Winners of the Spring 2011 Shoe Shine Saturday Photo Contest

by Brett & Kate McKay on April 9, 2011 · 26 comments

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A couple of weeks ago we held a contest on the site called Shoe Shine Saturday.

Readers submitted photos of their best shoe shine, and the pictures were judged by the quality of the shoe shine and the creativity of the photo. We received over 270 awesome and very manly submissions. The Art of Manliness selected the top five finalists, and then KIWI Shoe Care chose the final winners. Originally, only the first place winner was going to get a prize: a pair of Allen Edmonds shoes and a Ultimate Shoe Shine Kit from KIWI. But we all had such an agonizing time choosing between the many incredible entries, that KIWI generously decided to throw in some prizes for the runners-up as well. Thanks KIWI!

Shoe Shine Saturday Runners-Up

Fifth place goes to Derek Lasher. Here’s his submission:

Derek won a KIWI shoeshine kit.

Fourth place goes to David Smith. Here’s David’s submission:

David also won a KIWI shoeshine kit.

Our third runner up is Kevin Keski with his submission called “Inspection Ready:”

Kevin won a $50 Gift Card to Target and a KIWI Shoe Shine Kit.

Second place goes to Edward Bedard:

Edward's submission has a great backstory. Here's the caption he put with his photo: "This past week I went to meet my biological father for the first time. I figured I needed some freshly shined shoes, and it just so happened to coincide with the contest. What better place to take a picture before that kind of meeting than with my barber?"

Edward won a $100 Gift Card to Target and a KIWI Shoe Shine Kit. And we here at AoM liked his photo and story so much we decided to throw in an Art of Manliness t-shirt as well.

Shoe Shine Saturday Grandprize Winner

The Grandprize winner of the Shoe Shine Saturday Photo Contest is Bobby Lewhew. Here’s Bobby’s winning submission:

Congratulations, Bobby! You’ll be getting a shoe shine kit from KIWI Shoe Care and a pair of Allen Edmonds dress shoes. Keep your new shoes shiny, Bobby, and never, ever cut that epic Wayne Coyne-esque hair.

Thanks to everyone who participated in Shoe Shine Saturday and thanks to KIWI Shoe Care for sponsoring the contest! Just because the contest is over, don’t let the tradition die….keep up the ritual of Shoe Shine Saturday every week!

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brad April 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm

That should not have been the winner…it is the worst of all the ones on the page.

2 Brandon April 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Kids always win! I thought everyone knew that.

3 Dan P April 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm

OK… I’m a *LONG* way off from having shoes looking that good..

4 Dennis B April 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Derek Lasher’s photo is the best.

5 Elizabeth April 9, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I loved every single one of these! It must have been hard to pick a winner…

I remember as a little girl helping my dad shine his shoes, and then sometimes we would do my little school uniform shoes too.

6 Shawn April 9, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Hey Brett, I’m not trying to rag on anybody but are you sure those aren’t patent leather shoes? I was issued the same exact ones.

7 Brandon April 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm

To be honest, and I’m not trying to be a “sore loser,” I fail to see how the winning submission meets the criterion upon which shoe photos were to be judged. It’s a nice photo of a touching moment, but it still strikes me as lacking what the other entries contained: namely a creative setup and a shined shoe.

8 Bill April 9, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I agree with Brandon. The shoe isn’t shined. Also, how did the kid get that dirty when the can of polish is “neutral”?

9 vince April 9, 2011 at 9:04 pm

I do think the winning entry has a creative set up.
The gentleman is in his libary, with his son or grandson dressed handsomly, with his shine box instructing his future heir on one of the many pillars of manliness.
Very creative if you ask me.

10 Robert Pruitt April 9, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Winner was creative but fake and staged. I think some of the entries went after the best advert angle. I thought this was a real shoe-polishing in the real world kind of thing. Oh well, what do I know.

11 Scott April 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm

The sour grapes among this crowd–wow. Congrats to the winners!

I didn’t submit an entry but did take the time to polish my shoes (for the first time in longer than I’d like to admit). I figure that’s as much reward as anything, really; for those who submitted entries that didn’t win, how much was the entry fee? Hmm? Exactly.

12 Paul April 9, 2011 at 11:45 pm

As a contestant, I am sad I did not win. I was really looking forward to the prize. I have to admit when I looked at the other entries last Saturday, I thought there was one that stood out. To me, Edwards barber shop photo was the best. I am happy he was recognized for his shot. I did not see a couple of the ones I would have judged in the top five. I clearly need to work on my photography. Congrats the the top five. I hope I get a chance to redeem myself.

