Either way, meet Tigran "Tiko" Tonyan.
Tonyan made his first pair of shoes when he was 15 years old, in the cobblers shop his grandfather started in the family's native Armenia. Now, 27 years later, Tonyan has his own stateside shop, Weston Shoe Repair, tucked into an unassuming building in Weston Center.
The building itself isn't much to look at, but the shoes in the bay window of Tonyan's shop are another story. Two pairs of women's boots, one gray and the other brown, stand in the window. The first glance reveals that these are special boots. Intricate stitching curls into a pattern on each boot's shaft, and the leather itself is perfectly cut and shaped into a uniquely beautiful shoe.
On a quiet Thursday morning, Tonyan can be found in his immaculate shop. When he opened his shopin October 2011, Tonyan said he knew that his Weston customers
would appreciate a clean and comfortable shoe shop as opposed to the factory-like setting many such establishments resemble.
White shopping bags line the wall along one side of his shop. Each bag contains a customer's order -- resoled boots, pumps with new heels, once worn leather that looks brand new ...
And leather jackets, one a stunning shade of kelly green, hanging from a rack further showcase Tonyan's leather-working skills. He repairs and re-dyes all types of leather goods -- from shoes to purses.
Tonyan said the bulk of his work these days comes in the form of repairing his customers' beloved shoes and leather goods, but he relishes the opportunity to craft a custom pair of boots or shoes for the discerning customer.