Sneakobbler provides neighbourhoods with a unique sole- fixing service and repair workshop, driven by a wheelbarrow, especially for amateur athletes, skaters, and someone who loves his/her broken old and cozy sneaker.
The repair manifesto of Sneakobbler is: ‘’Replacing is not repair. Repair is subtractive. Repair is new luxury.” Today, shoes are consumable; shoe fetishism is the classic example. Once outsoles get damaged, people prefer to purchase new pair shoes rather than wear worn shoes. Increasingly, sneaker manufacturers are beginning to use recycled materials to produce soles that rapidly speed up the shoes' degradation. Consequently, the sole is easily worn out, but the upper part still looks new. Inspired by the Japanese mending craft, Kintsugi, Sneakobbler develops a gold-plated repair technique to shape user’s behaviour; the sole golden patch makes users conscious of their gait, in order to avoid damaging their soles. The symbolic golden gilding celebrates the 'scar' that can refer to Wabi-Sabi, Taoist, and Buddhist philosophy - People learn something and gain experience from this wound, because nothing is permanent in life.
‘‘ You shape shoes. We goldpatch soles. Soles shape you.’’