Meet Cindy Brashear at Cobblers Cottage

Cindy Brashear, owner of Cobblers Cottage, standing among the shop's winter boots collection.

Meet Cindy Brashear at Cobblers Cottage

Locating a store where you can find comfortable yet stylish footwear for daily use or special events and receive stellar customer service to help you accomplish this task can be a challenge. But, it doesn’t have to be.
Cue in Cobblers Cottage, where you’ll find a variety of the latest brand name, quality made women’s footwear available exclusively at independent retailers. You’re sure to find something suitable for every occasion and season. Plus, you’ll receive expert advice and custom fittings from the specially trained staff.
Tompkins County native Cindy Brashear is the owner of the specialty shoe shop. She has more than two decades of experience in buying and selling women’s shoes. She is sure to assist you in finding the perfect pair of footwear and accessories (handbags, scarves, leggings and more) to complement your new footwear purchase.   
Cobblers Cottage formerly Nate’s Shoe and Leather before Cindy and her husband Ronald (Buster) purchased the shop in 2000 and renamed it Cobblers Cottage — a fitting name as the couple offered shoe repair in a cozy, cottagelike atmosphere.
“We decided right then and there that were going to provide our customers with the same high-quality customer service that we expect to receive as customers. Common courtesy goes a long way,” says Cindy.
In 2019, the shop moved from Ithaca Plaza on Elmira Road to the Commons pedestrian mall on East State Street.
“We simply needed a change of scenery. We saw there was a lot of foot traffic on the Commons, so we decided this was the place we wanted to be. I love the interactions I have with the people who stop into the shop. A lot of intelligent people live around here and visit here…I’m always learning something new or interesting,” says Cindy.
When Cindy isn’t busy helping customers locate a fantastic pair of shoes, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, especially watching her grandson play sports.
You can learn more about Cobblers Cottage and Cindy by visiting the shop at 150 E. State St., the Commons in Downtown Ithaca. Cobblers Cottage is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. It is closed on Sundays. You can also find shop details at

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