Miesha Williams isn’t a bartender, but she’s as open-eared as any Moe I’ve ever met pulling tap handles.
You’ll find her buffing scuffs most days at O’Neal Shine on the Run in Concourse C at the Birmingham International Airport. That’s Southern Living’s home hub, and last week while I propped my feet on those flat steel rests, a guy rocking a bow tie and a pocketwatch hustled over and muttered, "You inspired me. I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time."
Above photo: A post-shine pose.
When was the last time you got your shoes shined? I don’t mean when you sit on the corner of your bed and work through the methodical rub-n-brush technique your dad showed you.
I’m talking about climbing up to the chair and putting your feet in the hands of a pro.
I’m talking about having a human connection, no matter how brief.
Sure, you could spend that cash in the bar, but you’d be leaving with a belly full of suds; not loafers like mirrors.