From Our Editors
Shoe Lab was founded in 1975 by Jerry Guederian, a Milanese shoe-design-institute graduate and 2008 Small Business Person of the Year. Jerry and his team restore footwear to preworn glory with a variety of services. Plastic plates ($5/pair) extend the lifetime of outsoles and heel replacements ($15+) keep feet comfortably off the ground. A shoeshine ($5/pair) keeps hooves flashy and provides a mirror for vain dachshunds. Customers can also tend to their own footwear with take-home products from leather conditioning lotion ($8) to stain-repelling Scotchgard Shield ($10.95).