A harris (and everybody else, he just seems to know a hell of a lot about shoe shines) I read an article about some people who finished off their polish with champane. On the one hand, I thought that this was jsut assinine, but it was suggested to me that the alchohol did contribute something to the final stages of the shine. first, any ideas on this? second, I was thinking of using vodka at a very low temperature in a spray, much the way some people spray water on shoes in the final stage of a "spit shine" thus using the element of cold in a slightly more convenient manner. any idea how this would work?
IMMSMC, champagne in polishing is a Berluti fetishist thing. As I was informed in Paris, the Swann Club (generally just friends of Olga Berluti) gather in palace hotels to sip fine champagne (at first Dom, now just [sic
] Veuve Clicquot) and to use it to polish their shoes with scraps of fine linen. They also discourse philosophically, in the masturbatory French way. As Chairman of Kitchen Stadium even I find this wasteful (of the champagne, not the discourse). Any embellishment added by champagne over normal alcohol (assuming you want to remove a layer of finish) or a few drops of water (assuming you want to hone your shine) is just that -- embellishment. I have tried it with red wine. It is enjoyably self-indulgent, as much so and as unproductive as Scrooge McDuck bathing in money.