Repairing the Soul

I’m a strong believer in a good pair of boots as they are one of the few items of clothing that can last for 10 years and get better with age.   But, like most long-term relationships good boots often require an upfront investment and continual care.  With that in mind, I headed to Connie’s Shoe Repair and Bail Bonds this week on 8th Street in downtown Richmond.

Connies, owned by Nathan Elkin, is a third generation cobbler (open in 1911) that has become one of my favorite businesses in town. Henry, Nathan’s head cobbler, has resurrected a handful of my shoes in the past and this time he went to work on a pair of Ariat Ramblers (I have had these for 7 years and this is the first time I have ever had to work on them) and a pair of Billy Reid Ropers (A beautiful leather boot that was a gift for my 30th birthday).   They both needed some attention as I had worn through the heel on one and the toe on the other.   As usual, Henry and Nathan took good care of me and within a couple of days the boots were fixed, polished and better than new.

The beauty of Connies, is they have a mail in service, so you don’t have to live in Richmond to get work done.  But, if you are in town, I encourage you to stop by and see Nathan, hopefully for a shoeshine and not for a bail bond.



  • why the rubber lug sole on those beautiful billy Reid Ropers? Surely the leather sole that was on it orginally is much more elegant and in keeping with the style of that boot?

  • Paul, nice looking boots! A well made pair of boots is not only a fashion choice but a long term investment in quality. Like an old friend they are waiting each morning for another days activities!

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