Shoemaker Uriel Gurgov immigrated to the United States on Jan. 21, 1993.
He was born in 1962 in the city of Bukhara, which is located in Uzbekistan, once an ancient trading city situated along the Silk Road in Central Asia.
Uriel embarked on a grueling journey out of his hometown in the
Early 1990s, which at the time emigration among Buhkarian Jews was prevalent.
Before the family departed Bukhara, they paid a short visit to the cemetery to say farewell to their forefathers. Along the way,
they paid out a lot of money to border police, guards, and airport security. Eventually, they arrived in Moscow, and
from there, they flew to America in search of a new life.
New Shop, New Direction
For Three centuries, highly skilled craftsmen called "USTAD" practiced traditional crafts in Central Asia and beyond.
Some of this included
jewelry-making, armory, carpet weaving, and shoemaking. Bukhara, Uzbekistan, was considered one of the major handicraft centers, often visited by wealthy merchants along the Silk Road. Skilled craftsmen would often take in apprentices who would learn their trade. This is also how Uriel learned the craft of shoemaking. He explained that his father would often take him to many crafting hubs where he would be taught various skills in exchange for free work. These skills helped Uriel kickstart his shoemaking businessafter moving to the United States.
Uriel purchased his Shoe Repair Shop in 1994, less than a year after arriving in the United States. With the help of generous Family/Friends & a bank loan of $15,000, he started a shoemaking business and has since been working there.
His apartment is on the next block. "
what else do you need, Uriel says?
I have a family, wife, children, and grandchildren. I appreciate it, I'm satisfied."
Shoemaker Uriel considers shoemaking a real craft, one that requires the craftsman to really know his customer's problem in order to help them accordingly. He places great importance on wearing the right shoes. "You can have hundreds of shoes but, If you wear one shoe and you're not tired of it, then that's a good shoe." He said many people wear the wrong types of shoes. They develop pain and fatigue, leading to serious health problems resulting in thousands of dollars in medical bills. He believes that making even a simple change in your footwear is enough to make a significant difference to your health. For instance, slightly changing the shoe size or purchasing one with good arch support can make a difference.
We have been working with top brands in the industry and are familial with all high end leather good & repairs. Uriel has built his business with his amazing craftsmanship and his pure honesty. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.
We Also Specialize In Repairing & Servicing Antique Clocks, We Work With Any & All Automatic
Battery Replacement, Band Replacement, Broken Watch Glass Replacement.
MENS & WOMEN SHOE REPAIR
*Shoe & Boot Resoling
(LEATHER OR RUBBER)
*Western Boot Resoling
*Shoe & Boot Refinishing & Conditioning
*Orthopedic Shoe Modifications / Lifts
*STILETTO Heels Lowered for Comfort
*Sole Protectors / Sole Guards
*Shoe Polishing & Dyeing
*Vibram Sole Replacement
*Birkenstock Repair / Resoling
*Reconditioning Leather Treatment / Salt damage
*Leather Jacket Cleaning / Coloring (darker colors only)
*Protective Heel & Toe Plates
*Suede Cleaning (UGGS)
*Velcro Installation or Replacement
*PURSE HANDLE SHORTENING