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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 12, 2016

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How Long Should My Shoes Last?

There is all kind of expectations when it comes to shoes. The more you spend, the longer one tends to feel that they should last. Unfortunately that is not always the case, especially when said person treats them like they are unbreakable and puts them through hell and back, expecting them handle all adverse weather as if it was a clear, sunny day. I have seen the best shoes get broke down in 6 months […]

December 26, 2012

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What A Bit Of Polish Can Do…..

After…. Sometimes it truly is amazing what a little bit (or actually a whole lot) of polish can do. More often than not, if your shoe is made of good leather, it can be saved (at least aesthetically) from a point of what might look like rubbish time. There were a few cases recently where I was brought some shoes that to the untrained eye might have not looked salvageable but most definitely were with […]

August 14, 2011

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Aged Burgundy Berluti’s

I don’t think that any color of shoe ages more beautifully than that of burgundy/oxblood/cordovan. The natural patina that a burgundy shoe creates over the years, due to wear & tear, the sunlight, dirt, practically everything really, brings out the most unique coloring effects on the leather. So when a customer brought me these lovely Berluti wholecuts, that looked about 10-15 years old, I knew that I was going to have to share them with […]

June 6, 2011

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Polish Your Shoes Properly

I know that for some of you, this has been a long time coming. So let me start off by saying sorry for the long wait. Unfortunately some of you may have been expecting a video, but I don’t own a video camera and my regular camera can take about only 10-15 minutes of recording. And since this type of shine takes 2-3 hours and I really only had time to make this post while […]