Shoe shine

Never sign up for a class called BOOT CAMP, it has nothing to do with shoe shopping!” ~ unknown.

The Midweek Word-prompt over on our other site is Frugality and this week it was written by GC. He asks what we do when our shoes are in need of a heel or sole replacement. This is my response to the prompt.


When I was a child, my dad mended our shoes; he was also the one who made sure everyone’s shoes were polished to a high shine.  “The shine on your shoes tells a lot about you!”  I think he was spot on there.

Amongst other things, his legacy to me was to care about the way I dress; he instilled in me that the way I present myself is important. “It’s the first impression people have of us and like it or not, this is the way we are judged.”

I’ve never been a clothes horse, I don’t spend a fortune on clothes, but I care that I’m well turned out.

I own a couple of pairs of sandals, Three or four pairs of what used to be called court shoes, walking boots, wellington boots, snow boots and a couple of pairs of ‘sturdy shoes’ as my mum would have called them, If ever my shoes need mending, I can guarantee that the top side is likely to be scuffed too, so no I don’t take them to the cobblers (shoe repairers).

The UK is big on recycling and most supermarket car parks have charity/recycling bins for just about everything, paper bins, clothes bins, book bins, bottle bins and one for worn out shoes which is usually where mine end up. Failing that, on every high street there are any number of charity shops (goodwill stores?)

© 2018. In response to the midweek word-prompt from Weekly Prompts

10 thoughts on “Shoe shine

    1. I agree with you Trev. How many times do we see this, people taking care from the head down and then it stops abruptly when you get to the shoes!


  1. That’s very good of you Sue, to take your shoes to your local charity shops. 😊 And I think our parents of that era, just after the war, were all quite frugal, I suppose most commodities were scarce ☺️

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    1. That is so true Ivor, they were very frugal back then. As I understand it, charity shops will take clothing and shoes in any condition because even if not good enough to use in the shop, everything can be sold on for recycling.

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  2. gc

    Many shoe repair shops in days gone by had stations where you could get your shoes shined and polished. This was especially helpful when you were on your way to a business meeting. These days “boot camp” sadly is on an extended furlough.

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    1. The only time I saw the little shoe stations that you refer to were in American films! We never had them here, well, I don’t think we did. We have little cobblers shops but they are few and far between as larger companies take over control.


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