We take our shoes to the next village to be repaired. The cobbler there works very hard with his little hammer and the shoes are returned as good as new!!
Many traditional style cobblers in their own shop rather than part of a franchise have a acquired an automaton cobbler to sit in the window and attract attention. This one has quite modern dress and a pair of crepe soled boots, which for those in the know will give it's date of manufacture.
Automatons have a very long history, from the ancient times. One built in 1810 and restored much later can be seen here.