Moss Shoe Repair celebrates its 40th anniversary | Characteristics

Terry Moss has been saving soles and repairing heels at 1216 Triplett St. for 40 years.

During those years at Moss Shoe Repair, he estimates that he repaired over 200,000 pairs of shoes.

While saving soles, Moss also works to save souls.

He began putting Gospel tracts in every pair of shoes he repaired at the age of 29.

So far, the number of plots has reached 208,000.

And Moss had repaired shoes 10 years ago.

He repairs an average of about 4,000 pairs of shoes a year, he said.

“I was 19 when I bought the business from my grandfather, Jesse Frakes, in 1981,” Moss said. “I had worked with him 10 years ago, sweeping the floors in the beginning. When I was 13 he let me start putting on heels.

Frakes had had a long career in shoemaking by the time he sold the business in 1981.

In January 1944, Raines Shoe Hospital announced that Frakes “an experienced shoemaker is back among us”.

A year later he was at Frakes Brothers Shoe Shop, 1004 E. Fourth St.

And a few years later he was with National Cleaners and Shoe Rebuilders, 1604 Triplett St.

“He built this building in 1971,” Moss said.

Since Don Raines’ death five years ago and the closure of Raines Shoe Hospital, Moss has been the only shoemaker in town.

“There were eight when I started,” he said.

Raines Shoe Hospital “was number 1,” Moss said. “Don was one of the best artisans. We have always helped each other. If I ran out of something I would call him to see if he had any that I could get and

He said, “I do a lot of reinforcements for people who have one leg shorter than the other. I make the sole thicker on the shoe for the shorter leg. Sometimes I do 12 a week.

Moss also sells western boots and work boots.

He estimates that there are over 200 pairs in stock, ranging from $ 89.95 to $ 280.

The most expensive boots are exotic boots, made of ostrich or lizard skin.

“I’m also going to have snakeskin,” Moss said.

Despite the large number of inexpensive shoes on the market today, he said, “The trade is still good. I do a lot more glue work these days. But I also repair a lot of good shoes and boots.

Moss said: “I used to fix handbags, coats, almost anything leather, but I don’t do that anymore. I turn down three or four jobs a day. I just don’t have time. I work

He is 62 now and plans to retire in about four years.

“If I could find someone who wanted to buy the business, I would train them,” Moss said. “It’s a good deal for someone looking for a business to own. “

For Moss, “This is what I always wanted to do. I like my job.”

He said, “I give God all the glory for my life. I survived colon cancer 10 years ago and kidney cancer two years ago.

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