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New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic city that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
This isn't Chelsea Cobbler's sign, but you get the idea. Image via mikeledray/Shutterstock
Corey Stokes is the in-house men's stylist for Brooks Brothers, where he handles all of the styling for the brand's e-commerce site. Previously, he's worked as a contributing style writer for Complex Magazine, and he's also lent his eye to brands like Dr. Pepper and PUMA. (Additionally, he's helped men like Big Sean and Pusha-T get dressed for red-carpet events.) Here, he shows us the only spot he trusts for shoe repairs.
Chelsea Cobbler on Seventh Avenue has saved the lives of a few pairs of my shoes, especially my favorite pair of wingtips that I picked up while shooting in Toronto a few years ago. The prices are reasonable (usually around $35 for a new sole and bit more for boots), and the service is great. I was recommended this place by a friend, and now I'm always passing this gem along to anyone in need. I can guarantee they'll bring any shoe back to life, along with a free polish afterwards.
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