It’s a lot easier leaving behind your favorite strappy stilettos or leather loafers when you know they’re in the expert hands of Bob LoPresti, owner of Joe Pacific Shoe Repair. Not only has he been replacing heels, changing out sole guards and restoring shoes for nearly 40 years, he’s the go-to guy for high-end retailers like Jimmy Choo and Fendi. The trade “is a rarity now; not many people do it,” says the third-generation cobbler. If your other accessories need attention, LoPresti’s got you covered—he alters and repairs handbags and belts, too.
PHOTO BY olivier koning
Joe Pacific owner Bob LoPresti is a third-generation cobbler, taking after his father and grandfather