Tired of hauling country shoes into the city for polishing, I decided I needed shine supplies for the weekend. I was ordering a pair of shoes at the time, and, on impulse, took a flyer on Gaziano & Girling's shoe cleaning kit. That was six months ago.
Of course, I'd entirely forgotten that 'shine them myself' resolve when one day Dean Girling emailed asking if it was OK to charge my credit card. I hadn't made any other plans, so I'm now the owner of a shine kit that's nearly as nice as a pair of G&G bespoke. As it should be. I mean, it took significantly longer than the shoe order did and cost as much as a couple pair of boat shoes.
Nonetheless, the kit reminds me of some of the wonderful English accessories that used to be available in London's Burlington Arcade before the jewelers took the place over. Men who don't care if their shoes go unpolished while they await delivery will appreciate the sturdy case that encloses a shoe horn, tins of polish, suede cleaner, a shine cloth and a selection of brushes for calf and suede shoes. Now all I have to do is figure out the intended use of some of the brushes.
Gaziano & Girling Shoe Cleaning Kit, £100 ex VAT (about $200).