Representing from 3 different countries and cultures, a Japanese, a Singaporean, and a Norwegian have made the finals in the shoe-shining contest. For the patina event, the finalists consist of a Singaporean and two guys from France. A very diverse gathering yet at the same time, often representing what we have seen in previous years whereby there is almost always some from France in the patina and someone from Japan for the shoe-shining.
These are the finalists of the world champ’s contests taking place during the London Super Trunk Show on May 7. See their submissions here.
You may read all about the London Super Trunk Show in this article, and great if you can visit the event’s Facebook page and let us know you’re coming and help share the event. It is organized by Shoegazing and myself at The Shoe Snob Blog and takes place on Saturday, May 7, in the heart of London at the venue Showcase.co on 12 Regent Street.
Here we will gather 10 great exhibitors, Acme Shoemaker, Bridlen, Catella Shoemaker, CNES Shoemaker, Modum, Mori of Shoemakers, Norman Vilalta, Paolo Scafora, Septieme Largeur, Skolyx / TLB Mallorca, and Zeb Shoes. The main partner of the event is Saphir, other partners are Cad & the Dandy and The Valet. The World Championships in Shoemaking will have its award ceremony and competition shoes displayed. And finally the events of the Championships in Shoe-Shing and Patina takes place during a good portion of the entire event, where one person of each category will be crowned World Champion.
The qualification process and also how the finals will unfold is thoroughly explained in this article, so here we focus on showcasing the finalists’ submissions and briefly let you know who they are. Both the World Championships in Shoe Shining and Shoe Patina are organized in collaboration with Saphir, shining contestants shine and can win a Loake shoe, patina contestants paint and can win a TLB Mallorca shoe. We had almost 40 submissions to the two contests (thank you to all who sent in submissions!), literally from all over the world, both amateurs and many professionals. It was a challenging job for the jurys to select the finalists, in the end these received most jury points and made it to London:
World Championships in Shoe Shining 2022 finalists
World Championships in Shoe Patina 2022 finalists