Our Story

George’s Shoes and Repair is a family-owned and operated shoe and leather repair shop. This is the family that owns and operates it. (Aren’t we gorgeous?)

We’ve been offering our top-notch repair services to Minneapolis/St.Paul residents – and to mail-in customers across the globe – for more than 70 years and have serviced more than 1 million pairs of shoes over the lifetime of our business. We know that quality shoe and leather repair services are hard to find, and pride ourselves on exceptional, reliable, affordable work. Shoe care is our heritage, a practice that’s been in our family since 1905 and a tradition we’ll carry on … probably forever, if we’re being honest.

Voted the Twin Cities’ #1 shoe repair shop by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine in 2009!

George's Shoes Throughout the Years

Location Timeline

  • 1905 – Toula, Lebanon
  • 1916 – McIntosh, South Dakota
  • 1930 – Selfridge, North Dakota
  • 1943 – 464 S. Robert, West St. Paul
  • 1957 – 947 S. Robert, West St. Paul
  • 1963 – Har Mar Mall
  • 1977 – 672 Grand Ave, St. Paul
  • 1979 – Maplewood Square
  • 1980 – Rosedale Mall
  • 1981 – St. Paul NW Crossing Skyway
  • 1984Ridgedale Mall
  • 1986 – Twin Cities Sears Stores
  • 1989 – Maplewood Mall
  • 1992 – Mall of America, Bloomington
  • 2004 – 3673 Lexington North, Arden Hills

All in the Family

Current owner Ron George’s grandfather, Joe, founded George’s Shoes and Repair in 1905 in northern Lebanon. When he retired, he passed the business along to his son, Said, who ran it for nearly 40 years and moved operations from the Dakotas to St. Paul. More than 40 years ago, Ron took over, and currently runs the shop alongside his son, Luke, and daughter, Melissa. (Pictured at right. You guess which one is which.)

Everyone at George’s Shoes and Repair is proud and honored to be celebrating our 111th anniversary this year.

In addition to offering outstanding repair services, we carry a fantastic selection of high quality shoes, including:

  • Birkenstock
  • Born
  • Chaco
  • Dansko
  • Darn Tough Socks
  • Ecco
  • Florsheim
  • Haflinger
  • Merrell
  • Minnetonka Moccasins
  • Neil M – some made in the USA
  • SAS – made in USA
  • Smartwool Socks
  • Woolrich
  • ugg

We also carry a wide variety of high quality shoe and foot care products, including:

  • Insoles/Orthotics
  • Cleaners
  • Waterproofers
  • Conditioners
  • Do it yourself tools
  • Wallets, coin purses and leather goods – some made in the USA
  • Shoe trees
  • Shine boxes and Kits
  • Shoe horns and much more!

We strive to provide nothing but the best for our customers, so we’re constantly adding quality products to our website and shop!