A lot of sole
The smell hits first as you descend the short flight of steps into the basement. It’s sharp and overpowering, a mix of rubber and old leather. This is where old shoes go to be reborn.
The basement workshop in Tamas “Zen” Pomazi’s Waconia, Minn., home is filled with shoes: Red Wing work boots, wingtips and loafers overflow the shelf space and sprawl across the floor.
Each aging shoe will go through the same process — Pomazi pulls them apart, then stitches them back together, and finally, outfits the bottom with an eye-popping custom-colored sole. Posted on April 14, 2013.
Master cobbler Tamas “Zen” Pomazi has a workshop in the basement of his Waconia, Minn., home. (Tom Wallace/Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Shoes from Pomazi’s Green-wich Vintage company in Minnesota have become trendy for fashionable men. (Tom Wallace/Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Pomazi pours red liquid rubber into sole molds. It will cure in 90 minutes. (Tom Wallace/Minneapolis Star Tribune)
By the time GQ and Esquire began calling colored soles a trend to watch, Pomazi had firmly established himself as the color-obsessed cobbler of the Twin Cities. (Tom Wallace/Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Master cobbler Tamas “Zen” Pomazi trims a custom red sole on a pair of work boots in his Waconia, Minn., workshop. (Tom Wallace/Minneapolis Star Tribune)