Buffed delivers a shoe shine with heart in Brisbane City
The centuries-old trade of the shoe shiner was a role originally taken to by young boys, often as their first step into the working world. There was once a time when a shoe shiner could be found on every corner, with entire parlours also dedicated to de-scuffing. These days to see a comfortable leather chair set up on a corner with tools of the trade lining the base and a smiley chap awaiting his next nickel would seem an odd sight.
Until now, that is. From the folks behind The Big Issue comes Buffed – a modern-day shoe-shining service. Started by the Wise Foundation here in Brisbane – with a Melbourne branch launching this week and Sydney next month – Buffed ensures the dapper foot upholstery of local gents is kept in tip-top shape, while also being a social business.
Creating opportunities for those whose employment outlook is limited, Buffed offers a way for recently arrived migrants, people with unstable health or those who lack the basic skills required for mainstream employment to sustain a job. Gents (and gentlewomen) can drop off their shoes for a polish or take a seat in the shoe-shining lounge for a speedy buff. Visit one of the below four locations for the special Buffed treatment.
Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle Street
BOQ Centre, 259 Queen Street
Rio Tinto, 123 Albert Street
Eagle Street Pier (across from StellaRossa)