The author had known Mr.Gessler from his youth days because he made shoes for his father. Mr.Gessler was a shoemaker who lived with his older brother in their shop in London. The shop had no sign other than the name “Gessler Brothers”. Mr.Gessler only made shoes on order which never failed to fit. One day the author asked Mr. Gessler, isn’t it hard to make such a perfect boot. To which Mr.Gessler replied in a German accent that it is an art.
Mr. Gessler made boots that lasted for a long period due to which the author didn’t need to visit him very often. Mr. Gessler would not speak much with the customers but according to the customer’s demand, he would bring back the best piece of leather and admire it. One day the author complained about his last pair of boots purchased from him. To which Mr. Gessler told him to bring back that shoes and he will try to repair them and if he couldn’t, he will return the money to the author.
One day the author went to the shop wearing shoes bought in an emergency from a big shop. Mr. Gessler looked carefully at the shoes and says that those shoes were not made by him. He pressed a finger on the place where the left boot wasn’t comfortable. He later says that these big firms have no self-respect and only earn by advertisement. The author was losing on his business, every year his work was getting less. That day the author heard for the first time from Mr. Gessler, about his struggle and felt very bad and ordered many shoes.
After many months the author visited the shop and mistook Mr. Gessler for his elder brother. Later he came to know about his mistake and also the death of Mr. Gesller’s elder brother. Again, the author ordered several pairs of shoes and soon after that, he went abroad. After a year the author returned and went to his old friend’s shop. This time Mr. Gessler looked more aged and also could not recognize the author. The author as same ordered several boots and this time the boots were the best.
One week later the author decided to visit the shop and thank Mr. Gessler for his super work. But as he reached the shop, he saw that the nameplate was missing and found an Englishman there. The man informed him that Mr.Gessler is dead and he took over this shop. And he also told that Mr.Gessler die of starvation. Further, he continues that Mr. Gessler used to work day and night without eating a meal and used all his earnings on purchasing leathers and paying rent of this shop. He never had money left, how long could he live in this situation. The man also says that Mr. Gessler was a unique person and made the best boots in London. To which the author replies yes! Mr. Gessler made good boots.