Terry's All Locks (and shoes), Crofton Park

379 Brockley Road
SE4 2PH
Tel: 020 8691 0596

If the measure of a shoe repair shop is whether your shoes come back well-repaired, then this is a good shop.

They may have looked at us like we were asking for a spare part for our DeLorean when we requested the shoes be re-soled in leather and been pretty abrupt when we rang to ask whether they were ready as promised, but our shoes are now not-only leak-free, they have been given a new lease of life.

They also do locks.

34 comments:

Hugh said...

Thin news day, Nick?

patrick1971 said...

Nick, I'm sorry, I know I was the one who put you on to this and I should have warned you about their practice of resoling in rubber, not leather. Happened to me by accident (I didn't specify when I left the shoes), but I was actually pleased with the result as the original leather sole had been quite slippery! Good to know you can get leather on request.

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Brockley Nick said...

hugh - this counts as a big story by my standards. Don't worry, more property gossip soon, no doubt.

patrick1971 - no worries at all, very happy with the results.

Hugh said...

Nick, what was the charge? A gentleman's soles must always be leather.

tyrwhitt michael said...

And more to the point sewn or just glued?

Headhunter said...

Is it possible to sew on a new leather sole without dissembling the whole shoe?

Brockley Nick said...

TM - sewn.

Hugh - 35 pounds

max said...

This is the only place in Lewisham that could cut me a new car key from two halves after it had broken in the lock. Life-savers.

Takski said...

Managed to be locked out twice in the past 2 years, and both times, Terry came out in less than 20 mins. Even gave me discount for the second time for regular custom!

Graeme said...

Nick, my measure of a good shoe repair shop is whether they can do emergency work, on site, while-U-wait. As far as I know, for anything more complex than a re-heel, Terry's have to send your shoes away to be done. I ended up schlepping to Bromley last year when I realised my old-faithful Oxfords were starting to bear more than a passing resemblance to Charlie Chaplin's footwear. Took an hour and cost 20 quid for a stitched leather re-sole and heel. Just because Terry's is a local business doesn't necessarily qualify it for star-status in this respect.

On the other hand, they are fantastic for solving security related problems (my Terry's sourced, f*ck-off Chubb has been deterring bicycle thieves successfully for five years); and a friendly service to boot.

Moira said...

Merrifields in East Dulwich will handcraft shoes and all repairs and manufacture is done on the premises. I had a pair of snakeskin stilettoes resoled in leather a few years back and he did a fantastic job.

Brockley Nick said...

Graeme, they made no secret of the fact that they had to send the shoes away. That doesn't bother me, I think most shoe repair places are just drop-in centres with the work happening elsewhere. I consider not having to schlep to Bromley part of the service I pay for.

Good to hear the comments from people about their skill with keys and locks.

Graeme said...

I don't have a problem with their outsourcing per se, it's just that in my example, I needed my shoes the next day, and so I assumed that an establishment which gives the impression that it can repair shoes would somehow be geared up to do this. Like in the old days, I guess.

If all they do is send the shoes away, then logically, anybody who can wrap footwear and arrange an account with a courier and cobbler could call themselves a shoe repairer.

Brockley Nick said...

That's the beauty of the outsourced business.

They may not do the work themselves, but they offer a 'turn key' solution. Boom, boom.

pedant said...

I see you've corrected their punctuation for them, Nick. Thank you for that - I find all those misplaced apostrophes and missing question marks rather distressing.

However, I've always been happy with the work they've done for me, and that's the main thing.

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Anonymous said...

From "Arthur D Holmesley’s Parish Roundabout" which is in the 'church and community magazine of St Hilda and St Cyprian'. Always a finger on the local pulse and a newssource I hope BC will embrace:


"100 police descended on Crofton Park to raid premises dealing in
serous drugs. Terry’s All Locks was opened again after the police
raid as they had been unnecessarily raided and were innocent."

Brockley Nick said...

A date for that would be helpful please.

Anonymous said...

What better than a date: the organ itself >


www.croftonpark.com/impact/pdf/200703.pdf

Brockley Nick said...

ta

Brockley Nick said...

That magazine appears not to have been published for the last two years - which will be an impediment to BC embracing it.

Anonymous said...

that edition was such a cracker I memorised it so I can call it to mind at any moment - it's the important things that matter - yes?

Anonymous said...

Impact magazine is published every few months. Last one came out about 2 weeks ago. If you don't live in Crofton Park you won't get one through your letterbox, but you can always pick up a copy at St Hilda's.

Brockley Nick said...

They haven't updated the website since Spring 2007. I don't live in Crofton Park and am not a Church goer, but if you spot anything interesting, please email me at the usual address with the details.

Thanks

Fr Bates said...

Terry's managed to source some wonderfully strong medieaval style hasp locks for the church doors at St Hilda's - these resisted at least 2 attemptd break-ins. We like their can do approach onthese thing have appreciated som e quiet kindnesses.
Impact magaine is welland truly in publication - the webiste may be up for delopement soon and we willkeep it updated - althe more since peopelobvously lookfor it. Brockley Nick i will happily email copy for your attention if you are interested.
Thanks to all the kind blog comments.

Anonymous said...

A blessing indeed - but the spelling and grammar pedants will be sharpening their pencils... the agnostics will be ignoring the comment out of principle and the dog-fouling specialists will have their noses to the ground...

Anonymous said...

Like the proverbial watched pot that never boils, a website that says it's "updating soon" never does.

Trixie said...

I know it's not Brockley (but then neither is Crofton Park, ha!) but I have always used the shoe/key man opposite the entrance to New Cross station. They do repairs on site as far aas I know and every time I've taken shoes in to be resoled he's done them really well and added other repairs he has thought nec. at no extra charge to boot.

patrick1971 said...

Crofton Park is actually the centre of the original hamlet of Brockley...the railway station at Brockley Cross stole the name!

But I would concur with the recommendation of the chap opposite New Cross station; I used to use him when I lived there and he was generally very good. Although once when I had a shoe that needed resoling he would only do both shoes "because soles come in pairs", which I thought sounded a bit odd as don't you just cut out a piece of leather? But all the work was very professionally done.

trixie said...

yep, but didn't Telegraph Hill used to be on the Kent/Surrey border, things change innit?
Think you have to do two shoes as otherwise you may start to walk wonky (sure i remember someone telling me that a small difference in your shoes could throw you posture out of wack?)

Tamsin said...

But if only one needed repair he must be walking wonky anyway.

patrick1971 said...

Well, both were repaired so any wonk in my walk is now no longer :-)

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