Andres is a cobbler. A proper one. He was born in Chile and remembers being under Pinochet's dictatorship .. it was terrible. He says Australia lives in a bubble. He loves it here, is married with three children.
He wears a leather apron, and trains others in the trade. He says that traditionally trained cobblers are a dying breed.
"I don't miss Chile. My wife does ... she comes from a big family. I come from a small one. I'm ok. My eldest son is thirty - he's an architect, and designed the store. "
Perfectly lined shoes fill the space. Andres' daughter works in digital and designed his website. His business is called Cobbler Caballero, and with a prime position in Darlinghurst Road Kings Cross, he sees all kinds of characters.
Standing in the shop talking to Andres is like stepping back in time to an other-wordly world, back when all things were real.
There's been much talk of glasses this week ..... his are AWESOME.
I tell him that next time I'm in Sydney, I'll bring in my favourite pair of cowboy boots to get resoled.
"Good. I will do it properly."
Street Talk is an unfolding art project. I am so grateful and blown away that people say yes to talking with me, trusting me with some snippets of who they are.
Previous Street talks:
1. Noelene the Young
2. Megan the Mouse
3. Harpal the Australian
4. Darren the Artist
5. Jo the Interesting
6. John the Telstra Guy
7. Michael the Photographer
8. Peg the Lady
9. Jeff the Preacher Man