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The 91-Year-Old Cobbler

Mar 29, 2013

by Alison Feldmann

When I ran across this video, I knew I had to share. Frank Catalfumo is a 91-year-old shoemaker and repairer in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, where he has lived all his life. He first opened the doors to F&C Shoes in 1945; at the time, there were five shoe repair shops in a three block radius, and now, as he says, “There is nothing.” He continues to work five days a week alongside his son Michael. For more images of Frank and his shop, check out Dustin Cohen’s photo gallery.

4 Featured Comments

  • ConnieGriffin

    Connie Griffin from ConnieGriffin said 6 years ago Featured

    Very glad to have chanced upon this today. What a wonderful face. What wonderful hands. I wish he were near enough to have the chance to bring him my shoes for repair. Touching and inspiring!!

  • arekaybk

    Renee Kleszczewski said 6 years ago Featured

    I think this story is fantastic! I live in Bensonhurst and passed by this Shoe Repair endless times not knowing what a vintage gem this is. I now know where to bring my shoes and support the locals. Thank you much!

  • TheMillineryShop

    Marcia Lacher from TheMillineryShop said 6 years ago Featured

    Growing up in Brooklyn in the '60's and remember well that every shoe repair man was an Italian gentleman complete with accent and sweet dispostion. It has been a long time since I brought my shoes in to such a craftsman. Very special kudos should go to his son for taking up the craft along side his father; that is very special.

  • marysworkshop

    Mary Wolf from marysworkshop said 6 years ago Featured

    As sweet and inspirational as this feature is, it also might cause us to pause and consider the importance of passing on this depth of character, hands on trade skills, and a strong work ethic to the next generation. Maybe instead of wanting so many things, we will choose quality, buy local and repair rather than throw away. Apparently, father and son have been fortunate to have enough customers do just that.

167 comments

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Love this story. Thanks for sharing!

  • knitsbycaitlin

    Caitlin Edge from knitsbycaitlin said 6 years ago

    Too sweet. Love it!

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    Roxana from IlluminatedPerfume said 6 years ago

    LOVE this so much!!

  • OttavaDesigns

    Ellen from OttavaDesigns said 6 years ago

    Great story!

  • inmano

    Magdalena Spiewak from inmano said 6 years ago

    Wonderful man, inspiring story, beautiful photos!

  • GrandmasFolly

    Charlene from GrandmasFolly said 6 years ago

    This is wonderful. I'm 72 and he inspires me and I won't complain about my bad back again!

  • treasurebooth

    Kelly from treasurebooth said 6 years ago

    Melt my heart. It's funny how you can watch something like this and feel nostalgia for a time you never knew...

  • whateverislovely

    Becca Nelson from whateverislovely said 6 years ago

    Loved this! "If I stayed at home I'd just be fighting with your mother." That made me chuckle.

  • dustincohen

    Dustin Cohen said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this Alison! Frank is an amazing, inspiring man.

  • yerbadeldiablo

    yerbadeldiablo said 6 years ago

    Inspiring and tastefully filmed. Thank you!

  • TheGemGirl

    TheGemGirl from TheGemGirlJewelry said 6 years ago

    Great story! Thank you Alison for passing this along. And thank you Frank for you service to our country and to your community. What an inspiration! It goes to show that we are never too old to do what we love if we are young at heart.

  • selby1628

    Selby from PostCityPrints said 6 years ago

    Love this! Such a great story!

  • kcparade

    Kim from TimeNSeasonTreasures said 6 years ago

    Beautiful absolutely beautiful.

  • kittyd

    kittyd from kittyd said 6 years ago

    Love it! :)

  • kittyd

    kittyd from kittyd said 6 years ago

    Love it!

  • TheQueenOfQuiteALot

    TheQueenOfQuiteALot from TheQueenOfQuiteALot said 6 years ago

    Beautiful & may he live long ! He's from a generation of bravery and true inspiration and unfortunately most of the younger generation will not get to know. My father was a shoemaker / cobbler RIP and his daughters always wore beautiful shoes.

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 6 years ago

    Just think the distance Frank's shoes have walked throughout his long lifetime. My grandmother is a happy and healthy 95 year old and I often imagine when I look at her, just what those ears have heard; just what those eyes have seen.

