Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Is A Shine & Co a franchise?

A: No, we are not a franchise. A Shine & Co is a small, independent and family owned chain.

Q: Where can I go to get a shoeshine from A Shine & Co?

A: Currently, we have three locations in the Financial District of San Francisco and two locations in New York, within jetBlue’s Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy Airport. For location addresses, maps, and hours of operation, please see our locations page.  Keep an eye on us via our website, blog, and Facebook page for announcements on upcoming new locations.

Q: What are your hours?

A: Our San Francisco locations are all open Monday through Friday, 8:00am-6:00pm. At JFK, we are open every day from 6:00am-9:00pm. For more information on our hours and locations, please visit our locations page.

Q: How long does a shoeshine take?

A: In-chair shines take approximately 8 minutes (basic shine) up to 15 minutes (bulletproof and Saphir shines), depending on the level of shine you would like.

Q: How much does a shoeshine cost?

A: Our shines range in cost from $8.00 – $25.00. Please see our price list for specific prices of shines and repairs.

Q: Can I drop my shoes off to be shined and pick them up later?

A: Absolutely! Bring your shoes to any of our locations, and an associate will assist you.

Q: Can you do anything for suede or materials other than leather?

A: Yes, we can clean/shine/care for suede, patent, nubuck, exotic leathers, satin, canvas, rubber, and more.

Q: Do you do anything for briefcases or purses? How about belts and wallets?

A: We clean, condition, and restore any and all leather accessories, including, but not limited to briefcases, wallets, belts, purses, luggage, and jackets. We have even been known to restore leather furniture!

Q: Do you sell polish?

A: Yes, at our San Francisco locations we sell all of the products and tools that we use, as well as many footwear and leather care accessories, including laces, insoles, orthotic insoles, shoe trees, galoshes, and more. We can also special order anything you might need that we don’t keep in stock.

Q: Do I need an appointment for a shoeshine?

A: Sorry, we do not take appointments. All in-chair shines are first-come first-served.

Q: Can I request a specific shiner?

A: Though all of our shiners are extensively trained and skilled, you are welcome to request and/or wait for the shiner of your choice.

Q: Do you take credit cards?

A: In San Francisco, we accept cash and credit/debit cards. In New York, we are only equipped to take cash at this time.


Q: Do you do shoe repair?

A: Yes, all of our San Francisco locations offer shoe and leather goods repair service, including belts, bags, and accessory items of all kinds. We do not do repairs on site, so please be prepared to leave your shoes with us for several business days. We do not currently offer repair service at our New York locations.

Q: What kind of repairs do you offer?

A: Anything that our repair specialists can do! The most common repairs for men’s shoes are new heels and soles, and the most common repairs for women’s shoes are new heels. Our price list will give you an idea of common repairs, but is by no means everything that can be done. We offer stitching, patching, rubber protective soles, stretching, replacing elastics, and much, much more. Bring your shoes in to any of our San Francisco locations, and an associate will help you determine what repairs are needed and whether we are able to do it.

Q: Where should I take my shoes to be repaired?

A: You can drop off and pick up your shoes at any of our three San Francisco locations, Monday through Friday, 8:00am-6:00pm. If you need to have repairs shipped, please contact any of our San Francisco shops directly to make arrangements.

Q: How long will it take for my repairs to be ready?

A: We generally require 5 business days for repairs to be ready. If you need your repairs done faster, please let your associate know when you drop them off, and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs, up to and including 24-hours turn-around time.

Q: Do you do same-day repairs?

A: Unfortunately, we are unable to provide same-day repair services. The fastest turn-around for repairs is 24 hours.

Q: What do repairs cost?

A: Please have a look at our price list for a general idea of repair prices. Though we have tried to provide as comprehensive a list as possible, due to the nature of shoe repair, many repairs fall outside the scope of this list. We are always happy to give you a quote for your repair before proceeding with the work. Bring your shoes in to any of our San Francisco locations, and an associate will assist you.

Q: Do you repair items other than shoes?

A: Yes! We can usually repair most accessories and leather goods, including but not limited to briefcases, bags, luggage, wallets, belts, and more. We encourage you to bring in any item that might fall within our scope, and we will be happy to let you know whether we can fix it for you.


Q: What kind of event services do you provide?

