Our Story

JD's Shoe repair was founded in 2009 by Julie Derrick, a cobbler trained in Portland under the tutelage of master cobblers. The original space was in a rehabilitated gas station on North Vancouver Ave. The shop has resided in its current location at 7015 N Greeley Ave since 2017 Working in local shoe repair shops formed the basis of Julie's cobbling skills, and she has been fortunate to be mentored by some of the most experienced cobblers in the region. The values that guide JD's shoe repair have been present from the start: a commitment to hard work, creative approaches to repair, and the notion that beloved and useful items can be reinforced and repaired rather than thrown to the wayside. .


Shoe repair fits with Julie's core held ethic of maintaining and reusing rather than contributing to the ever larger heap of garbage in the world. JD's shoe repair focuses on the need to stay comfortable on our feet. The shop provides repairs and maintenance to working people and travelers of all kinds, from musicians and dancers to laborers and nurses. Shoe repair is for everyone, and the staff works to create a welcoming and supportive environment in the shop for anyone who needs their shoes to keep going a few more miles.


When you choose to do business with JD's Shoe Repair, we will do our best to provide quality work at fair prices. Our customers are our lifeline, and we make every effort to be clear, honest, and responsive to your needs. Be assured, that when you a choose shoe repair, no matter which shop does the work, you are supporting a small business. We don't get it right every time and we do take risks in working with unfamiliar materials, but we do try in all sincerity to meet your needs throughout the process. We value your business, and we support the craft of shoe repair to the fullest.


Meet Your Cobblers

We’re good at this, and we love what we do. We’re continually working to provide the best quality repair on which our customers can depend. Experience combines in shop life, and we work well together to solve creative and technical challenges. Even when we are literally up to our eyeballs in shoes, we are always giving our best efforts to provide solid work and customer care.


Our collective experience adds up to nearly a hundred years of work in the shoe repair trade. We are continually adding skills and knowledge through daily practice, teaching each other, and consulting with a worldwide network of cobblers.


We use high quality materials at each stage of repair, and we take the time required to do the most thorough repairs possible. Our work shows the care that goes into every project.


We have developed a reputation for being steady, consistent, and capable. Your shoes and boots come back to you as better versions of themselves, ready to get back to work in your life.