Saturday, 26 April 2008

The Cobblers Of Batu Pahat

There are only four cobblers left in Batu Pahat, one of whom is En. Shukri, a sprightly man in his 60's, who has set up shop at the five-foot way along Jalan Abu Bakar leading to the bus station. The cost of repair depends on the complexity of the job ranging from replacing soles to gluing and stitching soles. Business is brisk as many of these shoes sent for repairs are either Nike or Adidas. Leather shoes are also commonly sent to replace the heels. The repair costs range from RM 8.00 to RM15.00.

En Shukri working on a shoe. Look at the amount stuff surrounding him. Further from him is a boy guarding his precious possessions: a stack of cardboards and some recyclable collections

Examining the condition of a customer's shoe

Repairing a shoe

Tools of the trade

Where does he keep all his stuff after a day's work? It must be tedious to cart away all the paraphernalia at the end of the day.

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