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Why do cobblers also cut keys?


Why do cobblers also cut keys? Is there any connection between shoes and keys?
Graham, Kensal Rise


** Definitive **
Name: John, Hackney
Qualification: Used to be a shoe repairer (and key cutter)
Answer: It’s because keys and shoes only take a few minutes to do, so both can be done while you wait. That’s where the tradition started and it’s simply been maintained.