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    Mary Robertson from MaggiesInn said 6 years ago

    I have been watching these Etsy videos fo rfour years now and this is by far the best I have seen. This is an amazing man and his son is seems like such a good and decent man. What an inspiration for all of us. Age may slow us down but it does not stop us from living a real life. I would have loved to hear more about him and his work. I would love to walk into his shop and talk to him and his son. The world needs more of these stories to show what is possible. I am so impressed and encouraged by him. Wow!!!!

  • FreshFromtheFlame

    FreshFromtheFlame from FreshFromtheFlame said 6 years ago

    Once a craftsman always a craftsman.

  • ClassicMemories

    ClassicMemories from ClassicMemories said 6 years ago

    Precious story so glad I caught it. So sweet .

  • erinbonnie

    Irene from Erinbonnie said 6 years ago

    very inspiring and beautiful!

  • leobruce

    Leo Bruce Hempell from LeoBruce said 6 years ago

    I'll be lookin' for him soon . . . . . . I still get my shoes repaired instead of throwing them out. Still have my old Nokia phone too . . . . just keep scratching the contacts when the keys stop working.

  • jessicacarrielee

    Jessica Lee said 6 years ago

    wow, thats touching...

  • Waterrose

    Rose Waterrose from Waterrose said 6 years ago

    what a great story...thanks for sharing!

  • Sophiehines

    Sophie hines from Sophiehines said 6 years ago

    how beautiful!! i want to go there to get my shoes done!!

  • TheSlyFox

    Celia Boaz from TheSlyFox said 6 years ago

    Oh, this is darling!

  • lcarlsonjewelry

    Liesl Carlson from lcarlsonjewelry said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing.

  • LaAlicia

    La Alicia from LaAlicia said 6 years ago

    What a sweet sweet story! :)

  • nuevowoodcrafts

    Jesse Esquivel from NuevoWoodcrafts said 6 years ago

    Great video, I wish we could all step back in time now, he's what I would call a Brooklyn Gem!

  • TheNakedPeacock

    Misha from TheNakedPeacock said 6 years ago

    Great story, great share. 91 and still young!

  • SmallkineCreations

    Amy from SmallkineCreations said 6 years ago

    Great story! Love it. Aloha! =)

  • buhnon

    Shantel Nielson from ThePinkRaffy said 6 years ago

    Great story!

  • OLLYandOSA

    R de Boer from OLLYandOSA said 6 years ago

    Heart warming!

  • beadstylin

    beadstylin from beadstylin said 6 years ago

    He's so charming! And I love that he's keeping an old craft alive. Thanks for sharing this!

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 6 years ago

    This is fabulous! So charming!

  • welchva

    Rebecca Welch from welchva said 6 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • LittleLoneDuck

    LittleLoneDuck from LittleLoneDuck said 6 years ago

    I like his way of life. Inspiring.

  • newhopebeading

    newhopebeading from newhopebeading said 6 years ago

    Alison thank you sooo much for sharing this. My grandparents had owned their own candy store for 50 years in West NY just on the NJ side of the Lincoln Tunnel. They have since passed and I miss them still but this video made me smile remembering them and their shop. I think owning your own business keeps you young btw because my grandmother lived to be 98 and she was sharp as a tack even at that age. I think of her often when i am stuck on a business decision...I think, "what would grandma do?"...i think this much more than what i learned in college and grad school lol

  • funnydays

    funnydays from funnydays said 6 years ago

    Great story!

  • patspottery

    Pat Parker from PatsPottery said 6 years ago

    Hope I am still making pottery at 91.

  • StudioCybele

    StudioCybele from StudioCybele said 6 years ago

    LOVE this so much!!

  • EnchantedExploration

    Heather from EnchantedExploration said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! I am so impressed by shoe repair as an art form, it is such an amazing craft that I hope continues to be passed on to younger generations!

  • designlab443

    Tracy from designlab443 said 6 years ago

    This one made me smile, what a wonderful life.

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 6 years ago

    Awesome! A dying breed.

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  • jwlc

    Josephine from MettleMakes said 6 years ago

    Go Frank!

  • sukran

    Sukran Kirtis from SukranKirtisJewelry said 6 years ago

    happy to meet her:)

  • seasidecloth

    seasidecloth from seasidecloth said 6 years ago

    Inspiring and lovely.

