Third-generation cobbler gives new life and sole to shoes at Lost Art Shoe Repair





SHOE GURU — Terry J. Durish, owner of Lost Art Shoe Repair, polishes a pair of Red Wing boots inside his store. Durish is a third-generation cobbler offering a variety of repair services for customers.

SHOE GURU — Terry J. Durish, owner of Lost Art Shoe Repair, polishes a pair of Red Wing boots inside his store. Durish is a third-generation cobbler offering a variety of repair services for customers.

FLINT TWP.
— Considering throwing out worn shoes? Terry J. Durish, a third-generation cobbler and owner of Lost Art Shoe Repair, can breathe new life and sole into worn out shoes at his newly-relocated shop.

Durish’s grandfather, John J. Durish, learned his craft as a boot and saddle maker in the Army and decided to open a shoe repair shop in Swartz Creek in 1945. From those beginnings in Swartz Creek, the shop has relocated twice, and Durish opened Lost Art’s current location, G-4157 Corunna Rd., a quarter-mile east of Wal-Mart, in the Bobier Annex five months ago.

Using a variety of machines, with some dating back to the 1923, Lost Art Shoe Repair offers a variety of services to meet the needs of its customers. The shop offers purse strap repair, belt repair, sandals and leather moccasins repair, starting at $10 and up; luggage repair, with price depending upon the repairs; ladies heels replaced/repaired and ladies lifts repaired for $15 and up; zipper replacement and repair, buttons and snaps fixed for $25 and up; tool belts and tow straps repaired for $20 and up; and cowboy boots, hunting boots and biker boots resoled and new heels for $65.

Durish, who grew up in Swartz Creek, has been repairing shoes for 47 years, and the art of shoe repair runs in the family. His father, Jerry Thomas Durish, was the second-generation cobbler in the business. Durish operates the one-man shop, and prides himself on “good work at a fair price.”

Customers must like his work and customer service; Durish sees repeat customers and those who have frequented the store for decades.

“I get customers that my grandfather has fixed their shoes,” he said. “They’ll say ‘Your grandfather fixed my shoes.”

Durish sees customers from the surrounding areas, including Owosso, Howell, Burton, Davison, Flint, Clio and Montrose. In addition to his regular customers, Durish recently acquired an account with Red Wing Shoe Store, 3023 S. Linden Rd. The account was more than 20 years in the making, and Durish now does all of the repair work for the store offering same day or next-day service.

Store hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Sunday. For more information or to have items repaired, stop by the store.

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