold in high esteem. She is also a skilled seamstress. Then, fthat vibrant disposition, and funny enough, those eyes - yellow, green, and blue “cat-eyes”.
Mr. Strong began his honorable 36 year career as a cobbler at age 20, learning all aspects of the trade from his father-in-law, diving hands-first into damaged shoe soles, leather rips, and challenging dye work before quickly expanded his horizons with custom leather work shortly thereafter. The custom repairing of rips is his forte, along with leather re-dyes. He’s been at for decades and has spent his last 30 years working as trusty go-to artisan for a roster of prestigious retail clients like Saks Fifth Avenue, Christian Louboutin, Sergio Rossi, Louis Vuitton, Tods, Charles Jourdan, Versace, Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Bruno Magli, Roger Vivier, and Oscar de la Renta. The renowned retail epi-center at Bal Harbor Shops is his old stomping ground..
“Rigo” is a real-deal 4th-generation shoemaker who started his 40-year career at a precocious 12 years of age. The son of of an Italian mother and Spanish father, it was his mother’s father, his Italian grandfather, who took him under his wing. Rigo was quickly introduced to a rich world of leather working, repairing and the making of purses, bracelets, chokers, and fine leather shoes, of course. The first pair he crafted from scratch was one of a traditional English cut - closed stitched brogue Oxfords - you know, the ones with the fancy, decorative leather perforation details. Rigo also studied orthopedic shoemaking in Cuba, and believe it or not, he loves to work on cowboy boots. His passion, however, is that of bespoke custom shoemaking. He spent 10+ years with Jack Roger making luxury sandals in Hollywood, and today, he prides himself in leaving all varieties of shoes like-new.