  • PruAtelier

    Jeanne B from PruAtelier said 6 years ago

    LOVE this story and that man is a sweetie! I was just talking about the shoemaker shop just recently with a friend and how they are sorely missed....just another facet of "lost" America seemingly gone forever. I remember the yesteryears of mom taking us to the shoemaker, taking off my shoes to give to the man to repair and if I wanted to wait, I would sit in one of those little "booths" with the swing door, my feet on a little stool to keep them clean and off the floor. The scent of leather and shoe polish was the best! Now sadly, we throw the shoes away rather than repair them. That old shoemaker shop in my old home town did less and less in the years that passed and the grumpy new owner.....well, we stopped going to him!

  • dkivikko

    Donna Kivikko from PaperFlowersVintage said 6 years ago

    Just a wonderful story of an inspiring life.

  • debragalbo

    Debra Galbo from HowCuteAreYou said 6 years ago

    I love this story! Both my folks are in their 90's and still active. I think that is the secret of life, stay active and keep you mind and hands moving. In a society where things are thrown away and discarded so quickly it's nice to know there are still real craftsmen out there. Many blessing Catalfumo Family!

  • becaruns

    becaruns from becaruns said 6 years ago

    Such a perfect story to share! thank you!!

  • WoodrockTurning

    Kerry and Rie from WoodrockTurning said 6 years ago

    That is GREAT!! It would be nice when we turned to 90's and still making wooden mushrooms :)

  • enchantedplanet

    enchantedplanet from enchantedplanet said 6 years ago

    Beautiful story! A true craftsman and someone I'd love to meet. :) I also thoroughly enjoyed the photo gallery.

  • enchantedplanet

    enchantedplanet from enchantedplanet said 6 years ago

    Beautiful story! A true craftsman and someone I'd love to meet. I also thoroughly enjoyed the photo gallery. :)

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 6 years ago

    Awesome story, it brought tears to my eyes. This is what it is all about. The love of what you do and working with your family by your side. Thank you for sharing.

  • AustinModern

    Elle from ChaseAndScoutDesign said 6 years ago

    Sweet!

  • happycat2

    Carol and Carrissa from happycat2 said 6 years ago

    So sweet!

  • IceCreamCandy

    IceCreamCandy from IceCreamCandy said 6 years ago

    i love this story...so beautiful:)

  • HuellaHuella

    Fabiola Friedman from HuellaHuella said 6 years ago

    What a touching story. I love how older generations are personable, you know a pleasant appearance and manner. I truly enjoyed this video. :)

  • GisieArt

    Giselle from MyArtAndFashion said 6 years ago

    Great story, amazing man. I hope we could be as him as his age. Thank you for sharing.

  • crownring

    crownring said 6 years ago

    What a delightful gentleman! It does my heart good to see him still perking along at 90..and a half. ;)

  • careyleigh007

    Carey Long from TheTurquoiseCottage said 6 years ago

    Thank you for giving us hope for the future and encouraging us to continue pursuing our dreams ~ even in our nineties!!!

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry

    JoDene Moneuse from JoDeneMoneuseJewelry said 6 years ago

    Biggest smiles.......loved the video. Love the guy!

  • PillowcaseHeaven

    Kathy Johnson from KathysLittleAttic said 6 years ago

    Beautiful story! Thank-you for sharing it!

  • BebeChicBoutique

    Diane from BebeChicBoutique said 6 years ago

    Love the old Singer sewing machine and his hands are documents of the hard work he has done over the years. So precious.

  • yarnoverhooksforcroc

    Trish from YarnOverHooks said 6 years ago

    Definitely a different america today, what a touching story!

  • Sweetpea916

    Leslie F. from WeeWooligans said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful story! God bless the Catalfumos! Hope they'll be cobbling for many, many more years to come!

  • flauntdesignsjewelry

    Lin from FlauntDesignsJewelry said 6 years ago

    Great story - and very atmospheric photographs... They just don't make 'em like they used to!

  • SHM2013

    Silvia from MarinaBosettiDesigns said 6 years ago

    Who knows what we will be doing at 90 years of age. Times change, that is for sure. I don't know when I brought my shoes to the shoemaker the last time. Actually, I don't even know where I would find one in my area. A shame, really.

  • LeatherheadOriginals

    LeatherheadOriginals from LeatherheadOriginals said 6 years ago

    I want to still be making masks and hats when I turn 100 LOL! Very touching and inspiring story! Maybe, with the "maker" movement going on now, shoemakers/ repairers will again be a common thing in the future!

  • richardlithgow

    Richard Lithgow from RichardLithgow said 6 years ago

    That's a really nice story!