A: Since 1996, A Shine & Co has been working with vendors to customize our shoeshine entertainment and “infotainment” services for special events of all kinds, including shining shoes in trade show booths, at conventions, parties, weddings, banquets, product launches, promotional events, and much more. With fleets of portable shine chairs and experienced shiners in both San Francisco and New York, we bring any number of elegant portable chairs staffed by well-dressed shiners to your event, set the chairs up quickly and easily, and let the fun begin. We also subcontract our permanent locations – with three in San Francisco and one in New York, you can host bi-coastal product launches and promotions, as with Bloomberg Businessweek during their 2010 relaunch of Businessweek Magazine.

Q: Do you do out-of-state events – that is, events in states other than California and New York?

A: Yes, we do! A Shine & Co has done events in Nevada, Texas, Florida, Washington D.C., and more! Our shiners are travel ready, and we have a selection of chairs that can be shipped. Out-of-state events incur additional travel costs. We are happy to give you a quote for your event(s) nationwide. Simply contact our National Events Specialist, Meghan Reynolds.

Q: What do the chairs look like, and what do they measure?

A: We have a number of chairs to choose from to accommodate the look and size of your event location/space. Please see a listing of our available chairs here, with dimensions listed in the descriptions.

Q: How much do you charge for special event services?

A: Every event varies in hours, location, number of shiners wanted, and therefore, in cost. We are always happy to give you a quote for your specific event and work with you to accommodate your budget. Please contact our National Events Specialist, Meghan Reynolds, to discuss your upcoming event.

Q: How will the shiners be dressed?

A: Unless otherwise specified, our shiners always dress formally for events in good-looking combinations of button-down shirts, ties, bow ties, vests, suspenders, pinstripes, dress slacks, dress shoes, and hats. We are happy to accommodate your requests as to style of dress, and often wear branded shirts and shoes that have been provided by the vendor.

Q: Can I request specific shiners?

A: You may always request specific shiners, but their availability is not guaranteed. We always do our best to accommodate your requests.

Q: Who do I contact about my event?

A: For questions and quotes, please contact Meghan Reynolds, our National Events Specialist .


Q: How often should I get my shoes shined?

A: As a general guideline, if you wear your shoes frequently (3 or more times per week), you should get a basic shine at least every 1-2 weeks, a glass shine at least every 2-3 weeks, or a bulletproof shine at least every 3-4 weeks. If you wear your shoes 2 times per week or less, you should get them shined when it looks to you like they need a shine, or once per month, whichever comes first. If you store your shoes seasonally, you will still need to have them conditioned/shined about once a month to keep the leather from drying out and cracking. Also, new shoes should always get at least a bulletproof shine on them before you wear them.

Q: Which of the different levels of shine should I get?

A: If you regularly get your shoes shined, please refer to the answer for how often you should get your shoes shined. Otherwise, the level of shine your shoes need depends in their condition, and your shiner will be able to help you determine which level is best for your shoes. As a rule, any time your shoes display signs of over-dryness or color fading, the leather needs and will benefit from the maximum layers of polishing, requiring at least a bulletproof shine.

Q: What is the difference between the Basic, Glass, Bulletproof, and Saphir shines?

A: All of our shines are great shines, done with what we have determined to be the most appropriate products, and including all the vital steps for proper leather care.  Every shine starts with cleaning and conditioning the upper, cleaning the welts, dressing the edges, and caring for any other necessary details. The difference in levels is that each increasing level of shine will include more rounds of polishing, brushing, and buffing, which progressively builds the shine for longer wear, more protection, greater color restoration, and deeper conditioning. Our Saphir shine is done with Saphir’s award winning Medaille D’or product line, an imported French product that contains a sophisticated blend of ingredients and pigments and is widely regarded as the polish of choice for all fine calf leathers and hand-painted finishes.

Q: What if my shoes are more than one color?

A: All of our shine specialists nationwide are well trained to deal with multicolored shoes. For information on shining shoes with different colors and color variations, be sure to follow our blog!

Q: Can you do anything for suede or materials other than leather?

A: Yes, we can clean/shine/care for suede, patent, nubuck, exotic leathers, satin, canvas, rubber, and more.

Q: What if my shoes are in storage?

A: Shoes can become dry to point of damage while in storage. It is important to shine them or at least condition them once a month while being stored.

Q: How long does a shoeshine take?

A: In-chair shines take approximately 8 minutes (basic shine) to 15 minutes (bulletproof and Saphir shines), depending on the level of shine you want.