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June 2, 2020

Take Your Allen Edmonds to the Next Level

I have not been a fan of Allen Edmonds for about 15 years now. Since the day their new stock came in at Nordstrom (while I was selling there) and I could see that they had cheapened the outsole and insole of their new collections, at the same time while raising the price. For me, that day marked the demise of the brand, and in my opinion, it has only gotten worse since then. Prior […]

April 21, 2020

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No Pair is Beyond Saving

A good shoe shine artist is like a magician. They bring things back from the dead and make transformations that would make your eyes pop out. But make no mistake about it and I will say this loudly ‘that there are not many that have these capabilities.’ Shining a shoe is not the same as rejuvenating the dead. It takes another skill. Anyone can shine a pair of shoes. Few can restore them to their […]

April 8, 2020

The Elegant Oxford – Your Shoe Care Guide

Shoe Care might actually be the biggest and most popular subject in the shoe industry. Back when I used to post a lot more about it, as I was a ‘professional’ shoe shiner in London, the vast majority of my emails were about polishing one’s shoes and how to either do it well or how to reverse things that had gone wrong. In fact, I got so many emails on the subject that I simply […]

March 24, 2020

5 Shoe Shine “Don’ts” to Know About

There are many mistakes people make when shining their shoes. These mistakes sometimes have adverse effects on their shoes, which is no good, especially if the shoe is brand new and thus gets ruined. Once upon a time, I was considered an expert shoe shiner (for those that don’t know) and felt that I need to get back to offering some knowledge on shoe shining, the ‘Do’s and Don’ts.’ And as the “Don’ts” have more […]

December 10, 2019

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Using Saphir to Get the Shine Results You Want!

It is not a coincidence that Instagram, YouTube and the rest of the web for that matter is riddled with people taking photos of their shiny shoes next to Saphir products. I can guarantee they are not all paid advertising. Sure a couple might be. But the majority are just normal shoe enthusiasts showing that a great product can give you the results you want with a little know-how and patience. And you can see […]

May 23, 2019

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The Perfect Cap Shine

A lot of people get overzealous with their shoe shining and want to cover the entire toe cap using the cap line as their metric of measurement. The problem with this ideology is pattern making has come a long way since the days of solely very traditional and classic shoes were being made. That means that the cap line is not always the defining indicator of where the toe puff ends. And what that means […]

February 15, 2019

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World Championships in Shoe Shining and Patina Finalists – London Super Trunk Show 2019

  An American, a Japanese and a Russian in the shoe shining contest, and a Polish, a Frenchman, and a British Gent in the patina competition. These are the finalists of the world champs contests taking place during the London Super Trunk Show on March 23. See their submissions below. You may read all about the London Super Trunk Show in this article, and great if you can visit the event’s Facebook page and let […]

August 16, 2017

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The Go-To London Shoe Shiner

For the last 3 years, I have been shining shoes in London to an artisanal type standard. That being, I provided a military-like shine that left the shoes looking like glass (or as much as they could be). And many of you were kind enough to be my loyal customers. However, it was always just my day job while I built my shoe & accessory ranges in the background. And like all people that start […]

January 3, 2017

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The Shine – Polish Patina Service

The world of patina is growing day by day and it would not surprise me if it soon becomes as popular as mirror shine shoe polishing (what I mean by that is that people at home will start giving it a try) as curiosity is ever expanding in the world of shoes and people are no longer content with just watching things on the internet. Now they want to try it too!! But until that […]

December 20, 2016

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Leather Is Not What You Think

The shoe industry is ever evolving. What was fact last year, is not this year and won’t be next year. What I mean by that (and this is something that I have mentioned before) is that one can no longer say, ‘the best this is from here and the best that is from there.’ These concepts no longer hold true. Sure, some of the best shoes come from England, but that no longer means that […]