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 6 years ago

    Wonderful story...Thought this was a dying craft...Great to be working still at 91....

  • H88255

    H88255 from HillarysSuperfoods said 6 years ago

    Aw! what a wonderful story!

  • glitterandstones

    glitterandstones from glitterandstones said 6 years ago

    Wow! Amazing story Thanks for sharing

  • emwi

    Emily Wirt from emwi said 6 years ago

    Such a neat story! I have one pair of shoes I bought from a cobbler, and they are they are such great shoes. Such a wonderful art. Glad to see it still exists. :)

  • glitterandstones

    glitterandstones from glitterandstones said 6 years ago

    Wow! What an inspiring story, Thanks for sharing:)

  • dustincohen

    Dustin Cohen said 6 years ago

    These are such amazing comments! So glad everyone is enjoying Frank's story, he deserves it.

  • sahaleyjewelry

    Sahaley Jewelry from SahaleyJewelry said 6 years ago

    This video had me smiling for all 03:50 minutes! Mr. Frank Catalfumo is a real inspiration. He shows age has no limit! He is so adorable! Love his smile! I had to share this video with my entire family! We wish Mr. Frank Catalfumo and his son Michael all the very best! It sure is a family affair! Than you for inspiring us with real stories of real people!

  • dustincohen

    Dustin Cohen said 6 years ago

    These comments are amazing! So glad everyone is enjoying Frank's story, he deserves it

  • bradenhammondglass

    Braden and Kristina from BradenHammondGlass said 6 years ago

    jWhat a sweet old man - I love stories like this. Thanks for sharing!

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 6 years ago

    Great story!

  • ivanaivy

    IVY said 6 years ago

    What a lovely way to start my day!Big smile here! :-)

  • emilysmeese

    Emily from onewomancatpack said 6 years ago

    I love Etsy, but I often find that from the moment I open the front page, I am being overwhelmed with promotion from all directions and a lot of other general silliness that often comes along with sales/retail. This story was a refreshing thing to see when I logged on today. It's down to earth, beautifully told, and simplistic. I truly enjoyed this.

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 6 years ago

    Awesome story!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 6 years ago

    Touching!

  • atelierpompadour

    Paola from atelierpompadour said 6 years ago

    so sweet!!

  • SilviaMarzucchi

    Silvia Marzucchi from SteamyLab said 6 years ago

    What a great story, an inspiration to all of us!!!

  • firuzangoker

    Firuzan Goker from firuzangoker said 6 years ago

    impressive story & photos..

  • LeelaCouture

    Lola from LeelaCouture said 6 years ago

    God bless his heart. Great inspiration. Love him.

  • irinisklavounou

    irini from IrinisWorld said 6 years ago

    It's wrong to take for granted that older people are out of touch. Sure, life eventually beats most people down to a mundane level, but i see plenty of 'young' folk who dont have much going for them besides the right hair cut whilst older people who have met their own challenges successfully can be extraordinarily 'awake' in a way that is relevant beyond fashion and trends. Ultimately old age is lifes' last great challenge that will need some preparation to face up to, so it is a bit sad that in our culture 'cool' old people tend to feature as a novelty rather than a resource.

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 6 years ago

    Great story! This is my dream too after leather bags, i hope in the future i can sew shoes !

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 6 years ago

    Frank you are an amazing man ! Cheers from Paris !

  • SlowWaterStudio

    Samantha from SlowWaterStudio said 6 years ago

    Wonderful story!

  • lanamur1

    Lana Mur from FiveOceanTribe said 6 years ago

    Beautiful film ,great man !! Made me smile .

  • JewelryBeautifulMoon

    Cecilia from Mimok said 6 years ago

    Amazing story! Fantastic review!

  • Petitbijouartshop

    Mariette from Petitbijouartshop said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Beautiful story ;-)

  • Petitbijouartshop

    Mariette from Petitbijouartshop said 6 years ago

    Beautiful story! Thanks for sharing...

  • charbelle

    Charlotte from charbelle said 6 years ago

    A beautiful story - truly inspiring :)

  • PaperAltar

    PaperAltar from PaperAltar said 6 years ago

    Beautiful .

  • bearbird89

    bearbird89 said 6 years ago

    What a respectable young-at-heart man! Such a hard worker. If I lived anywhere near Brooklyn, I'd break my shoes just so he could fix them! Beautiful film.

  • CreationsbyLSM

    Laura Martinez from CreationsbyLSM said 6 years ago

    Lovely Story, thanks for sharing!

