Slottsstadens Skomakeri is located in a workshop that goes back to 1934 - making it the oldest workshop in Malmö. The workshop and store is managed by Kenth Johansson who started as a shoemaker in Malmö on Östra Kristinelundsvägen in Slottsstaden in 1982.
Kenth is one of two cobbler masters in Malmö. Kenth got this reward at 1986 in Stockholm and has now practiced the handcraft for 37 years. The whole family is somehow involved in the workshop. Kenth's wife Monica has been working there since six years back, helping out in the store and taking care of the website. Robin's oldest son has been taught by his dad for four years and today he runs his own workshop in Karlstad called Werlmands skomakeri.
Kenth first got in touch with Hammargruppen when he met Mikael in Denmark when they were both looking for rubber soles. They immediately started working together and sold shoes from the John Spencer brand. When Hammargruppen then switched to Crockett & Jones, Kenth was not late to follow. Kenth was therefore one of the cobblers that established Crockett & Jones into the Swedish market.
We are proud to sell Crockett & Jones, it's our flagship, says Kenth and Monica. We only want to sell the best, that's what we always choose. Other brands from Hammargruppen that has passed Kenth's careful quality control are socks from Pantherella, galoshes from Swims and shoe care products from Saphir.
The combination with a workshop and a store is important for Kenth. If you have quality shoes you want to be able to repair them with a knowledgeable person. Doing the repairs in one place also makes you discover the shoes in the same location and vice versa.
Kenth's best shoe care advice is to use shoe trees to make the shoes stay in shape and to keep them dry. Keep them clean and polish them and they will last longer. It's the basic job to do for your shoes to have the longest possible length.
"Quality on Regementsgatan ”
A basic rule is that you should never cheat. Always do the job the best you can, there are no short cuts. If there is something you see that will not make a good result when you get a request from a customer you should not do it. The satisfied customer is the most important thing.
For a first pair of Crockett's Kenth picks a Connaught in the colour Chestnut. They have been popular during the last years. If you buy those, you have a good foundation to stand on. You can walk in them casually wearing a pair of jeans, as well as with a suit. You can basically wear them with anything on any occasion.
For Monica the style is Pembroke, a bit more rough with a grain leather and the Dainite sole. It's the most sold model in store. It can be used with anything, work and as an every day shoe, even on more special occasions. The sole makes it possible to wear even when the weather is bad and the grain leather is durable since it is easy to keep in good condition and does not get scratches as easily as ordinary calf leather.
Slottsstadens Shoe Repair
217 51 Malmö, Sweden