| Newton MA News and Politics BlogIndustries come and go.

Common types of shop yesterday are rare today.  Yes there are still a few TV repair shops, video rental stores, typewriter shops, cobblers, etc – but they are now specialties – few and far between.

Given that, how do we explain that Waban’s modest village center has not one but two cobblers?

The Waban Shoe Repairing Company is on Beacon St in the same block as the hardware store.  Hidden right around the corner from Starbuck’s is the wonderfully named Sole Man.

So what’s the deal?  Why is Waban a hot bed of cobblers.  Do Waban people not wear sneakers?  Are they a particularly frugal village that re-soles their old shoes rather than buy new ones.   Do Waban folks buy better shoes that last long enough to merit regular scheduled maintenance?

Inquiring minds want to know.  What’s with Waban’s shoes?