  • PillowcaseHeaven

    Kathy Johnson from KathysLittleAttic said 6 years ago

    Work with your hands and you'll never grow old! Great story!

  • noemiah

    Noémie Vaillancourt from noemiah said 6 years ago

    An inspiring touching story ♥

  • bluskys06

    Pam from BluSkysGlass said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing!

  • GnomeLady

    Marissa Lauer said 6 years ago

    Great story :-). Very cute curmudgeonly man. Glad he keeps maintaining his craft even at 91.

  • caitlinborck

    Caitlin Borck from TheSprightlyHound said 6 years ago

    I love this story! I wish there were more shoe repair shops around...I hate throwing things away but my repairs are definitely sub-par! It's so nice to be able to keep quality items around!

  • karascarbrough1

    Kara Scarbrough said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, stories like this need to told more often.

  • theopulentnest

    Jennifer Lambein from TheOpulentNest said 6 years ago

    Such a unique and beyond touching post...Thanks SO much for sharing!

  • StayArtisan

    J.K. Ramirez from HudsonBlueArtisans said 6 years ago

    Inspiring. Thanks

  • ConnieGriffin

    Connie Griffin from ConnieGriffin said 6 years ago Featured

    Very glad to have chanced upon this today. What a wonderful face. What wonderful hands. I wish he were near enough to have the chance to bring him my shoes for repair. Touching and inspiring!!

  • thatpinksack

    Dalya from thatpinksack said 6 years ago

    So inspiring! Adorable old man, it's amazing he is still going at his craft. People back then cherished their possessions, we now live in a disposable world :(

  • janeeroberti

    Jane E Roberti from janeeroberti said 6 years ago

    Frank I love ya. My Mom & Dad are from Brooklyn & Queens, about your same age, grew up in the Depression, with history in the shoe business, and WWII vet. So, you are like family to me. You are hard-working and real as can be, even in video on my computer! Thank you--when I come to NY this summer I'm bringing you my beloved old boots to repair.

  • Infinitiplus1

    Shari from Infinitiplus1 said 6 years ago

    This is a dying art. Quality hard work, wonderful video.

  • adayathome

    adayathome from PINKJALUZI said 6 years ago

    Sooo inspringg thank you for sharing!!

  • adayathome

    adayathome from PINKJALUZI said 6 years ago

    beatiful story thank you for sharing !*-*

  • sharonclancydesigns

    Sharon Clancy from SharonClancyDesigns said 6 years ago

    So inspiring, love the story! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • TryItOnAgain

    D from TryItOnAgain said 6 years ago

    Love this Story! It makes my heart warm to see him happy with what he does and have his son by his side!

  • justineallison1

    justine allison from MAHATMAPATCHWORKS said 6 years ago

    Beautiful, beautiful oldschool gent. I really needed to see and hear this very special story today. Thamk you from the bottom of my heart.

  • LeVitrail

    Natalie from LeVitrail said 6 years ago

    great guy,so inspiring!

  • marbled

    marbled from marbled said 6 years ago

    Great story!

  • karenlloyd

    Karen Lloyd from knitincolor said 6 years ago

    What a great video! I have been privileged to work with some amazing shoemakers, milliners and other artisans over a long career in the theater and this speaks for all of them.

  • karenlloyd

    Karen Lloyd from knitincolor said 6 years ago

    What a great video! I have been privileged to work with and get to know a few amazing shoemakers, milliners, beaders and other artisans during a long career in the theater and this speaks for them all.

  • SimpleShoemaking

    sharon raymond from simpleshoemaking said 6 years ago

    As a shoemaker and teacher of shoemaking i am blessed to have a comparable shoe repairman in Northampton MA who answers so many of my questions. Joe and Benny were such a heart-warming team that a dvd was made of them entitled "Two Friends". Benny passed away last year at 87, Joe is still there and no doubt will be until his last breath, hopefully many years from now.

  • arekaybk

    Renee Kleszczewski said 6 years ago Featured

    I think this story is fantastic! I live in Bensonhurst and passed by this Shoe Repair endless times not knowing what a vintage gem this is. I now know where to bring my shoes and support the locals. Thank you much!

  • piotrmichal

    Piotr Niewierowicz from BohemaGallery said 6 years ago

    Great film!

