Shoe Shine in London - Page 2
Odd - I've had very different experiences at the Burlington Arcade. I would think a shoe shine is between 5 and 7 minutes depending on whether you get the standard or the premium service. He is rather popular and there is usually a short wait for him. In November he even started handing out loyalty cards (a stamp card that gets you a free shine after every X visits). I have found the quality to be excellent and go there frequently - perhaps it is worth a second try for you.
Actually, maybe stay away and keep my queue short :)
At least two that I've noticed. I had a fairly average shine from one of them.
I used to go to this guy from time to time, he was good. Had both kiwi and saphir (for an extra 50p or something). The first time I went he took one glance at my shoes (edward greens as I recall) and got the saphir out before I'd said a word - made me think he knew what's what. He asked about them and seemed genuinely interested in all things shoe.
The Shoe Snob bloke (Gieves & Hawkes) is intelligent and well informed. Polishing is just a part of what he does. Also sells flat leather laces
I reckon Style Forum is partly responsible for the availability of Saphir in the the UK. I recently spoke to a cobbler in Chelsea, and he shifted a shed load of the stuff as soon as it arrived.
We're responsible for a lot more than that...I remember speaking to a chap at a party (he started writing things on a napkin) as he was forming up ideas for a new menswear website, something porter, and then lo and behold that site was launched with a lot of my brand suggestions.
There's a lot of industry types lurking here, you know.