I am pretty sure you can ask anyone in the mighty class of 2001 what was the greatest lesson concerning shoe shining learned while at USNA and it would be this:
I share all this because a shoe shine stand offers the nostalgia of my youth without the sweaty humid nightmare that was trying to polish my leather black shoes into mirrors each Sunday. Unfortunately, shoe shine stands are hard to come by nowadays which is a shame.
The shoe shine stand at the airport in Munich is a shining example of the brilliance of this lost art (see what I did there twice). The gentlemen at the Lufthansa Terminal G had a steady stream of customers the entire afternoon that I was there--and for good reason--he does a phenomenal job.
My sole criticism is that he doesn't have this rather loquacious pricing list translated into any other languages--just jumbled line after line of German. Here's the gouge, though, go with the polish and treatment that costs 15 Euros.
Two highlights from his routine:
- He will take out your laces and clean them. Then at the end he will re-lace your shoes in that certain way they only know how to do at shoe stores.
- He shoves playing cards into your shoes to protect your shoes