Shoe Shine Store in Osaka

Japan has plenty of shoe shine stores providing quality shoe shine and repair services. Many of these shop owners have decided to set up their businesses in Tokyo. However, small pockets of shoe shine stores still exist in areas such as Nagoya, Osaka and Hokkaido. 

Osaka, the second largest city by daytime population, is a major economic hub for Japan. The Shinkansen (bullet train) service connects Tokyo and Osaka, making it a popular destination for many tourist. A 2 hour 30mins ride on the Nozomi Shinkansen brings you to the Shin Osaka station. From the station, one is able to travel to the 24 different wards surrounding the main Osaka City. 

In between Kitahama and Hommachi train station lies a quaint and beautiful shoe shine store called THE WAY THINGS GO. Ishimi San, the owner of TWTG, was working as in the sales department for a recruitment company before opening the shoe shine business. Jaded with the bland and flat work lifestyle, he decided to jump on to a new venture after becoming very interested in leather shoes. 


Terashima Naoki San (L) with Ishimi San (R)


As Ishimi san explains while gliding his soft cotton chamois cloth over a pair of oxfords sent in to him for restoration and polishing services, shoe shining for him is more of a performance of skills and techniques rather than a mundane act of cleaning shoes. He goes on to whip out a glossy mirror shine in a very short time; a showcase of his deep understanding towards various types of leather. 

Glossy finish on a pair of Carlos Santos

For those who are visiting Osaka and in need of quality shoe shine services, you may pay him a visit at the following address.

國登録有形文化財 船場ビルディング415
TEL 06-6203-0551〒541-0047, 2 Chome-5-8 Awajimachi, Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 541-0047

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Removing Old Waxes

Old residual waxes if not removed from the leather surface can potentially damage the leather as well as cloak the shoe in a dark mess. 
On the left is a shoe with old waxes not removed; on the right is a shoe with waxes removed. One may use the Saphir Renovateur Cream or the Boot Black Leather Lotion to remove the old waxes. Apply the lotion or cream on a soft cotton chamois cloth and rub thoroughly to ensure the old waxes come off from the leather surface. 
After removing the waxes, the original colour of the leather surfaces. With some moisturizing creams and elbow grease , one can easily restore the finishing or even put a soft shine on the toe cap areas of the shoe. 
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Patina Swatches

A small collection of some patina swatches. Patina services are available at our store; prices starts from $250 onwards. 
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Mason and Smith's Shoe Shine Workshop 1st July 2017

Mason and Smith is proud to present our monthly series of shoe shine workshops. At Mason and Smith, we run shoe shine workshops every month to educate and share the art of polishing shoes with anybody who is interested to learn. 
During this session, you will be able to learn the methods and techniques to achieve a mirror shine as well as the basic maintenance of leather shoes. Each individual participant will work on one pair of shoes each.  The session will run for 1 hour each, with slots available from 12-4pm. Participants will also be entitled to a 10% discount on all products purchased on the day of the workshop.
Register HERE.
For more inquiries, email us at or call us at +65 9351 5420 (24 hours)
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Mason and Smith's Mirror Shine Guide

Mason and Smith mirror shine guide in print coming soon. For those who are looking to learn how to shine their shoes, feel free to drop by the store and have a chat with us about various shoe shine tips and techniques 
mirror shine guide glacage boot black saphir
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