Italian Craft


For over 50 years, Giovanni D’Italia Shoe Repair has been serving Hoboken and it’s neighbors with expert, Italian craftsmanship.

At only eight years old, Giovanni went to live with family members in the small village of Saracena in the Calabria region of southern Italy an area known, for its leather and wine. At that young age, he began learning the art of shoemaking. With generations of shoemakers in his family in, leather and shoe repairs was a way of life. Meanwhile, while learning his craft in Italy, Giovanni’s father was settling into Hoboken and establishing his business. A year later, missing his son, he sent for Giovanni and together they lived in a small basement apartment at 628 Garden Street.

Though now located at 266 7th Street; Giovanni D’Italia Shoe Repair was a fixture on the corner of Garden and 7th from November 16, 1960 until June, 2012. We have seen Hoboken grow and change; throughout the years we have always dedicated ourselves to quality workmanship and customer service. We strive to hire the most experienced artisans who have a passion for their craft and genuine concern for their customers and the community.

From 1960 to 2012, our shop has been a Hoboken landmark. In an era of chains and franchises, we’re proud to be a family-owned business. We look forward to seeing you at the shop!

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