Zapatero: trade that refuses to disappear-La Prensa de Monclova

Zapatero: trade that refuses to disappear-La Prensa de Monclova

Zapatero: trade that refuses to disappear-La Prensa de Monclova

Fabiola Sanchez

For more than 50 years, the Quintanilla family has dedicated itself to shoe repair, more than a job is an art for them that has passed from generation to generation.

Despite the fact that fashion, culture and education today have prompted the new generations to forget what was a necessary service for many in the past and with great demand, the Zapatistas are still in force.

A place located on Juárez Street in the Centro Zone, is where Brayan and Eduardo Fuentes work, great-grandchildren of Juanita Quintanilla and Isidro Fuentes, pioneers in this trade in Monclova, are those who exercise what their ancestors left by inheritance.

Eduardo Fuentes explained that from his young age he attached himself to his father Juan Antonio Fuentes, from whom he learned to perform all these work of repair of the shoes that he and his brother today offer.

He pointed out that unfortunately since 2015, demand for service has fallen a lot, possibly because the new generations have become accustomed to new fashion trends and find it uncomfortable to reuse their shoes.

He recalled that when he began to give the service, many elderly people had in their leather shoes many years and asked to be repaired, arguing that it was the inheritance of their parents and did not want to lose it.

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He recognized that these are very laborious work to do and sincerely very economical, which today's people should compare before throwing away their shoes, as many could still be recovered.

He indicated that the most economical work they do in this place, is the placement of TAPAS to the ladies' slippers and one of the largest, are work of fitting from tube to boots or boots, as well as the change of sole.

He explained that the shoes that are manufactured today are practically disposable, since they do not have a long-term warranty of use, because of this, he said it is advisable that after acquiring them a shoe maker should make them the necessary sewing that strengthens the joints of the shoe or tennis.

He said that, although demand for the service has greatly decreased by up to 40 per cent, they resist disappearing and move forward, leaving their great-grandparents inheritance, the craft trade that some uncles also exercise.

Calzado repair

A shoemaker is called a person whose trade is the manufacture and repair of footwear.

Among the occupations of the shoemaker are the manufacture of templates to be inserted into the shoes after they have been delineated with a template.

It also marks and creates holes in the leather that will be used after riveting them with metal rings to insert the shoelaces.

It also puts attachments and looses to the conjunctures by replacing the old ones or sewing the new ones over the previous ones.

Fix and replace shoe heels and boots. Sew the leather open. Finally, polish and polish the shoes by applying bitumen and brushing them before handing them over to the customer.

Shoemakers also perform other leather related functions, such as belt repair and the insertion of holes or stitching of other objects such as bags.

The manual shoe maker uses a number of auxiliary elements to carry out his work.

Nowadays the machines have been replacing the tools used for the making of footwear, however, the cobbler remendon continues to use the old tools to make his compositions and even shoes artisans or for feet with malformations or deformations.


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