When it comes to shoe repair, Belgrade dwarfs the competition
Should you wake up in a foreign city with no recollection of where you are, look out the window. If there’s a lingerie shop, obucar (cobbler), and hairdresser on your street, congratulations! You’re in Belgrade.
Belgrade has the highest obucar-to-person ratio in the world.* If these numbers are any indication, it’s a pretty good business. Like most other cities, Belgrade obucar also provide key-cutting services. (Begging the eternal question, what does shoe repair and metal filing have in common?) I’m not surprised that there are so many obucar here. Everyone walks in Belgrade and shoes are expensive to replace. But I am surprised that every single obucar has one of these in the window.
Where do these come from? Is one given with every cobbler license? “Congratulations Milan, here is your obucar certificate and cermonial troll to put in the window.” Whatever the reason, no obucar seems complete without one. Belgrade shoe repair is not for the pediophobic.
This is my obucar of choice. He’s reasonable, fast, and has FOUR trolls in his window. That’s got to mean something, right?
*Completely invented fact