About Mike's Shoe Shop
Mike’s Shoe Shop in Scarborough, Maine has been providing repair services to the surrounding communities for over twenty years. We repair many different items with our primary business being shoe repair.
Owner & Cobbler
My name is Michael Lentz and this is my business. I’ve been fixing things since I was old enough to take things apart and put them back together. This might have been a lawn mower, bike, watch or something else unfortunate enough to be in front of me when the mood struck. Sometimes, I’d be able to get them back together, and other times not. I’ve improved remarkably since then.
This is a family business so I’ve been exposed to repairing from the beginning. I remember helping my Dad around the house and with the cars until I was old enough to go with him to the shoe shop. That is how I learned the trade. I started working regularly there during high school. I remember the first thing my Dad had me do was clean the shop. I think that was the first time the floor had been swept since it opened in 1923. It takes a couple of years to learn the basic skills of the trade and a lifetime to perfect them.
After graduating from University of Southern Maine, I decided that I wanted to be an engineer. A few years later, I got laid off...Ouch...and discovered my true calling. Here I am 22 years later and my repair business is thriving. I love my business, enjoy my work, and I hope it shows when you come into my shop!
Co-owner & Cobbler
My name is Darci Lentz, Mike's middle daughter. I've been training under my father for the last five years. Being raised by can-do people was the corner stone to my art. I take pride in being a woman in a non-traditional profession. I have it in my blood and I am honored in being a handy girl.
Being part of a family business has been the best part of becoming a cobbler. I have always been a "Daddy's girl" so it's no wonder I wanted to be just like him when I grew up. As a teenager, I spent many weekends at the shop; never knowing that I was learning the trade that would mold my future. After high school, I wanted to find my own path. However, I thought often about joining my father in the family business. A few years after being on my own journey, my heart led me back to the shop. My first real love, where I shined.
I take pride in my work, I am blessed to be able to work with my hands everyday. Every sole, rip or tear gets equal attention and love. We aim to please, and make every repair seamless. This is my art, and I have a keen eye for perfection. This profession brings a challenge every day, and I truly love every second of it!