How about a car wash Saturday with a prize of, oh I don’t know. A new Porsche Panamera?

13 Bill April 10, 2011 at 9:13 am

@Scott: It’s not sour grapes. It’s about keeping your word. The rules clearly stated that the quality of the shoe shine was an important factor. Apparently, it wasn’t. The “winning” shoes weren’t shined. If they were, it was a bad job.

I didn’t submit an entry, either; I did, however, shine my shoes as I do twice monthly. So I can’t be accused of sour grapes because I didn’t think that I, personally, was being treated unfairly.

It is not sour grapes when a non-interested party points out that the rules were nor applied fairly.

14 Scott April 10, 2011 at 10:46 am

@Bill: That’s a fair point, and I’m inclined to agree with you. That said, the judging guidelines in this contest were highly subjective; the photos were to be judged on the “creativity and quality of the picture” among other things.

Did the grand prize winner deserve to win? If based *only* on the shine on the shoes, OK–probably not. On the other hand, subjective guidelines give great leeway to the judge to decide what wins and what doesn’t. In this case, Brett and Kate (with the backing of KIWI) had full discretion to decide who won and who did not.

(Then again, I’ll grant that perhaps the grand prize winner didn’t abide by “step 2″ of the submission rules in that the picture of his shoe(s) wasn’t taken “after shining them” and should probably have been disqualified. Still: this is Brett and Kate’s playground, and if they want to bend the rules that’s their right.)

15 Brett McKay April 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm

KIWI picked the final winners.

16 kelly April 11, 2011 at 5:57 am

It is funny reading all the sore loser comments. I guess some people come to this website to try to be men and others come here to learn and improve their manhood. The prize was a shoe shinning kit, not a bigger _ _ _ _! So who cares.
All great photos thank you for sharing and having this contest.

17 Tina Hansen April 11, 2011 at 10:41 am

I loved the shoe shine 1st place picture. The shoes are beautifully shined and it reminds me of the good ole’ days of well shined shoes. The Kiwi polish and brush are a nice touch in the background as well and the lighting is very warm.

18 Matt April 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm

How is the front picture for this a quick shine kit? This screwed up.

19 Jack April 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm

The criteria was:
“To enter, take a picture of your shoes after you shine them. Show us just how shiny and smooth you can get them! Before and after pictures are encouraged”
What a disappointment!

20 Steve April 11, 2011 at 7:45 pm

In response to kelly, you denigrate those that pointout that the judging did not follow the guidelines as “sore losers” and thus not interested to “learn and improve their manhood.”

Far from it. I was taught that a gentleman plays by the rules and keeps his word. I think it fair to point out that it is reasonable to consider that perhaps this did not happen here, but that reasonable people can disagree on this point. I can understand the frustration of those that took the time to submit their work feeling somewhat frustrated because they followed the guidelines and constrained their entries to comply, only to see something that did not earn the top spot.

Lastly, I enjoyed all the winners’ submissions and congratulate them not only on their creativity, but also for their ability to actually participate. I have yet to achieve that balance in life that allows me to focus on the stuff I’d like to do but tend to let get pushed to the side.

21 Guy April 12, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Good stuff! Congrat’s to all the winners…

22 Steve M April 13, 2011 at 8:25 am

Congratulations to the winners! Great job and great effort!

23 Darren April 18, 2011 at 4:39 am

I’m going to guess that you’re an American officer. But you need to undo those BRIDGED laces MY GOD. The lace goes UNDER NOT over?! This will be the undoing of our military! With all due respect Mr. Kevin Keski Congrats!

24 Danny Z. April 21, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I can’t believe I missed another one. When’s the next one?

25 Paul April 29, 2011 at 5:00 pm

They’re all nice, tho’ I was particularly fond of “Inspection Ready”. BTW, for those who have given new-found attention to their shoes as a consequence of reading this site, I discovered one of the *least* expensive sources of cedar shoe trees (which I’ve learned are key to keeping your shoes in fine shape) is… (site sponsor) Allen Edmonds! The shoe trees are well made from cedar heart wood. They smell wonderful. Shipping was prompt and free, to boot. (no pun intended)

(full disclosure – I’m not an employee of A.E. or this site; this testimonial is unsolicited, …but if A.E. would like to send me a $ off coupon for their superb shoes… ;-)

26 Chris Whitley May 1, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Do this contest again….I wanna blow y’all away. I guarantee I can out shine anyone :)

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