Shoe repairers and shoemakers (NOC 6343)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2017-2019)
Minimum Not published
Median Not published
Maximum Not published
Job prospect
Employment in 2018
Skill level
Technical (usually a college or secondary school vocational diploma)

Nature of work

Shoe repairers repair footwear and shoemakers make specialized and custom shoes and boots. They are employed in shoe repair shops or custom shoemaking establishments, or they may be self-employed.

Main duties

  • Shoemakers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Discuss type of footwear to be made and obtain measurements from customer
  • - Select patterns and leather or other material and outline and cut patterns
  • - Select or assemble lasts, fasten insoles to lasts and sew or glue other parts into place
  • - Continued…
  • - Trim, dress and otherwise finish boots or shoes
  • - Estimate custom footwear costs and receive payment from customers
  • - May supervise other shoemakers and shoe repairers.
  • Shoe repairers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Repair soles, heels and other parts of footwear using sewing, buffing and other shoe repair machines, materials and equipment
  • - Repair belts, luggage, purses and similar products
  • - Estimate footwear repair costs and take payment.

Employment requirements

  • * Some secondary school may be required.
  • * Several months of on-the-job training is provided for shoe repairers.
  • * Extensive on-the-job training is provided for shoemakers.
  • * Shoemakers may require experience as shoe repairers.

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