Besides repairing broken-down footwear, the cobblers in the past made shoes themselves. The cobbler’s shop was open from sunrise to sundown, with a workbench and shoe repair/making tools. He was stooped over his bench, working endless hours wearing the characteristic leather apron. At that shop he received orders from his customers. Those were times when people could not afford to buy new pairs of shoes every time they wore out. Thus, they had to go the cobbler’s for repairs, such as sewing up holes, gluing detached soles, replacing worn soles with new ones. This profession is almost gone now.