Mexican brothers work with former owner to give local shoe repair shop royal makeover


Baldomero (left) and brother Heladio Martinez recently purchased the Foot Remedy shoe repair shop, renaming their business Rey Condoy Shoe Repair and moving it next door to 70 W. McClarnon Drive in Greenfield. The brothers will initially concentrate on the repair business, but hope to branch out into making custom orthotics and inserts. (Jim Mayfield/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — When Don Clements was trying to figure out how to wind down his shoe repair business last fall, his “perfect world” plan was to find a buyer to purchase the business, move it next door and learn the trade from him.

It’s not a perfect world, but for Clements, who spent nearly 20 years repairing shoes, purses and almost anything leather, it got pretty darn close at year end when the Martinez brothers purchased the big stitching, grinding and polishing machinery from Clements and moved the repair operation of Foot Remedy next door, opening at the first of the year as Rey Condoy Shoe Repair.

The new shop at 70 W. McClarnon Drive in Greenfield is now run by 33-year-old elder brother Baldomero, or Baldo, and Heladio, 26, both of Indianapolis.

Originally hailing from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, one state west of Guatemala at the country’s southwestern tip, the Martinez brothers say they are excited about their new venture in Greenfield.

“I have a lot of experience,” said Baldo, who spent the previous 14 years crafting orthotics and making and modifying prosthetics. “That’s why I took this opportunity; it’s almost the same thing.”

Clements, who is teaching the brothers the business as well as the nuances of shoe repair, said he’s impressed with Martinez’ skill set.

“He has the hand skills and the craftsmanship,” Clements said. “His quality is very good.”

Baldo and Heladio, a former chef’s assistant in Indianapolis, moved the equipment just before Christmas and set an official soft opening for Jan. 13.

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