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Cobbler makes old footwear colorful, gives new life to worn boots, shoes

Master cobbler Tamas “Zen” Pomazi trims a custom red sole on a pair of work boots in his Waconia, Minn., workshop. (Tom Wallace/Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Master cobbler Tamas “Zen” Pomazi trims a custom red sole on a pair of work boots in his Waconia, Minn., workshop. (Tom Wallace/Minneapolis Star Tribune)
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MINNEAPOLIS — The smell hits first as you descend the short flight of steps into the basement. It’s sharp and overpowering, a mix of rubber and old leather. This is where old shoes go to be reborn. The basement workshop in Tamas “Zen” Pomazi’s Waconia, Minn., home is filled with shoes: Red Wing work boots, wingtips and loafers overflow the shelf space and sprawl across the floor. Each aging shoe will go through the same ...


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