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How much do you pay for a shoe-shine?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dieselman89, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Senior member

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    What do y'all pay for a shoe shine at a shine stand and what do they do?
     
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    Samovar McGee Senior member

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    Upon visit, I pay my faithful servant three dollars, and sit on a high-backed throne which rests upon the backs of the countless vermin I have conquered. Drawing out three jars carved of fine jade, filled with rare oils from the forgotten reaches of the land, my manservant begins anointing my sabatons, and buffs them thereafter in a clockwise, then counter-clockwise fashion with a freshly-tanned chamois cloth. As he does this, I look about the room at my rivals, and plot out their demise. When I am re-shod, I give the shiner two dollars' tip, and face the day in all of its glory, ready for my affairs.
     
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    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    blahman Senior member

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    Don't know. I can't even find a shoe shine stand here where I am.
     
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    gnatty8 Senior member

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    Ten bucks with tip
     
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    Before I took up shoe shining as a hobby I used to leave them with my dry cleaning and they took care of them for $8 per pair.
     
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    deveandepot1 Senior member

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    +1
     
  8. Quadcammer

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    bloody hell.

    $10 bux for just a quick brush and polish?

    thats pretty aggressive.
     
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    Gerry Nelson Senior member

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    $10 here in Melbourne, Australia but since I learnt to do it myself, I don't go to them anymore.
     
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    cincydavid Well-Known Member

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    The only shine stand I can think of is at the airport, and I'm phobic of flying, so I don't spend much time there if I can help it. I shine my own on Sunday evening...get ready for the week ahead.
     
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    I grudgingly pay $10 if I'm unable to do it myself.
     
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    I generally do it myself, but I will use Nordstrom shoe shine service if I am at Northpark Mall. They only charge $2.50, but it is the best shine I have experienced,
     
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    Nordstrom as well for $2.50. Well worth it.
     
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    The locker room attendant at my country club does them. I just leave a few dollars in his tip jar.
     
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    ter1413 Senior member

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    I do it myself whilst watching tv on the wknd....
     
  16. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Senior member

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    $10 seems pretty common. Thanks for all the replies.
     
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    you can also pick up a horsehair brush/polish/rag and do it on your own.......
     
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    $100 but that includes full release.
     
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    ter1413 Senior member

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    get that man his own show....
     
  20. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Senior member

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    $2.50 at Nordstrom. Guy did a good job so I left him $2.50 tip.
     

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