For guys who wear real leather, there are still a few spots around town where you can get a good shoeshine.
64/27 Ekkamai Soi 10, 086-302-7201. BTS Ekkamai. Open Thu-Sun 6pm-midnight. www.fb.com/vultureshoeshine
1st Flr All Seasons Place, 080-287-1199. Open Mon-Fri 11am-6:30pm; Sat 11am-5pm; Sun 12:30pm-5pm. BTS Phloen Chit. www.fb.com/olverandcobkk
1/F, Emporium, 622 Sukhumvit Rd., 061-1624-663. BTS Phrom Phong. Open daily 10am-10pm
4/F, Central Embassy, 1031 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-160-5755. BTS Phloen Chit. Open daily 10am-10pm
Founded in 2009, this Thai brand came about as way of picking up the slack in Thai menswear and has become much of an icon ever since. Besides a large range of classic gentleman-style shoes, they offer 15-minute quick shines (B200) and 45-60 minute premium shines (B400) which incorporate French brand Saphir cleaning products use alongside horsehair brushes. Services are available at J Avenue (Thonglor) and Siam Square branches only.
J Avenue, Thonglor Soi 15, 02-712-5529. Open daily 12pm-9pm. BTS Thonglor
Siam Square Soi 2, 02-252-5945. Open daily 12pm-9pm. BTS Siam
B1/F, Mahanakhon Cube Building, 96 Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Rd., 080-071-7176. Open Mon-Fri 9am-7pm; Sat-Sun 9am-5pm. BTS Chong Nonsi
Cuts, perms and hair colouring aren't the only things on offer at the well-hidden Smile Club barber. Here, there’s a choice of express, express premium or premium shines for your sneakers (from B250), loafers (from B350) and wingtips (from B450). Boots sit at B850 and are only applicable for the premium shine, which uses high-quality Saphir polish.
3/F, Siam Square One (inside Plearnwan Panich), Rama 1 Rd., 085-999-6615. Open daily 11:30am-7pm. BTS Siam
Selektiv offers a 1-2 day drop-off and pick-up shoe service at both of their branches. On the menu are oil tan, calfskin/water buffalo and chromexcel and horsehide shines, all of which are available in the standard service at B350 or premium service at B550. The more high-end cordovan shine costs B650, while shell cordovan premium, exotic and textured leather (skin) and suede/nubuck premium services are all B850.
Siam Square Soi 2, 02-251-0239. Open daily 11am-9pm. BTS Siam
1/Fl Gateway Ekkamai, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-108-2789. Open daily 11am-9pm. BTS Ekkamai