By Duncan Armstrong
HONOLULU (KHNL) - While many companies feel the economic pinch, one profession is thriving.
"When I find a pair of shoes that are really comfortable that I love, I don't want to give them up" said Janice Takemoto-Gentile of Kaneohe.
For almost 70 years Gordon Tam has repaired shoes, 57 of those years here on 12th Avenue in Kaimuki.
"They like to come and see me and do their repairs" said Tam.
Tam's Shoe Repair is now seeing a spike in customers, seeking new soles and heels for their worn footwear. Shoes line the floor. The shelves are covered with flats and high heels and all reflect a booming business in shoe repair.
"As for my business, I think it's about maybe 75 percent, yeah. So it's pretty busy."
Industry experts say the spike for cobblers will continue.
"Definitely, I am trying to economize like everyone else" said Valerie Chang.
For Chang an old pair of shoes is like a best friend.