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post #1201 of 1867
Most shine stands, I don't like the products they use, and even the ones that use the higher end products, I don't like their methods. They use waaaay too much polish and gunk it up over the vamp, which can't be good for the shoe. While I see people leaving with insanely shiny shoes it can't be good for the leather. I feel like if you are going to be a prima donna about it you should just do it yourself rather than telling somebody else how to do their job and offend and/or look like a jerk.
post #1202 of 1867
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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post

When I was a young banking associate, I was traveling with one of my senior managing directors. When we landed in St Louis he told me "always get a shoe shine from these guys there" and so we did. He was right, and everytime I landed at STL after that day, I always made sure to stop by the shine guys. They take their time, are very chatty and do a superb job on the shine.

I guess this is slightly reassuring. However, this guy did a terrible job. I spent the better part of last night trying to get the cheap wax polish off (still not sure I got all of it) and the motorized brush that he used left a visible scratch on the vamp of the left shoe.
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Glad to hear at least one positive airport shoeshine story. My last time was years ago at the Toronto airport and the person literally used a modified electric hand mixer that had a brush attached instead of the (more typical and expected) beaters. He got polish on my socks and pants and the shoes looked about he same as when he started. I have only ever seen the mixers used by shoe shine stands in airports in Canada and the US. Maybe they go to the same school?

Pearson? Was it terminal 3 just outside of customs? That's where mine happened.

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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Most shine stands, I don't like the products they use, and even the ones that use the higher end products, I don't like their methods. They use waaaay too much polish and gunk it up over the vamp, which can't be good for the shoe. While I see people leaving with insanely shiny shoes it can't be good for the leather. I feel like if you are going to be a prima donna about it you should just do it yourself rather than telling somebody else how to do their job and offend and/or look like a jerk.

I have to agree with this. My shoes looked a little better, but not terribly shiny. I'm pretty sure that my renomat->dubbin->renovateur->cream regimen will help, but I don't know if I'm ever going to be able to make that scratch go away.
post #1203 of 1867
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Originally Posted by mktitsworth View Post

Pearson? Was it terminal 3 just outside of customs? That's where mine happened.

Yup Pearson but we are talking about 15 years ago. I think it was a domestic flight though
post #1204 of 1867
Well, most airport shoe shine stands now are awful. Poorly trained guys with a logo shirt doing the quickest job possible. Most of the time, it's a disaster. But, once in a while, you see an independent stand with older dudes who actually know what they're doing. Try one of those next time. I'm not one for age profiling or whatever, but you'll get a different experience than the logo-plastered quick shine stands.

If there is a motorized brush anywhere in sight - definitely run in the other direction
post #1205 of 1867
I had great shoe shines in HK and SIngapore when I lived there in 2000/2001 and there are a few in my hometown today that will get you a mirror shine in about 10 minutes. I fear though that they use some kind of additive in their water to get such quick results. I am also not confident they can match the polish colour on browns and burgundy's so now do my owning shining.
post #1206 of 1867
For full disclosure I actually bought a motorized brush once out of curiosity. It went in the garbage the same day I tried it. It was cheap enough thought where it was worth experimenting. The thing about it is it had no torque. In order to put the right amount of the pressure on the shoe to get a good shine while it was spinning would completely stop it. Then again even if it did work it was very cumbersome.
post #1207 of 1867
I got my shoes resoled locally the other day and basically had to demand that the dude didn't shine my cordovan loafers. I felt like a pretty big douche afterward, but had nightmares of them coming back looking like plastic Weejuns.
post #1208 of 1867
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Originally Posted by bertie View Post

Yup Pearson but we are talking about 15 years ago. I think it was a domestic flight though

It's not a bad airport, all things considered. Although, my flight out was the single worst flight that I've ever been on. The plane was thirty five minutes late departing and I had a quick change in Chicago. The pilot said that he would do everything he could to make up time. We kept bobbing and weaving, you could hear the engines rev and come down, turbulence galore... but we did land at O'hare 5 minutes before we were originally supposed to.
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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post

Well, most airport shoe shine stands now are awful. Poorly trained guys with a logo shirt doing the quickest job possible. Most of the time, it's a disaster. But, once in a while, you see an independent stand with older dudes who actually know what they're doing. Try one of those next time. I'm not one for age profiling or whatever, but you'll get a different experience than the logo-plastered quick shine stands.

