Guelph Circa 1999 – Diego Hadarits
Dimar Shoe Repair
Diego Hadarits opened Dimar Shoe Repair on Quebec Street in 1987. Cobbling is an ancient profession. The oldest shoe, discovered in Armenia in 2008, is estimated to be 5,500 years old, although archaeologists speculate humans started wearing shoes 40,000 years ago.
In colonial Canada, cobblers brought shoemaking practices from their European homelands. Through mechanization and industrialization, the industry evolved significantly. However, present-day cobblers, like Hadarits, still learn traditional shoe and leather repair techniques from the master cobblers who came before them.
Hadarits’ son Pablo trained in the same fashion under his father. Pablo has connected with cobblers from around the world to learn new repair methods and to bring a new level of craftsmanship to the Dimar family business, still going strong after 33 years.
Photo: Diego Hadarits, photographed by Dean Palmer at Dimar Shoe Repair