We now open the qualifications to the finals of the World Championships of Shoe Shining and the World Championships of Shoe Patina 2023, two prestigious contests organized together with Saphir. The finals take place at the London Super Trunk Show on Saturday, May 13th, 2023. The patina finalists will paint their shoes for the duration of the event, while the shoe shine finalists will have 20 minutes to shine a shoe to their best ability for final judgment.
We will soon present this year’s line-up of the London Super Trunk Show brand participants. It’s a great one for sure, and we’ll also introduce some new, exciting stuff. Stay tuned for this. The event takes place on Saturday, May 13th, 2023, in the heart of London at Showcase.co on 12 Regent Street, where we gather more than 10 brands from all over the world as well as some interesting event partners. At the event, the World Championships in Shoemaking will have its award ceremony and the competition shoes displayed. We will also have the finals of the two other world-champ contests that are the focus of this article. As usual, we will live-stream from the different championship competitions and the award ceremonies, on Shoegazing’s Youtube channel as well as at Shoegazing.com (hopefully without hiccups this time), and lastly on Saphir Medaille d’Or’s Instagram.
World Championships of Shoe Shining 2023
For the fifth time we host the World Championships of Shoe Shining, in collaboration with Saphir, where the winner will receive a pair of shoes from Loake, a gold medal, and of course the prestigious world champion title. Previous winners are Japanese Yuya Hasegawa and Yuta Sugimura from Japan, and John Chung and Ash Samsudin from Singapore. All of them have used the title ‘world champion’ while touring around various places in Asia, appearing in television and magazines, building up their respective shoe-shining services, and lastly been ambassadors for the shoe-shining craft. For example, last year’s winner Ash is now huge on TikTok, where a video from last year’s contest has garnered over 7,8 million views.
The final takes place at 15.00 on May 13th, where one Loake 1880 Aldwych in Mahogany is to be polished as beautiful as possible. The jury will not only look at the highest shine, but also how well it was shined, and how much of the shoe was shined. It is not simply a contest in the ‘brightest shine’. The finalists will have one can of Saphir Medaille d’Or Pate de Lux in the color of their choice, a can of Saphir Medaille d’Or Mirror Gloss in neutral, water, a brush, a polishing cloth (this they may bring themselves) and a nylon cloth. Then they have 20 minutes to shine the shoe.
For those of you who have followed the competition previous years you know that there’s some great results even if the time is short. The winner will be titled the world champion of shoe shining 2023, and gets to keep the shoe he or she has polished, and its sibling, and will also receive a shoe care kit from Saphir, as well as the gold medal.
To qualify for the shoe-shining championships, please send in three pictures of a pair of well-polished shoes. The pictures should show off as much of the shine job as possible, as that is their purpose. Vary the angles between the pictures with maybe one close-up etc. What will be judged is how well the pair is polished, not necessarily the highest shine but also other parameters will be taken into consideration, as the depth of the shine, any eventual color variations etc, the same things we look at during the final. Please note, the quality of the photograph is often key. A great shine can be ruined by a bad photograph.
Only one entry (three pics of the same shoes) per contestant can be sent in, and it should only be maximum one pair of shoes in the picture (for example not a shoe collection with shined shoes). The shoes in the pictures should be polished by the one who sends in the entry, and the person has to be able to attend the final in London on May 13th. The contest is open for professionals as well as amateurs, so both patina artists or professional shoe shiners as well as random shoe enthusiasts can enter the competition.
You are allowed to make minor adjustments to the picture in for example Photoshop, but more significant changes or filters etc. is not allowed. We have a professional photographer who will examine all entries, and if we suspect that these rules have been violated the person will be disqualified. And please note, it’s the beauty of the polish job that is judged, not how beautiful the pictures are. It’s possible to send in entries to both contests, if someone would make it to the finals in both contests it works, but it will be a tight schedule during the event day.
