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Two young shoemakers bucking the trend

Published:Friday | September 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMCorey Robinson
Young shoemaker Nicholas Samuels helps a female customer to add style to a pair of shoes she had just purchased in downtown Kingston.

Twenty-four-year-old Oshane Mullings and Nicholas Samuels, also in his 20s, are two of the few young shoemakers working in the Corporate Area.

They operate at the intersection of Luke Lane and Barry Street in downtown, Kingston, are hoping to one day move their practise from off the street side and into their own shops.

"We deh innah di heart of downtown Kingston and if somebody walking right now and them shoes pop off, no matter how expensive it is, no matter how cheap it is, they are searching for the shoemaker and people are telling them that the shoemakers are right around there so at Luke Lane and Barry Street," said Mullings.

"Sometimes some people buy shoes that other people would say them should throw away if they are damaged. But sometimes strings are attached to the some people's shoes and they don't want to throw it away. So we have to be here to provide a service," added Samuels.