$20 – $75

Southern Sole Bootblack Weekend 2020

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Atlanta Eagle

306 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast

Atlanta, GA 30308

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A weekend of education by bootblacks for bootblacks.

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A weekend of education by bootblacks for bootblacks. The 2020 Southern Sole Bootblack Weekend is shifting its focus to advanced learning, offering classes to allow experienced bootblacks to further their technical knowledge of bootblacking and leathercare. There will be a 101 all-day intensive on Friday as well for new and experienced bootblacks alike! Please be advised, Saturday and Sunday classes will be paced and geared towards experienced bootblacks.

In the evening there will be games, an auction, chocolate cake, and....a contest during bar hours!

Current Class List:

Bootblacking 101



Oil tan / High Shine - differences

Conditioning Oil tans

High Shine

Garment Leather

Leather and Boot Quality-The Making (and Breaking) Of A Boot

So many things go into the making of a quality boot….type of leather, stitching technique, hardware, sole, insole, finishing, etc. Let’s take apart a boot layer by layer and discover the good, the bad, and the hidden parts of a boot. Trigger Warning: This class includes the non-consensual destruction of a boot. Squeamish bootblacks are encouraged to bring their own sickness bag.

Gouge Repair

Patina / Antiquing

“Patina” is no longer just the natural aging process of leather shoes, it is now the artistic recreation and enhancement of this effect. Hand painted patina is its own art form across Europe and Japan, generally reserved for high end bespoke footwear. But hand painted patina can be a great way to transform something old into something new. Crack open a couple jars of dye, grab your fan brush, and learn the basics of creating patina finishes with Izzy .

Painting Leather-If Bob Ross Wore Boots

Learn techniques and tricks on revamping boots with paint and patience. A detailed discussion of tools and products along with demonstrations of prep, technique, and finishing might inspire you to decorate some boots with happy clouds. We’ll even look at additional embellishment ideas….spikes, spots, trim, and glitter. There isn’t enough time during the workshop to finish a pair of boots yourself but perhaps we can work on them later in the weekend (bring a pair of boots/shoes without polish if you want to decorate). As Bob Ross stated: “All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind.”

White Leather-I(vory) really don't want you walking on Eggshells

White leather? White leather! Ever have someone want you to work on white leather? Did you panic? We are bootblacks after all.. well, panic no more. In this class I will not only teach you about how white leather is made, but how to properly clean and care for white leather without fear of damaging it. I will get into stain and smell removal, as well as what you can and cannot use to condition white leather.

Cream Polish

Creamy. Soft. Wet. Shiny. Just what do you do with cream polish? We will explore why cream polish deserves a spot in every kit. It can be used on items like dress shoes, western boots and soft leather boots. Cream polish is one of the most versatile products in leathercare.

Mirror Shine

Dale: So, I need your class description for the spit shine class the two of you will be tag-team teaching…

Tid Bit: I thought Izzy was writing it

Izzy: I thought Elegant was writing it

Elegant: Why would I be writing it when it’s going to be Izzy and Tid Bit teaching?

Izzy: Because Dale said something about you writing funny class descriptions

Tid Bit: What’s funny about spit shines?

Izzy: What ISN’T funny about spit shines?

Dale: Well, the class description has to mention that the two of you will be co-teaching, because you’ve got two very different styles. So you will be showing how two different approaches can still reach the same goal.

Tid Bit: I think you just wrote our class description.

Izzy: I’m glad that’s out of the way.


In addition to classes there will be

Title Holder Roundtable-How to prepare for a contest, The Ins and Outs



A Very Special Contest

Shine Time

and of course - Chocolate Cake!!

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Atlanta Eagle

306 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast

Atlanta, GA 30308

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