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The Wilton Shoemaker - a Legend in Wilton CT

The Wilton Shoemaker - a Legend in Wilton CT

Chris Kydes, the owner of The Wilton Shoemaker, is a legend in our town.    His shop is located at 200 Danbury Road, in Wilton, CT.   The phone number there is 203-762-5929.    They are located at the Crossroads of Route 7 and Route 33, right next to the center of town. 


The Wilton Shoemaker - a Legend in Wilton CT

Chris Kydes has been our shoemaker forever - or the better of 40 years, would be my guess.    If one has a problem with anything that has leather on it, he will fix it or advice you on it.    He is the resident expert on shoes and anything related. 

Lately, I have seen more and more of his son in the shop.   I am hoping that that means perhaps that his son may take over the shop if his dad retires?    That would be good.   I am sure that Chris Kydes is the only shoemaker for miles around, as I do not think the surrounding towns have any local shoemakers.    He owns the niche!!!    In this "throw away" society, it is good to see him saving our good shoes at The Wilton Shoemaker

When we have our Relay for Life event here in Wilton, Chris Kydes of the Wilton Shoemaker is always the quickest of the merchants to step up to the plate with one of the most wonderful donations!   I co chair the Survivors' Dinner event yearly, and we love to have at least something for each Survivor to take home with them.   So, I visit as many merchants as is possible, and ask them to donate anything that they feel comfortable with to our survivors.   Chris is reliable - we count on his shoe shine box - one of the most sought after things each year.     


shoe shine box




Hopefully, we will be lucky, and have Chris Kydes and his son here in Wilton fixing our best leather shoes for years to come!!!




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The Wilton Shoemaker - a Legend in Wilton CT


The most recent ranking of the nation’s high schools published by U.S. News & World Report distinguished Connecticut with 11 gold medal schools, 24 silver medal schools, and 4 bronze medal schools. Of the top 10 best high schools listed, half were in the 26th district. Weston, Ridgefield, Wilton, Joel Barlow, Darien, New Canaan, and Staples High School were recognized.


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Comment balloon 23 commentsDagny Eason • September 12 2010 02:30PM


Great post Dagny.  What a cute building that is!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) almost 10 years ago

Dagny, a shoe repair shop is so rare, we lost quite a few up here, although most of the repair places had owners whose names had far more vowels that that man. Thanks for sharing

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 10 years ago

Those sound like big shoes to fill Dagny! The shoe repair shop is so valuable for so many more things than just shoes! Love the little house, great marketing there!! 

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 10 years ago

Debra - Thanks!   They are the nicest folks, and have the most reliable business in town. 

Ed- That's funny - sorry that you lost a lot of your shoemakers...

Al and Peggy - It is my favorite little house!   It is right in front of you at the stoplight as you come out of town....

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Plenty of full and great information in your local area, shoe repairs shop I don't see it here, take care :) hope that you had a great weekend !


Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) almost 10 years ago

Ray -  The Wilton Shoemaker is a true legend in our town here in Wilton, partly because of his location, but also because of who he is!

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

I would think that the'running for life' run would be a great tie in with the shoemaker!  We have a small one too in our town & he says business is way up...cute story dagny

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Ginny - I never thought of that - silly!

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Dgany I love this local's where does not matter they are still there

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Posted by Lynn911.com ~ Dallas Real Estate Agent Top Team (Dallas Houses for Rent Dallas Apartment Rentals Lynn911.com ) almost 10 years ago

Hi Dagny. I've seen that little shop - how fun to know more about the owner! Fingers crossed that the next generation is as loyal to the business.

Posted by Judy Klem, Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties (Transition Stage LLC) almost 10 years ago

Dagny....I love the building.  Shoemakers are certainly a dying breed.  You are very lucky to have Chris in your area!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 10 years ago

Lynne - Yes, they are a huge bonus to Wilton, CT.   All love his services and him.

Judy -  Is this one of your first comments?   I want everyone to welcome you to Active Rain!!!

Carra - Isn't the building just the cutest ever?   The building, the man, and the business are all awesome!  a real plus to Wilton!

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

What a fabulous localism post and ditto with everyone who loved the darling house! Too cute! :)

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) almost 10 years ago

Joni - I forgot to mention that the Wilton Shoemaker has a basement there!!!!

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Dagny, Shoe repair seems to be a dwindling art. The Wilton Shoemaker shop has character. Let’s hope his sons take over when Chris retires.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) almost 10 years ago

Dagny - You have to love the birdhouse shaped shoe shop it would certainly be a landmark anywhere ..... In our throw away society shoe repair seems to be a dying art ..... good for you, being involved in the relay for life ..... like shoe making, volunteering is also a dying thing in some areas.

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) almost 10 years ago

Kathleen - I hope his son continues...

Kathy - I do love the shop - volunteering is still huge here...

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Dagny - I agree that the Wilton Shoemaker is a treasure in Wilton. Chris's son who you have been seeing more of there is Dan Kydes. He is a close friend of mine and we speak often of the shop. You have nothing to fear; Dan has big plans for its future. The Wilton Shoemaker will be a business Wilton residents will be able to rely on for many many years to come. I will pass on your kind words to him; it's loyal customers like you that have kept the business going after all these years!

Posted by RClark over 9 years ago

RClark - Thanks so much for your comments!     I love that shop, and feel they are the embodiment of true entreprenurialism!

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 9 years ago

I found old wooden sandals that I believe were made from here, they were found at Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA. Some of the information is hard to read. I have two pics of them but would need an email address to send them to. Would love to find out the history of these sandals

Posted by Kelli Dreibelbis almost 4 years ago

My email id dagnyeason@gmail.com

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) almost 4 years ago

BE CAREFUL - PLEASE - YOUR SHOES MAY JUST BE RUINED!! (Mine were)They ruined my brand new $350 shoes. The shoes were hand-painted gray, with naturally finished tan soles (I’ve never seen shoes like this - especially with that unique contrast). When we dropped-off the shoes we were very clear that we wanted sole protection (rubber pads for the soles) and heel-taps. AND most importantly, to not ruin the beautiful soles. Well, they did... when I went back to pick-up the shoes, the soles were painted (burnished) black. I was upset, but the owner recognized the error and said he would fix it. I have used the Wilton Shoe Maker before (with no problems) so trusted he would...He didn’t... upon my return, they had now burnished the soles tan (picture tan house paint on the soles of a pair of shoes). Their (he and his son’s) views were that was the best they could do, all they could do. I was dumbfounded, saying that was unacceptable and they needed to return the shoes to their original condition, or they owed me $350 for the shoes. They responded “take us to small claims court”. I was dumbfounded yet again. How does a business treat a WRONGED CUSTOMER that way?!?! So I convinced them to take one more shot... I picked them up and they are not back to their original condition (by a long shot), but they are better than the “tan house paint” they were, and being at my wits-end, at this point I’ve convinced myself this is the best I’m going to get, so I left with the shoes. But here is the kicker... THEY WANTED TO CHARGE ME... and not only charge me the amount that was agreed upon when the shoes were originally brought in, but more!! Then, after having my brand new shoes ruined, being charged for the work that ruined them, being told to “take us to small claims court”, I was also threatened upon leaving the workshop. MY ADVICE: LOOK FOR ANOTHER COBBLER. The Wilton Shoe Maker isn’t the only game in town.

Posted by Bryan Campbell over 2 years ago

Bryan Campbell. -    I am so sorry that you had that experience!!!!    I hope that R Clark from above reads this also and speaks to them about it.  I know I will the next time I see them.   


Thank you, and I hope this is the only time this has happened.  They are so generous with helping me with the Relay for Life.     

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 2 years ago