My shoes did look embarrassing. Des Moines shoe and luggage is where I go when I need a shoe repaired, resoled, or something done for a client. The Raymond family has been in the shoe repair business for over 40 years and occupies a shop in Valley Junction that has been a shoe shop for over 100 years. Most men spend too little on their shoes, wear them for a year and then throw them out. Every time I stop by the store they ask me to bring a new Alden and Allen Edmonds catalog. In the same way a tailor appreciates working on well made suits. These guys love working on shoes that are made to be worn and worn out, then brought back to life like they were designed to. They give great advice about quality and shoe care products. They work on everything from bags to custom shoes and boots. But it’s sad to see all these great old machines and knowledge work on lesser quality shoes.
Des Moines Shoe and Luggage
204 5th st
West Des Moines 50265
M-F 8am to 5:30 pm
Sat 8am to 3pm
Closed Sunday and 12- 12:30 Daily for lunch
The boot is the Dalton in Walnut Shell Cordovan from Allen Edmonds