The City Seen from The Boston Globe
BEACON HILL -- This is what $4 buys your feet at Beacon Hill Instant Shoe Repair: cleaning, application of wax or shoe cream (and possibly mink oil, suede protection, or saddle soap), buffing with a brush, buffing with a cloth, and edge dressing for the finishing touch. 'That's the finale,' says Ron Mills, who calls himself '009 Ronnie Shoeshine.' 'To keep a shine you have to get a shine.' Like other regulars, State Trooper Stephen Kavol visits Mills once a week to keep his boots in good condition. The shoe repair shop has been in this location across from the Statehouse on Bowdoin Street since 1906, according to its current owner, Vadim Kotlyar. That's a century of sole dedication to Boston's movers and shakers. (Globe Staff Photo / Suzanne Kreiter)
Art of the shine
BEACON HILL -- This is what $4 buys your feet at Beacon Hill Instant Shoe Repair: cleaning, application of wax or shoe cream (and possibly mink oil, suede protection, or saddle soap), buffing with a brush, buffing with a cloth, and edge dressing for the finishing touch. "That's the finale," says Ron Mills, who calls himself "009 Ronnie Shoeshine." "To keep a shine you have to get a shine." Like other regulars, State Trooper Stephen Kavol visits Mills once a week to keep his boots in good condition. The shoe repair shop has been in this location across from the Statehouse on Bowdoin Street since 1906, according to its current owner, Vadim Kotlyar. That's a century of sole dedication to Boston's movers and shakers.

(Globe Staff Photo / Suzanne Kreiter)