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Published July 28th 2014
Why buy new when you can renew?
Step into a time machine as you walk through the doors of Brandon's Shoe Repairs in Annerley Junction and into the fancy free 1960's. Third generation cobbler, Trevor Brandon or his wife Frances will take your favourite boots, heels or sneakers as you stand at the front desk which has seen thousands of shoes before yours. Trevor and his team will lovingly restore them to their former glory and have you toe-tapping out of the store again in just a few days time.
Take a peek around the store while you are there and you will see relics of signage which has been in use over decades. It's a symbol of the slow decline in the number of these types of businesses across Brisbane and our society's new need for new rather than fixing a worn out but faithful pair of shoes.
There are racks of very comfortable looking shoes which suit the older population in Annerley. However, you'll also find a range of very fun and Gothic treads which will entice even the youngest of your teenagers into purchasing. A blend of the old and new speaks of the history of the store as well as the future, with the Brandon children now having a hand in what is bought and sold in store.
Trevor followed in his father's footsteps and his father's before him but real cobblers are now hard to find in Brisbane and Trevor is a dying breed. He takes great care with each and every shoe which comes to him for help and has also been known to receive boots and shoes in the post from country folk who can't make it into the city.
If you are in the neighbourhood, it's well worth a look and a chat to this beautiful local couple.