Contrary to my previous understanding, a cobbler in medieval times did not make shoes. According to The Scriptorium (http://thescriptorium.co.uk/glossary.php), a cobbler was "a repairer of footwear as opposed to a maker of footwear."
I suppose shoemakers made shoes. Unless you wanted really fine shoes.
Then you would seek out a cordwainer. They were makers "of fine shoes using soft Cordovan leather." I was surprised to discover that Cordovan leather is made from horses. Not the horses' hides, but a specific muscle in their hindquarters.
I always thought that leather came from animal hides, not their muscles.
Knowing where they came from,
would you seek out a cordwainer to purchase his wares?