If there is a motorized brush anywhere in sight - definitely run in the other direction

This is the lesson I've learned, although the guy was older. Some where in the last year I've become less... anal retentive I guess about my clothes and shoes. It was the brand new pair of kangaroo leather boots my wife bought me for my birthrday that this happend to (I live in Texas - dress boots are a must) and while I am still annoyed and have learned my lesson about the experience, I am not freaking out that the boots are ruined. I'm also not freaking out about the two small spots on my suede G&Gs that showed up yesterday and didn't come off with the omni netoyant on the first try. They are lighter and will disappear with probably the next cleaning. Similarly for the boots, I think I've gotten most (if not all) of the bad polish off and they'll look brand new once I'm done. I think I'm maturing.
post #1209 of 1867
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Originally Posted by bourbonbasted View Post

I got my shoes resoled locally the other day and basically had to demand that the dude didn't shine my cordovan loafers. I felt like a pretty big douche afterward, but had nightmares of them coming back looking like plastic Weejuns.

You did the right thing - I've seen cobblers use the "instant shine" sponges they all sell on shoes they have repaired to make them look shiny.

The worst thing about Pearson is the number of thunderstorms it gets and how they shut everything down whe it happens. Otherwise it is servicable.
post #1210 of 1867
I'm reading Bonfire of the Vanities at the moment and this discussion reminds me of the bit describing the shoeshine guy on the trading floor.
post #1211 of 1867
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Originally Posted by mktitsworth View Post

It's not a bad airport, all things considered. Although, my flight out was the single worst flight that I've ever been on. The plane was thirty five minutes late departing and I had a quick change in Chicago. The pilot said that he would do everything he could to make up time. We kept bobbing and weaving, you could hear the engines rev and come down, turbulence galore... but we did land at O'hare 5 minutes before we were originally supposed to.

This is the lesson I've learned, although the guy was older. Some where in the last year I've become less... anal retentive I guess about my clothes and shoes. It was the brand new pair of kangaroo leather boots my wife bought me for my birthrday that this happend to (I live in Texas - dress boots are a must) and while I am still annoyed and have learned my lesson about the experience, I am not freaking out that the boots are ruined. I'm also not freaking out about the two small spots on my suede G&Gs that showed up yesterday and didn't come off with the omni netoyant on the first try. They are lighter and will disappear with probably the next cleaning. Similarly for the boots, I think I've gotten most (if not all) of the bad polish off and they'll look brand new once I'm done. I think I'm maturing.

I too, year after year have gotten less anal about my clothes and such. What is bad is I am still worse than most. I have a long way to go. I guess as I get older I have more and more hobbies, responsibilities and worries that such things have to take second fiddle.
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I'm reading Bonfire of the Vanities at the moment and this discussion reminds me of the bit describing the shoeshine guy on the trading floor.

I actually thought of that too! I believe McCoy wears New & Lingwood shoes in that book.
post #1212 of 1867
Too add, whenever I am stressed and having an emotional, well, movement on the toilet due to work, or other stress I think of the part in that book where McCoy is consciously thinking about his $2,000 Savile Row suit pants pressed against the toilet bowl while sitting there freaking out about his situation. For whatever reason it makes me feel better. Probably because I'm not stressed about the possibility of jail time.
post #1213 of 1867
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I too, year after year have gotten less anal about my clothes and such. What is bad is I am still worse than most. I have a long way to go. I guess as I get older I have more and more hobbies, responsibilities and worries that such things have to take second fiddle.
I actually thought of that too! I believe McCoy wears New & Lingwood shoes in that book.

Worse than most of the general public (almost undoubtedly) or worse than other forumites/dandys/clothes horses/etc? I certainly want to be more anal than the average person who cares not for their clothes because I like my clothes and I have spent a significant amount of money on them. As far as compared to others with the hobby, I'm probably with you or at least want to be. I think, as with most things, I want to find whatever's optimal. I think it has to do with trying to minimize my overall anxiety since I have far bigger things to worry about.

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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Too add, whenever I am stressed and having an emotional, well, movement on the toilet due to work, or other stress I think of the part in that book where McCoy is consciously thinking about his $2,000 Savile Row suit pants pressed against the toilet bowl while sitting there freaking out about his situation. For whatever reason it makes me feel better. Probably because I'm not stressed about the possibility of jail time.

This is why they have the hanger on the back of the door.
post #1214 of 1867
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Originally Posted by mktitsworth View Post

Worse than most of the general public (almost undoubtedly) or worse than other forumites/dandys/clothes horses/etc? I certainly want to be more anal than the average person who cares not for their clothes because I like my clothes and I have spent a significant amount of money on them. As far as compared to others with the hobby, I'm probably with you or at least want to be. I think, as with most things, I want to find whatever's optimal. I think it has to do with trying to minimize my overall anxiety since I have far bigger things to worry about.
This is why they have the hanger on the back of the door.

You take your pants completely off when you sit on the toilet? That's like two different Seinfeld episodes merged into one.
post #1215 of 1867
To avoid said stress, I always bring a cedar hanger, lasted trees, pedicure sandals, and a cashmere tie-bag for my Brescianis each time I take a dump. Really takes the hassle out of shitting.
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