Octogenarian cobbler rescues the soles of Beverly Hills

Arturo Azinian plucked a pair of Chanel pumps from a box full of shoes, unfazed by the leather peeling off the interlocking Cs on the toes or the tarnished metallic heels. “These have a lot of miles on them, but they will be like new, for about $70,” said Azinian, an 88-year-old Beverly Hills cobbler famous for saving the fancy footwear of the elite in the ritzy 90210 zip code. Just steps from boutique-lined Rodeo Drive sits the decidedly unglamorous Arturo’s Shoe Fixx, where the Argentine immigrant toils for 13 hours a day in a warren of whirring machines and shoes stacked to the ceiling. Read Full Article


Pro Tips: How to Keep Your Shoes in Tip-Top Shape

Up until recently, I didn’t take great care of my shoes. All of that changed after a recent dinner with a friend, when she walked in with what looked like a brand new pair of heels. I complimented her and didn’t believe her when she told me they were twelve years old. That’s when I decided to seek out Arturo Azinian of Arturo’s. Azinian has been Los Angeles’ “King of Sling” since 1964 – the last seventeen of which he’s worked alongside his grandson, Ari. These master crafters have rescued the torn, stained, and broken shoes (and purses) of their devoted clients – extending the life of many Manolos and Louboutins. Here, Arturo and Ari share their tips on keeping your favorite shoes pristine, along with a great purse tip! Read Full Article


You Can Trust This Shoe Repair Shop With Anything

This is L.A.’s most reliable destination for shoe repair. “Arturo and his staff are amazing,” says Monique Lhullier. “I’ve been coming here for twelve years and they are consistent. I trust them with everything.” Read full article


My LA to Z: Michael Nouri

If people want to have the best shoe repair, handbag repair, leather repair, go to Arturo on Little Santa Monica Boulevard.  I take my shoes there for repairs.  He can do anything.  I thought I’d lost a couple of pairs of shoes, but he repaired them.  Read Full Article