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Saving soles for over 60 years

The South Sydney Herald (SSH) continues in print every month. The paper is available from a range of venues across all suburbs in South Sydney – from cafés, pubs and restaurants, community centres and service shops such as Roger’s Shoe Repairs in Redfern.

Roger’s Shoe Repairs has been saving soles for over 60 years. “When we first arrived here in 1960, there was just a chemist, a dry-cleaner’s and a paper shop,” Roger says.

It’s quite an accomplishment and locals are quick to acknowledge the quality of service. “Go to Roger’s!” one repeat customer urges. “He can fix just about anything – soles, toes, heels, straps, elastic gussets – fixing a favourite pair of shoes is so much better than buying new ones.”

“I just had my boots re-heeled and soles re-glued,” says another. “Roger did an impeccable job at a very affordable price.”

Roger Metry was born in Lebanon. He now travels to Redfern from Coogee every day. “South Sydney is the best,” he says. “I enjoy getting to know my customers – men, women, people from all walks of life!”

Appreciative clients include the Belvoir Theatre, Tap Dogs and Opera Australia. Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann also goes to Roger’s for reliable service – Roger and his son handle all sorts of different footwear, from ballet flats to Blundstones.

The SSH is grateful to all participating organisations and businesses, and acknowledge long-standing commitments throughout the Covid lockdowns.

If you’d like to be part of our distribution network, either providing space for print copies or volunteering as a distributor, we’d love to hear from you (please email

See our website for a full list of print locations.



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