David Lee, Manager of Quality shoe repairs, Regent Street, Mansfield is set to become only the second British shoe repairer in history to claim an award at the SSIA 113th Convention in Long Beach, CA.


This shoe repair competition only attracts the very best shoe repairers in the world so standards must be of the highest quality to make the final cut.


David Lee who became Mansfield’s first ever award winner in the JR shoe repairer of the year in October 2016 is now set for his second award in less than 12 months.


What motivated me enter these competitions

For me it’s about being the best I can be not just for me but to offer the people of Mansfield a repair they can’t get anywhere else, some people will enter these competitions to say look at me I am a master in my trade or I am the best and so on but all I ever want to do is keep improving what I love to do there are some amazing shoe repairers in England and in the world so even to rub shoulders with them is such an honour, I never would’ve imagined this time last year I would be set to claim my second award in only the second competition I have ever entered I feel so blessed and to be the first and only award winner in Mansfield makes me so proud.


I owe a massive thank you to Adrian Moore my boss it was him that first gave me a chance in this trade and taught me how to do this job, I went away for many years but in 2009 I came back to Mansfield to continue in this trade and Adrian did something no one else has ever done in other shops I worked for me gave me licence to be creative with my work this gave me more passion for my job and the confidence to enter such competitions and now not only is that paying off for me but it is for the shop.


David will now travel to Long beach in July where he will find out which award he will be bringing home to Mansfield.

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