Walk a mile in your shoes - Ernest's Story

shoemaker

My connection with Punt Rd (Hoddle St) was as a newcomer from the U.K. in 1968. New-made friends advised me that, if I needed new good quality shoes, I should go to Punt Road, to a small workshop just opposite Yarra Park. Down a short laneway was Rylan Shoes, shoe and boot makers.

There you could see two or three workers at different stages making shoes by hand. You then selected which shoes you liked. If needed, you left your order and would be advised by phone when the order was ready. My last pair are still being used as gardening shoes.
 
Another memory is driving the length of this road with a caravan, grumbling about the traffic all the way, to get away on our yearly holidays. This was during the early 1980s.

Image courtesy of the State Library Victoria: www.slv.vic.gov.au
Date(s): [1950]
Creator: Sievers, Wolfgang, 1913-2007 photographer.
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