NDC Made by Hand
Ever since I could remember, my father would sit near the front door every month and thoroughly clean and shine his dress shoes. He is a meticulous man, and I assume he didn’t trust the local shoe shine boys to do an adequate job. I also think that this task of polishing a valuable item had a soothing quality to it, much like ironing does for me. Wanting to be like him, I sat by him and did the same with my pair of Doc Marten’s. They were cool back then, and I had the shiniest Docs on the block. I lacked the discipline he had (he would’ve been great for the military), so seeing him sitting with his shoes became a reminder to polish my own. After graduating from high school, I bought my own shoe-shining kit to bring with me to college, where I made it a habit to clean and shine my leather shoes to protect them against the wet snow and destructive salt of Massachusetts winters.