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post #31 of 91
It's like $80 in my neighborhood if you want the full course ('rinse' and shine) - no tip necessary.
post #32 of 91
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

It's like $80 in my neighborhood if you want the full course ('rinse' and shine) - no tip necessary.

This thread is about shoes.
post #33 of 91

When I was very young my father worked as a barber and had a succession of independent contractors who would set up in a corner of his shop and hit whoever wanted it while they were getting cut.

 

Since this was Texas most of them were middle aged black men (they were colored gentlemen back then) and they could put a high gloss on your toes and heels in short order usually accompanied by some of the most entertaining buffing cloth work I've ever seen; very rhythmic and unique to each person.

 

Watching them and generally being a nuisance I learned the basics and a stint in the Air Force taught me the finer points so I do my own and only rarely get shined elsewhere.  I honestly don't think there is an actual dedicated shoe shine stand in my entire city so it's a good thing I know how!

post #34 of 91
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

It's like $80 in my neighborhood if you want the full course ('rinse' and shine) - no tip necessary.


Holy cow man, does a happy ending come with that?

post #35 of 91
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Originally Posted by MikeDT View Post

At the bus station we pay 5 RMB. You sit on a small plastic stool, no thrones or anything like that. Not quite sure what he uses for polish, but it comes from a tube and looks like black toothpaste.

Good shine though?
post #36 of 91

I shine my shoes myself.

post #37 of 91
Did the Shinola Company go out of business? They made the BEST shoe shine polish.
post #38 of 91
i do them myself
post #39 of 91
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Originally Posted by dragon8 View Post

Good shine though?

Yeh I think so... as long as one is wearing black shoes. Most people do here.
post #40 of 91
£20 for the shoes guys in Savile Row no.1, but that is when I am struggle with my own technique

They do the best mirror shine which I could not replicate
post #41 of 91
Go get your fuckin shine box.
post #42 of 91

shoe-shine? why pay for it, you can do it yourself.

post #43 of 91
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Originally Posted by Layered Player View Post


I honestly don't think there is an actual dedicated shoe shine stand in my entire city so it's a good thing I know how!

Next time you're in San Antonio try the North Star Barber Shop on Rector St. Real haircut, hot lather shave, good shine. You can even drink a beer and shoot pool while you wait.
post #44 of 91
In NYC almost every shoe shine stand charges $3 for the shine itself, and $2 is a typical tip.

This is for sitting in the chair and getting your shoes quickly spit-shined (no actual spit)/ bulled. If you drop off a pair of shoes at a cobbler or shoe repair shop they may charge a bit more.

Unless you have a good deal of polish, wax and skill you won't be able to achieve the high-gloss shine these guys can achieve, they look better than new (and they do it in a few minutes tops, so it's on with the commute).
post #45 of 91
$0. I don't leave home with shoes requiring a shine.
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