  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown from blainedesign said 6 years ago

    Those hands, those hands. I always get a little nervous when I see something like this, because I wonder, "What will we do without these skills?" It's why I am counting on this community to keep the important knowledge alive. Seriously -- I am counting on everybody's collective skills and knowledge to literally build a future.

  • NuttyKnots

    NuttyKnots from NuttyKnots said 6 years ago

    great story!

  • jacquelinehudson

    Jacqueline from Lilpumpkinboutique said 6 years ago

    Such an awesome story!

  • mbguba

    mbguba said 6 years ago

    i love the fact that there were five shoe repair shops in his area when he first started out. That's when shoes were made with a lot of quality, and people took care of them and repaired them when something went wrong. Sort of mirrors society back then. Sadly, now lots of things are throw away. Great video, he seems like a real gentleman.

  • noritadesigns

    Nora New from noritadesigns said 6 years ago

    Heart-warming on every level....I hope we can all sustain some aspect of his attitude to life in general!

  • bazketmakr

    bazketmakr from bazketmakr said 6 years ago

    I love the picture of his hands...and that great chair! So wonderful that he has stuck with his job, a simple thing that so many people need, for all these years. I would certainly frequent his shop if i could...good shoes are something to cherish, and a real shoe repair shop is hard to find! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

  • pepperpressny

    Ursula from pepperpressny said 6 years ago

    Amazing to see someone follow their passion into such age & still keep on going... very inspiring. I'll look up their address in BK and try to bring my shoes to Frank for repair just to meet him :)

  • pamela1061

    pamela1061 said 6 years ago

    Loved the video. Pleased to see father and son working together rather than the son "putting his father out to pasture" or the father resenting that he is still working to assist his son. Both can enjoy the wisdom that each comes with along with the banter too. Thanks for producing this clip. My shoe repair man is a gem who now runs the shop on his own after the passing of his wonderful father. Thanks!

  • dizhasneatstuff

    deb fearon from dizhasneatstuff said 6 years ago

    thank you for this heartwarming video. I used to have my shoes shined by an 85 year old youngster in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. oh, the stories he told and the neighborhood characters that would stop in to gossip. I wonder when those guys die, will anyone replace them and their traditions?

  • BobbyJoRocks

    Bobby Jo from SnapshotPhotographs said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. It's just amazing!

  • typed111

    TanYa pedretti from typed111 said 6 years ago

    I remember a pair of shoes in the shoe shop window when I was a child. On my walk to school I would stop and admire those shoes! They were black patent leather with coins strung across the front of the shoes and a wear on top of or behind the shoe strap. One day the shoes were gone from the window and I just knew my mom and dad had bought them for me. It was Easter holiday and I waited patiently for them to be given to me by my parents but that never happened the shoes went to another little girl. To this day I can see myself peering into the shoe shop window looking for those lost shoes. ( This is my moms childhood story) Oh how she loved the shoe shop. Thank you for the wonderful memories!

  • ClosetGothic

    Janne Perry from ClosetGothic said 6 years ago

    A truly inspiring gentleman. Thank you for showing us this video, Alison.

  • honeystreasures

    Michael and Lisa from honeystreasures said 6 years ago

    Fantastic story.

  • BethiefliesToo

    Bethie from BethieFliesToo said 6 years ago

    Amazing story! May he and his legacy go on for 91 more years at least!

  • helenbobelenhbb

    Helen Lee from HelenbobelenHbb said 6 years ago

    Makes me think of Einstein: “[Einstein’s] involvement in politics was motivated less by a craving for power than by a heartfelt desire to set right injustices and to fulfill the responsibilities incumbent on him as an unwilling co-author of history’s most terrifying weapon…..When observations of the total eclipse in 1919 detected gravitational bending of light in keeping with his theories, Einstein used his newfound international fame to speak out on issues and to advocate for a just world government….After Hiroshima, Einstein remarked, ‘If I knew they were going to do this, I would have become a shoemaker.’”

  • shetibo

    Jess from shetibo said 6 years ago

    amazing! i love seeing that some people still take things in to be repaired enough to keep this guy in business for that long! its so easy to just throw things away and buy new....

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    What an absolute sweetie Frank is!

  • parurejewelry

    Mari from AnnaMaePatterns said 6 years ago

    So wonderful! I hope that's me in 50 years:)

  • AdornmentsbyDebbie

    AdornmentsbyDebbie from AdornmentsbyDebbie said 6 years ago

    Love, love, love....a must watch.