The jury (preliminary) consists of Jesper Ingevaldsson of Shoegazing, Justin FitzPatrick of The Shoe Snob, Katia Moura, Business Development and Content Manager at Saphir, a representative from Loake, and Tom Beecroft, who runs the shoe shining and patina service at The Valet. All will choose their five favorites, and the three entries that receive the most votes will be qualified for the final. Jesper Ingevaldsson will be the only one who knows which picture is from which person, the other ones will vote without any info about who has sent in the entries. In the case of a tie, Justin FitzPatrick’s votes will be the deciding factor. The jury decision cannot be overruled.
Send in your competition entry to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Sunday, March 12th, 2023. Enter “World Championships of Shoe Shining” in the subject field. Finalists will be announced the following week.
World Championships of Shoe Patina 2023
The latest contest, which completed the holy triangle of shoe crafts. The World Championships of Shoe Patina is organized in collaboration with Saphir, where the winner gets a pair of TLB Mallorca shoes, a shoe care package from Saphir, and a gold medal. Painting shoes has increased a lot the past decades, especially taking off in France and Italy, but later also in other markets like Japan and the UK. We have brands offering different patinas either as RTW or personalized through MTO, and we have professional shoe patina makers who paint new and old shoes. A lot of different techniques can be found, and it’s always interesting to see what type of patinas we’ll have in the contest.
The final will start right after the opening of the show, at 11.15, and will finish at 17.15 with a one-hour break between 14.45-15.45 (then the shoe-shining final takes over the stage area). The three finalists will paint a TLB Mallorca Artista crust penny loafer this year, where the leather comes from Tannery Annonay. They will get to choose five colors of the leather dye Saphir Teinture Francais, which they may mix and use as they please during the day. They will also get one Saphir Medaille d’Or Pommadier shoe cream, one can of Pate de Luxe wax and one Mirror Gloss in the colors they wish, plus a horsehair brush and nylon cloth. Apart from this, they bring their own brushes and equipment for painting and polishing, and they may paint the shoes in any way possible.
Similar to the shoe shining contest, the jury will judge the overall beauty of the paint job, but also look close at the quality of the patina, the techniques used and how well it is executed. The winner will be titled the World Champion of Shoe Patina 2022, and gets to keep the shoes he or she has painted, receives a shoe care kit from Saphir, plus a gold medal. The winning shoes will go on a world tour to ten destinations first though, together with the top three of the shoemaking champs.
To qualify for the shoe patina championship, please send in three pictures from different angles of a pair of painted shoes. It should be taken of a full pair but all pics of the same shoes, and it’s recommended to show as much of the shoes and the paint job as possible, at least one picture showing the shoes in full. What will be judged is the same parameters as described above. Only one entry (three pics) per contestant can be sent in, and it should only be maximum one pair of shoes in the picture. The shoes in the picture should be painted and polished by the one who sends in the entry, and the person has to be able to attend the final in London on May 13th. It’s open for both professionals and amateurs.
As with the shining qualification, you are allowed to make minor adjustments to the pictures in for example Photoshop, but more significant changes or filters etc is not allowed. We have a professional photographer who will examine all entries, and if we suspect that these rules have been violated the person will be disqualified. And also here, do note that it’s the beauty of the patina that is judged, not how beautiful the pictures are. It is possible to send in entries to both contests, if someone would be a finalist in both it would work, though May 13 will be a very busy day.
The jury (preliminary) consists of Tom Beecroft of The Valet , Neus Benavent previously at Corthay and Gaziano & Girling, and Alan Lee of CNES Shoemaker, Jesper Ingevaldsson of Shoegazing, Justin FitzPatrick of The Shoe Snob, Katia Moura of Saphir, and Toni Llobera of TLB Mallorca. All will choose their five favourites, and the three entries that receive the most votes will be qualified for the final. Jesper Ingevaldsson will be the only one who knows which pictures are from which contestant, the other ones will vote without any info about who has sent in the entries. In the case of a tie, Justin FitzPatrick’s votes will be the deciding factor. The jury decision cannot be overruled.
Send in your competition entry to email@example.com no later than Sunday, March 12th, 2023. Enter “World Championships of Shoe Patina” in the subject field. Finalists will be announced the following week.