Red Wing Cobbler Sole Survivor
When her boss retired in 2013, Lorena Agolli was faced with the decision of whether to take over Sole Survivor or leave things to chance under new ownership. She decided to go all-in and take the reigns of the Toronto cobbling operation.
The first winter in the basement shop was a long one. Lorena recalls working 14-hour days alone, refining her craft and doing everything she could to keep up with growing demand.
Today, she oversees five female employees and an apprentice and runs a second location across town. One look inside Sole Survivor’s shops or a scroll through its Instagram feed makes it clear why it has emerged as a sought after repair and customization destination in the bustling city.
The shop’s foundations are built on rock-solid repairs, and it distinguishes itself with one-of-a-kind custom jobs that turn heads with creativity and precise execution. Lorena and her employees treat each pair of shoes and boots that come in with a reverence that reflects their respect for well-made footwear and passion for extending their lifespan.
Pics by Lucy Hawthorne Photography.
Read also episode #1 of Red Wing Shoes Cobblers here.