  • TheMillineryShop

    Marcia Lacher from TheMillineryShop said 6 years ago Featured

    Growing up in Brooklyn in the '60's and remember well that every shoe repair man was an Italian gentleman complete with accent and sweet dispostion. It has been a long time since I brought my shoes in to such a craftsman. Very special kudos should go to his son for taking up the craft along side his father; that is very special.

  • urchinbags

    Clare from urchinbags said 6 years ago

    What a great video! I remember my mother dropping off her shoes to be repaired, it was a normal thing to do and that wasn't too long ago but these days it seems people just head to the big department stores for another pair.

  • Booop

    Jerrica Fields from booop said 6 years ago

    Bless his heart. I hope I'm that able bodied and diligent if I make it to his age. This was so inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

  • LilaJo

    Shana from LilaJo said 6 years ago

    Truly Awesome!

  • 1560main

    camille jesperson from 1560main said 6 years ago

    Great that he is still doing what he loves.

  • AlexScratch

    Alex Scratch from TheScratch said 6 years ago

    Inspiring story! And the pictures in the gallery are awesome too!

  • JoviesJewels

    JoviesJewels from JoviesJewels said 6 years ago

    Wonderful, Inspiring story. God bless him!

  • marysworkshop

    Mary Wolf from marysworkshop said 6 years ago Featured

    As sweet and inspirational as this feature is, it also might cause us to pause and consider the importance of passing on this depth of character, hands on trade skills, and a strong work ethic to the next generation. Maybe instead of wanting so many things, we will choose quality, buy local and repair rather than throw away. Apparently, father and son have been fortunate to have enough customers do just that.

  • redgarage

    redgarage from RedGarage said 6 years ago

    Catching a glimpse of a guy like Frank, is like seeing a unicorn or a T.V. repairman, or a doctor that makes house calls. A rare gem indeed, with a great face! Thanks for the video.

  • IncidentalGoose

    Joyce Alice from JoyceAliceSTUDIO said 6 years ago

    What a great story! I think when you have a creative interest and skill it keeps your heart happy, and people who are creative all their lives enjoy their old age. My Aunt Winkie is 90 and has done different crafts and art work all her life --- she has a shop here on Etsy called www.WinnieMarsArtWorks.etsy.com

  • PokeberryPatch

    Pokeberry Mary from PokeberryPatch said 6 years ago

    This was just a really nice video. Thank you for providing it, I shared it with my friends on facebook. :)

  • LinaNstich

    Lina Rodogianni from LinaNstitch said 6 years ago

    Thanks for keeping us inspired!

  • NirvanaRoad

    Lisa from NirvanaRoad said 6 years ago

    Beautiful story!

  • LisasFabricShop

    Lisa Aldrich from LisasFabricShop said 6 years ago

    This is so incredibly sweet. thank you so much for sharing truly touching. :)

  • somethinspecial

    Sue Faunt from somethinspecial said 6 years ago

    I love this story!!

  • erinatelier1

    Erin from AtelierErin said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful film, what a moving story! Frank took me back to an era where all creation was wrapped by hopeful dreams and inspiration, pure innocence and a feeling i rarely experience with my eyes open anymore. The one of magic...thanku Frank.

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas said 6 years ago

    this was amazing

  • RusticArtMirrors

    Jeff Hutt from woodartbyjeffhutt said 6 years ago

    God bless you Frank, what an inspiring story, it only goes to show when you love what you do that age doesn't come into play and this is what keeps him going so strong!

  • VeloNoir

    Christine Rimorin from VeloNoir said 6 years ago

    What a sweet story! Frank and his shoe repair shop are a treasure. This makes me appreciate my own neighborhood cobbler even more--he inherited the business from his own father who was also a cobbler. I don't have an idea what I'll do if he ever decides to retire. I do hope that the younger generation realizes the importance of keeping this craft alive.

  • Runningpuma24

    Felicia Plunkett from Runningpuma24 said 6 years ago

    I love this guy-- what fun it would be to sit and have storytime with him! I hope he knows how inspirational he is to all who see this video.

  • ShopIllume

    Vaughn from TheDepths said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful story. It's so interesting to hear what people have to say about their lives. I never get tired of listening.

  • karenemmahall

    Peachy Emma from handmadecardsbyPeach said 6 years ago

    Amazing and inspiring. And how many more people in their 80's and 90's are still working for themselves or for extra pennies or as a hobbie they have never given up xxx Peachy Emma@ageuk

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