Shoeshine UK have polished most leather items and use creams and polishes sourced mainly from abroad. The most unique thing is the whole process is done by hand, an art that has long been forgotten.
"This gives more control and you can feel the leather and what it needs and when it has had enough, it allows you to become one with the shoe, plus [he laughs] the client also gets a foot massage".
His hands are hardly dirty as he applies small amounts of wax and gradually builds layers with his light touch. A main attribute of Stevens technique is combining colours to give different effects such as burnishing or two tone. This is something you don't see at a standard shoeshine.
These days there are shoeshiners at the airport and train stations who don't take the full time needed to take real care to nourish the shoe giving an extremely high gloss.
We are quite amused at using brushes to apply polish.
"It just doesn't work because all you are doing is adding to the surface of the leather but by using your hands you are penetrating the leather and nourishing the shoe, plus not making any mess. I don't feel that everybody should use there hands. A cloth will be good if you don't feel comfortable using your hands".
What is a real shoeshine? Steven from Shoeshine UK has been the resident shoeshine for the past thirteen years and has a massive amount of knowledge regarding leather and shoes of all kinds.
My tips on shoecare are below and obviously dont contain my whole process but will still enable you to care and shine your shoes better than before.
After a few goes you will get your own style and knack and at the same time of discovered a new way to not only shine your shoes but make them last alot longer.
Stevens tips for caring for your shoes are: