Constantine Anagostou opened his Hurlstone Park his business on Crinan Street in August 1966. He arrived in Australia only two years earlier at the age of 22. Today he is one of the last shoemakers.
“I love what I do and I take my time. Nobody can tell me ‘keep on moving!'”
13 Crinan St, Hurlstone Park
Con’s cats Bobby and Jerry live at the shop. He comes to the shop to feed them everyday even when he is not working.
Con’s shoes come with a lifetime guarantee. No so much the life of the shoes. As long as God keeps him alive he’s happy to fix them.
Con used to make 50 pairs of shoes a week plus repairs and orthopaedics. “Now I make one pair and I’m happy”
Con opened his shop in August 1966.
Con is unimpressed with the cheap shoes I’ve brought him to fix.
Con is one of the last shoe makers in the country. “Nobody left. One in Queensland. A couple in Melbourne”
Con last had apprentices in 1980. He has turned down work at Ultimo TAFE teaching shoemaking. After the previous teacher died they couldn’t find anyone to take the class.