#AtHomeWithWalters w/ Lorena Agolli of Sole Survivor
Welcome to the second instalment of our ongoing series #AtHomeWithWalters, where we go into members of our communities' closets and chat all things shoes + shoe care with them. This time, we got to visit Lorena Agolli's amazing live/work space in Toronto.
ABOUT LO: Lorena a.k.a 'Lo' is the owner and head cobbler of Sole Survivor - an all-female shoe and leather repair shop located in Parkdale. Since 2013, she has been cementing the business into a go-to establishment for anyone facing footwear dilemmas. Sole Survivor offers traditional techniques and unmatched attention to detail, transforming all types of shoes, boots, handbags and leather goods while upholding a commitment to exceptional workmanship. Lo educates on the step-by-step repair process and offers helpful tips to assist with the upkeep and protection of any item you bring through her doors. Her and her skilled staff treat each repair with the utmost care and ultimately their respect and passion for well-made footwear and leather goods is reflected in the work. We took a look inside her studio and asked her some footwear questions (and also peeped some Walter's products hanging around...)
It wasn't necessarily shoes I fell in love with at first, I just wanted to be creative and work with my hands and hopefully create something that I would enjoy. Shoes specifically were just a happy accident. I made myself a leather pair of house moccasins and fell in love with the fact that I made something I could wear and walk on, and it started from there...
Tell us a little about how you got into the world of shoe repair.
What's your favourite part of what you do?
What's your favourite pair of shoes and why?
What's your favourite Walter's product?
What's the most you've ever spent on a pair of shoes?
High top or low?