It's good to get things repaired when you can, rather than getting rid of them.
However, I'm very pleased with the job he did and in fact the shoes look better than ever! Good for another few years!
If they had been beyond repair I would have taken them to the shoe recycling point at North Face (this link takes you to the US Clothes the Loop page of North Face. But UK stores also recycled shoes and clothing). But repair is better than recycling!