Where To Find A Quality Shoe Shine Service Why Shoe Shining Has Disappeared Men’s Style Post Hi! I’m Carl Centeno, the founder of this style blog. Today, I’m going to be answering the question where to find a quality shoe shine at. If you haven’t already, please comment to my my blog. By doing that, these posts will come right to you. If you like this, if you find it useful, I would appreciate it if you would like it down below.
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I know some of the cities have certain regulations on where you could even set up business, so that’s hurt, but what’s really hurt is that most men don’t see this as a priority. Most men aren’t wearing dress shoes that need to be shined. And so, what you have is just not enough customers. You do find this in larger cities though. You’ll need to look. Oftentimes, you don’t always know what you’re going to get. You can go to places like Style Forum, Ask Andy, and they talk about it. They’ve even identified certain men who work in certain areas who are reliable, use a good polish, and are going to give you a great deal. But besides larger cities, I see it in airports all those things half the time. Nobody is manning the actual shoe shine, but I do see occasionally men there who will shine your shoes. I don’t know with the quality, what that is, and definitely they’re looking not at the repeat customer, but perhaps the customer who’s in transit and just needs a shine. I’ve been in bathrooms and they’ve got those automatic shine machines.
Actually, I like to just throw in a couple of quarters just to see that thing work. It actually gives a pretty good shine. Besides that, military bases when I was stationed in Quantico, I remember being stationed in Quantico and really not having much time. I was tempted. I never used it, but there were places that you could take your shoes and overnight, they would get you a spit shine and they would use the edge dressing on the side of the shoes. They would just look immaculate. I know a number or drill sergeants took advantage of that, but with the military transitioning away from boots that need to be shined, I think a lot of those guys have actually kind of closed shop. Well, they never really rely just on that one type of business. And so, that’s what you’re going to see. A lot of businesses do this. A lot of shoe stores, but it’s not the only thing they’re doing and they don’t really advertise it. It’s a service that they provide.
They’re on the list with a hundred other things because they have to survive. I know of a company in Green Bay. I’ve written about them. I link to them down below. They are a mail order service, so you can actually send your shoes to them. And if you just want to get a shine I’ve talked with the owner about this. Most of the business he gets are people that want to have their shoes resold and it’s cheaper to send it to him than it is to actually send it to the factory or to have it done locally in a large city because, well, in Green Bay, you’ve got small town prices. So in your situation, I would have to say your best bet is going to be to polish yourself. It’s not going to be worth with the cost of postage nowadays to send it off, in my opinion, and I think polishing your own shoes is something that you only need to really polish. Let’s assume that you live here in Wisconsin, so you get rain, you get snow. Let’s say it’s spring right now, so you can wear dress shoes. The weather is pretty well.
I would say you only really need to give your shoes a great shoe shine every couple of weeks and in between those, you just need to give a daily brush whenever you’re going out or dote it a little bit, give it a quick shine-up, kind of patch up any spots or any scuffs that you get, but really, you can go longer periods between shines and just do the little touch-ups in between. I hope that answers your question. Again, I think the best bet is for you to shine your own shoes, but if you have money to blow and you just want to send it out to my friend out there in Green Bay, I’m going to link to that. He’s a shoe doctor. I’ll link to him down below and you can definitely give him some business, a good guy, good company. That’s all I got. I will see you guys in the next post. And if you have a question, don’t forget, go visit mensstyleqa.com and I’m answering the questions there. Really, my blog comments, very hard for me to find questions and it’s becoming overwhelming and I’m probably going to declare my blog comment bankruptcy here pretty soon, guys. So if you’ve got a question, go to Men’s Style Q&A. I’ll see you guys in the next post.