Shoe cobbler Sunny Yoo, of Ellicott City, is asking for the public’s help to find his prize-winning shoes that earned him a silver medal in an international shoe repair contest after they were stolen from his family’s business over the weekend.
In December 2016, Yoo submitted the pair of Allen Edmonds dress shoes to the 2016 German Shoe Repair contest, repairing the right shoe and leaving the tattered left shoe untouched. He was among more than 40 cobblers to compete throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Yoo said Monday that he was “very disappointed” to find out that his first medal-winning shoes were stolen from the family-owned business, Cobbler & Co. shoe repair, at the Arundel Mills mall either Dec. 7 or 8.
“The shoes were displayed in the front of the store so customers could see,” Yoo said. “We had a ‘do not touch’ sign on the display. I believe they were stolen when we were working and had our backs toward the machine.”
Yoo is offering a free shoe repair to anyone with information about the theft.