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Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers - 51-6041.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Construct, decorate, or repair leather and leather-like products, such as luggage, shoes, and saddles. May use hand tools.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Boot Maker
  • Cobbler
  • Leather Worker
  • Saddle and Harness Maker
  • Shoe Cutter
  • Shoe Maker
  • Shoe Repairer
  • Shoe Repairman
  • Stitcher

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-6000 Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers
51-6040 Shoe and Leather Workers
51-6041.00 Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers

Related Occupations


  • Align and stitch or glue materials such as fabric, fleece, leather, or wood, to join parts.
  • Attach accessories or ornamentation to decorate or protect products.
  • Attach insoles to shoe lasts, affix shoe uppers, and apply heels and outsoles.
  • Cement, nail, or sew soles and heels to shoes.
  • Check the texture, color, and strength of leather to ensure that it is adequate for a particular purpose.
  • Clean and polish shoes.
  • Construct, decorate, or repair leather products according to specifications, using sewing machines, needles and thread, leather lacing, glue, clamps, hand tools, or rivets.
  • Cut out parts, following patterns or outlines, using knives, shears, scissors, or machine presses.
  • Cut, insert, position, and secure paddings, cushioning, or linings, using stitches or glue.
  • Draw patterns, using measurements, designs, plaster casts, or customer specifications, and position or outline patterns on work pieces.
  • Dress and otherwise finish boots or shoes, as by trimming the edges of new soles and heels to the shoe shape.
  • Drill or punch holes and insert or attach metal rings, handles, and fastening hardware, such as buckles.
  • Dye, soak, polish, paint, stamp, stitch, stain, buff, or engrave leather or other materials to obtain desired effects, decorations, or shapes.
  • Estimate the costs of requested products or services such as custom footwear or footwear repair, and receive payment from customers.
  • Inspect articles for defects, and remove damaged or worn parts, using hand tools.
  • Make, modify, and repair orthopedic or therapeutic footwear according to doctors' prescriptions, or modify existing footwear for people with foot problems and special needs.
  • Measure customers for fit, and discuss with them the type of footwear to be made, recommending details such as leather quality.
  • Nail heel and toe cleats onto shoes.
  • Place shoes on lasts to remove soles and heels, using knives or pliers.
  • Prepare inserts, heel pads, and lifts from casts of customers' feet.
  • Re-sew seams, and replace handles and linings of suitcases or handbags.
  • Read prescriptions or specifications, and take measurements to establish the type of product to be made, using calipers, tape measures, or rules.
  • Repair and recondition leather products such as trunks, luggage, shoes, saddles, belts, purses, and baseball gloves.
  • Repair or replace soles, heels, and other parts of footwear, using sewing, buffing and other shoe repair machines, materials, and equipment.
  • Select materials and patterns, and trace patterns onto materials to be cut out.
  • Shape shoe heels with a knife, and sand them on a buffing wheel for smoothness.
  • Stretch shoes, dampening parts and inserting and twisting parts, using an adjustable stretcher.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust fabrics or other materials during garment production.
  • Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly.
  • Apply water or solutions to fabrics or apparel.
  • Assemble garments or textile products.
  • Attach decorative or functional accessories to products.
  • Confer with customers or designers to determine order specifications.
  • Construct customized assistive medical or dental devices.
  • Cut fabrics.
  • Design templates or patterns.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
  • Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials.
  • Estimate costs of products, services, or materials.
  • Evaluate quality of materials or products.
  • Inspect garments for defects, damage, or stains.
  • Measure clients to ensure proper product fit.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
  • Operate sewing equipment.
  • Polish materials, workpieces, or finished products.
  • Position patterns on equipment, materials, or workpieces.
  • Prepare fabrics or materials for processing or production.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
  • Repair textiles or apparel.
  • Select production input materials.
  • Sew clothing or other articles.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aviation Life Support Systems Intermediate Level Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Life Support Systems Organizational Level Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Special Operations Parachute Rigger (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Bootmaker, Hand
  • Harness Maker
  • Leather Stamper
  • Ortho-Boot-Shoe Designer Maker
  • Saddle Maker
  • Shoe Repairer
  • Shoemaker, Custom

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Bootmaker, Hand
  • Cobbler
  • Custom-Leather-Products Maker
  • Finger Cobbler
  • Harness Maker
  • Last-Repairer Helper
  • Leather Stamper
  • Luggage Maker
  • Luggage Repairer
  • Orthopedic-Boot-and-Shoe Designer and Maker
  • Pad Hand
  • Repairer
  • Saddle Maker
  • Sample Shoe Inspector and Reworker
  • Shoe Repairer
  • Shoemaker, Custom