Who We Are
Cobblers of Kew is a family business, with father and son Andrew and Michael Ioannou now running this iconic business that has over 150 years of history in Kew. Making it one of the longest operating shoe repairers in Melbourne.
With 3 generations of experience in shoe and bag repairs, we can repair just about anything! Our business offers an eclectic range of services including shoe repairs, locksmithing, keys cutting, car key replacement, garage and gate remote replacement, engraving, watch bands and watch battery replacement.
In addition to our service we also supply a large range of products by RM Williams and EMU Australia as well a shoe care and leather care products and accessories.
Our Proud History
Harilaos Ioannou was born in Cyprus in 1931, at the tender age of 15 he began to gain experience at his uncles shoe repair business where he worked for 3 years for no pay. After which he the moved to the city where he worked for a company learning pattern and boot making.
In 1951 at the age of 20 he went to Egypt for 2 years to make Officers boots for the British Armed Forces.
At the age of 32 he moved with his family to London where he opened a business making hand made ladies shoes where he taught his son Andrew the family craft of shoemaking until 1968, when he migrated the family to Australia. Where he continued his passion at Footrest Shoes until retirement, such was his love for bootmaking, he continued his craft from his home garage till he was 82.
In 1999 Andrew and wife Maria tookover the 130 year old Cobblers of Kew, where they both taught son Michael the family craft which Andrew had learned from his father back in London.