With shines starting at $12 and dye jobs priced at $50, this little storefront doctor (with another location in Brentwood) isn't cheap. But it's good. A few days with the guys who work the buffing wheel at Shoe Lab and you'll see why $50 is a steal for transforming an old pair of shoes to near-new condition. The Lab performs detailed deconstruction and reconstruction of shoes, including resoling, tap installation and vamp and upper repair. You don't want to take your Gucci loafers or Louboutin pumps to the shine stand at the mall for this kind of bodywork. So connoisseurs of fine kicks will find all manner of high-end pairs parked on the shelves here, from Santoni to Choo, Ferragamo to Prada. It's like the footwear equivalent of a garage full of Ferraris, Bentleys and Porsches. Get a fresh detail for your footwear. 9125 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, 90212. (310) 860-1801. —Dennis Romero

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