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On the clock: Shoe repair shop owner keeps his customers walking in

Master craftsman Michael Mastroianni, of Michael's Shoe Service located on Union St., repairs a women's shoe heel at the shop on Wednesday afternoon.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Master craftsman Michael Mastroianni, of Michael's Shoe Service located on Union St., repairs a women's shoe heel at the shop on Wednesday afternoon.
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People have to eat, so there will always be farmers. People have to walk, so there will always be shoemakers. Michael A. Mastroianni likes to think there will always be shoe repairmen, too. As proprietor of Michael’s Shoe Service on Upper Union Street in Schenectady, he replaces soles, extends straps, installs new heels and keeps old pairs of loafers, dress shoes and boots on the move. Just after 1 p.m. on a recent Wednesday, Mastroianni ...

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