Shoe Repairer


Shoe cobbler

Minimum 5thstandard

Minimum 4-5 years of relevant work experience

The tasks a Shoe Repairer, Cobbler is expected to perform include:

Repairing and reconditioning old, worn out and defective shoes, sandals, slippers, etc. using hand tools to make them serviceable

Carrying own tools and materials and going round different localities

Collecting worn out footwear from customers for repairs

Examining defects, determining repairs to be done and settling repair charges with customer

Removing or cutting off worn out portion of footwear and repairing them by re-soling, attaching heels, stitching ripped seams, skiving and patching with new pieces of leather after softening of leather, etc.

Fixing nails where necessary by placing shoe on iron last

Ensuring that the sharp ends of nails are well bedded inside leather

Polishing shoes after repairs if desired by customer

Repairing other leather articles, if required

Proficient in identifying the kind of shoes and its construction which is basic requirement for a cobbler

Knowledge of common problem faced in work environment

Proficient in handling all tools and techniques

Knowledge of different types of materials used for this particular operation

Skilled in repairing other leather articles

Proficient in hand stitching , fitting and folding operation

Will be updated

Good hand-eye coordination

Accuracy of work

Fair judgment in positioning different components

Good vision

Depth perception

Manual dexterity

It is a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Factories usually work for 6 days a week for 8 hours everyday. This may vary from factory to factory

Self-employment is an option in this case working hour and working days will be flexible

Shift system is available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?This job is suitable for candidates with One Arm (OA), One Leg (OL), Both Leg (BL), One Arm and One Leg (OLA), Low Vision (LV) and those who have Hearing Impaired (HH)

The job is not listed as hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

Occupational hazard includes risk of injuring fingers and body, fatigue, etc.

For freshers - INR 4,200 to INR 5,000 per month

For candidates with 1-2 years of experience or more - INR 5,500 to INR 6,500 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Current Trend and Future Growth of Leather Sector in India

The leather industry in India produces approx. 1055 billion worth of leather in various forms. Out of this, 661 billion (62%) is consumed domestically and the remaining is exported (37%). This share of consumption and export is estimated to change and in 2020 India will account for 1.4 trillion (59.1%) worth of domestic consumption and earn 673 billion (40.9%) worth from exports.

Organized retail is expected to grow at a CAGR of 25% to reach USD 200 Billion by 2020.

Demand growth for leather goods is expected from footwear, bags, purses, furniture etc. all driven by the Indian consumption boom. Penetration of export markets is expected to rise in the wake of increased sourcing by global retail majors and luxury brands. Key segments for human resource development in the industry include finished leather, leather footwear and leather goods.

India is the second largest global maker of footwear after China, accounting for 13% of global footwear production of 16 billion pairs. India produces 2065 million pairs of footwear, of which about 115 million pairs are exported. The major production centres in India are Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Mumbai, Kanpur, Kolkata, etc.

The sector currently employs over 3.09 million employees and is slated to employ more than 6.8 million employees by 2022. This implies additional creation of approx. 3.7 million jobs in the nine-year period. The leather footwear segment currently employs 0.78 million people and is expected to employ 1.44 million people by 2020. This will result in an incremental growth of around 0.66 million jobs. Also unorganized sector for goods repairing currently employs 0.85 million employees and is expected to employ 2.01 million people by 2020. All these factors will result in more job opportunities for candidates applying in this sector across India.

Leather footwear manufacturing factories across India


Leather footwear manufacturing factories across India

Footwear Design & Development Institute, Noida

Central Footwear Training Institute, Chennai & Agra

Government Leather Technology College, Kolkata


Net Services India Pvt Ltd

IL&FS Skills Development Corporation Ltd Indian Institute of Leather Products (IILP) KILT, Karnataka

Central Institute of Vocational Education

Mirams Training Services India Pvt Ltd