Al just might be the busiest man in the Castro. His shop is only about 10 square feet, but he can fit two hundred pair of shoes in there! There is usually a line out the door (kinda has to be, there's only room for one person at a time inside), and he's always got a friendly smile on his face, greeting everyone who walks in as if they were guests in his home. The window front is a reason to go by in of itself, decorated with old workshop relics, dusty trinkets, ceramic wagon-wheel scenes, old bottles, you name it. There could be a coffee table book dedicated to this intricate collection of artifacts. His place is one of the reasons I love my neighborhood so much. Every corner you turn, there is something deliciously out of the ordinary that makes you realize; we humans are pretty eclectic creatures.