That's the question the Confidential columnists at the Daily News are asking today. The sliver of a shoe-repair shop on St. Mark's Place at Third Avenue rather abruptly closed before Thanksgiving, as we first noted here.
And there is some fallout from this closure. To Confidential:
Model Francesca Vuillemin is one of several lower Manhattan tastemakers who recently popped into East Village Shoe Repair to pick up shoes. Hers were pairs by Balenciaga and Miu Miu that she’d left for repairs. She estimates the kicks were worth $700.
Vuillemin had been told by the store’s proprietors many times since September that the repairs were behind schedule and had been asked to come back another time.
An EVG reader heard from proprietor Boris Zuborev that they would reopen in the David's Shoe Repair storefront on East Seventh Street. (The for rent sign is off that space.) We haven't heard anything else about this.
The Daily News tried to contact Boris, but "two calls to a number registered to [him] resulted in a pair of angry hangups."