I suppose that I'm one of the few people left on this planet who see the importance of getting shoes repaired rather than tossing them out when they become broken or hobbled.
I have frequented Peter & Sons for many years, getting soles repaired, replaced, and shoes dyed when they become worn out.
I think it's much more economical to get a sole repaired if it gets a hole rather than throwing out an otherwise perfectly fine pair of shoes.
Sadly, people like me are the minority these days, as we tend to live very much in a throw-away, disposable society. There is nothing worth saving, fixing, or repairing these days, it seems. Such is why Peter & Sons is always an empty store, and why repairs can be done in such a short amount of time. It seems that the cobblers days are limited, much like the haberdasher.
Folks, if you've got a pair of nice shoes that need fixing, don't go out and buy a new pair--keep a diminishing skill in need. See your cobbler, Give them business, and ensure that yet another generation can learn to live with patched soles and such. It's okay to reuse, and it's okay to not throw away.