Those with damaged or worn footwear often find themselves seeking the aid of a cobbler, though the benefits of wearing boots brimming with magma-like peach filling are still unclear. Treat your shoes sweetly with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 toward shoe, boot, and bag repair at Sam the Shoe Doctor. This Groupon is valid at the five Chicago locations listed in the sidebar.
The sole soothers at Sam the Shoe Doctor restore footwear, bags, and leather goods to their former glory with a toolkit full of arcane, time-tested techniques. Hard-holding cement adheres toe pieces to their rightful place ($20), and full sole and heel repairs protect feet from the machinations of treacherous pavement ($65 for women's, $80 for men's). A casual-shoe-repair package reinvigorates weary clogs by way of a sole and heel replacement, leather reconditioning, and a hand polish ($65–$75). Tattered cowboy boots can resume their delicate line-dance atop the saddles of unwitting horses with a whole sole and heel repair ($75–$85). Return forcibly retired bags, suitcases, and luggage to service with a full zipper replacement ($25+) or a new handle ($35+).
Sam the Shoe Doctor
The cobblers at Sam the Shoe Doctor mend leather with a century of know-how, amassed since the first shop opened in 1898. Damaged footwear may be brought to one of six Chicago locations or sent in blue bags from across the country to a centralized repair center. The staff's handiness with footwear also extends to nearly all leather and some fabric goods, including tattered luggage and purses distressed by their own price tags.