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July 19, 2019

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Quick Restore Using Saphir

The problem with mirror shines is that when they get a bit worn down i.e. cracked, they can make you feel like your shoe is ruined but its never the case and is nearly always a quick fix if you know the tricks to doing so and have good quality products backing you up in your efforts. I am a peesonal fan of the French made shoe care industry and Saphir is at the top […]

January 25, 2019

World Championship in Shoe Shine & Patina – London Super Trunk Show

We now open up the qualification to the finals of the World Championships in Shoe Shining and the first World Championships in Shoe Patina, both contests organized together with Saphir. Finals take place at the London Super Trunk Show on March 23, 2019. The patina finalists will paint their shoes during the duration of the event, and the shoe shiners have 20 minutes to shine one shoe as beautiful as possible.

February 12, 2018

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London Super Trunk Show – World Championship Shoe Shining Qualification

At the London Super Trunk Show on April 7, there we will host the World Championships in Shoe Shining, in collaboration with Saphir, where three finalists will have 20 minutes to polish a shoe as beautiful as possible. This competition is open for both amateurs and professionals, and now we open the qualification for the final, whereby you send in a picture of a well-polished pair of shoes for us to pick the qualifiers. The championship takes […]

Dry Wax for Best Shine Results

  There are many tricks in shoe shining to help you get to the desired results of a high shine. And it helps to know these tricks as there is nothing worse than polishing for hours feeling like you have done nothing and still having a shoe with dull toes. And I am sure that many of you have been there, frustrated with no resolve. So let’s look at how not to ever be there […]

March 28, 2017

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The World Championship of Shoe Shining – The Finalists

The three finalists for the World Championships in Shoe Shining have now been settled, which will battle it out at the London Super Trunk Show on May 13. There they will have 20 minutes to polish up a shoe as nice as possible. In this post you can read everything about the big event. One of the highlights will be the shoe shining final, which is held in collaboration with Saphir, where the winner will receive […]

March 1, 2017

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London Super Trunk Show – World Championship of Shoe Shining

During the London Super Trunk Show on May 13 there will be the first World Championships in Shoe Shining, in collaboration with Saphir, where three finalists will have 20 minutes to polish a shoe as beautiful as possible. This competition is open for amateurs and professionals, and we now open the qualification for the final where you send in a picture of a well polished pair of shoes. In this post you can read all the […]

August 10, 2016

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Shoe Shining – Tips & Tricks

  I have written a formal post about how to polish your shoes properly but just recently realized that I have never shared the secrets to overcoming all of the obstacles of getting to be able to consistently polish one’s shoes to said standard. That being, allow me list out some of the tips and tricks that I have learned over the years, from all of my trial and error. Here goes: 1. Shining new […]

February 6, 2013

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Reader’s Questions, Sharing Experiences & Saint Crispins For Your Pleasure!

So, two things recently came up that I thought that I would share with all of you. The first being a few questions that the average person whom is not yet a shoe geek might have in regards to shoe shining and the latter being an inspirational story. The pictures in this case are all unrelated but just so you how amazing Saint Crispins shoes are!! 1. READER: Thanks again for your original post and […]

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 […]

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 […]