Unlike many things, shoe repair shops are available and plentiful this land. But the one on 12 Pervomaiskaya, Kandalaksha, stands out. It is one of very view remaining places able to make a boot from scratch. Leather, rubber, thread, your foot of course, a week of time, and you got it. Two pairs waiting to be picked up impressed me with their light weight, proper balance and easy feel, and total absence of that gaudy aesthetics that currently rules the scene.
Photos coming up. Movie makers in need of credible 1980s scenery make a note of the place. Only Odessa shoe repair shops using end of 19th century equipment impressed me more.