How Much Does a Shoe Shine Cost?
A shoe shine is the process of cleaning shoes using a variety of cleaning products designed to clean your shoes. If your shoes are losing its shine and new look, a professional shoe shine may make the world of a difference.
How much is it?
- On average, a shoe shine is going to cost anywhere from $5 to $12 without the tip, and the cost will depend on the shoe shine service, type of shoe being shined and type of service chosen. At airport, where you commonly find a shoe shine stand, the average price, at least according to our research, was about $6 to $11, not including the tip.
- USShoeShine.com,a shoe shine service located in the Washington D.C. area, provides leather services and repair, for $7 to $12. For example, if you want to have them apply a Meltonian cream on the shoe, the service can cost $8 to $10. Shoes made of suede can cost $10 to $15.
- According to a few members on the AskAndyAboutClothes.com thread, they had paid anywhere from $2 to $5, plus a tip, which is usually another $2 to $4.
- Nordstrom, the popular department store chain, often has a shoe shine stand inside its stores. According to those who have had their shoes shined here, the costs were often in the $2.50 range, depending on the geographical location.
What is going to be included?
- During most professional shoe shining jobs, your shoes will be dusted, followed by a chemical applied to the shoe. It is then buffed and shined. A shoe shine service is often done to shoes made of leather. The average in-chair shine can take five to 10 minutes, depending on the level of shine required.
- Aside from your typical leather shoes, professionals are also able to shine, clean or care for nubuck, exotic leathers, stain, canvas, suede and rubber.
- In the estimates mentioned above, the cleaning materials and the labor should be included.
What are the extra costs?
- Depending on the type of cleaning the shoe needs, the price can go up. For instance, a shoe made of suede could cost more than one made of leather.
- Some stores can offer pickup and delivery service for an additional fee.
- Some services may also be able to repair your shoe for a minimal fee as well; however, if a repair is required, it will need to be done offsite due to the time restraints.
- A tip is often expected, usually around 10 to 20 percent of the total.
Tips to know:
- Professionals who shine shoes can often shine more than a shoe. Ashineandco.com, for instance, will clean, condition and restore anything made of leather, including a purse, luggage, jacket, wallet and briefcase.
- Esquire has a fun article telling you 13 things you shouldn’t say to your shoe shine person.
How can I save money?
- The best way to save on costs is simply by purchasing a simple shoe shine kit from a store and clean them yourself.
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