While Mr Justin FitzPatrick, a shoemaker, was developing his company he spent a couple of years on Savile Row renovating and polishing the shoes of London's best-shod men. Here he demonstrates how to give shoes a slow and careful artisanal polish that renovates and nourishes the leather, before buffing it to an incredible shine. The extraordinary military-grade mirror finish he achieves in the film would transform the appearance of any pair of shoes. Mr FitzPatrick's top tip for men who polish their own shoes is to "Let them dry between each stage of polishing - it's not about rushing, it's about finesse."
Film by Mr Aaron Christian, Video Style Editor, MR PORTER
Words by Mr Mansel Fletcher, Features Editor, MR PORTER