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  • Shoe Shiners, Istanbul, TR
    Shoe Shiners, Istanbul, TR
    by TrendsetterME
  • Shoe Shiners, Istanbul, TR
    Shoe Shiners, Istanbul, TR
    by TrendsetterME
  • Shoe Shiners, Istanbul, TR
    Shoe Shiners, Istanbul, TR
    by TrendsetterME

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    Shoe Shiners, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 17, 2013

    "Shoe Shiners" are traditional and very popular all over the country, summer and winter, you can see them at each and every corner of the city and country.

    Most of them have a specific area given by the Municipality, but besides, there are younger guys who carry their shoeshine boxes with them all thru the day to several spots of the city, especially to more touristic areas as like "Old City" or so ...

    The traditional shoe shiners serve not just for shining your shoes, but besides also changing the color of your shoe, repair a broken part as like heel of the shoe, change the laces, fix the sole and many more ...

    Eventhough you are a visitor / tourist in the city, feel free to leave your shoes with them in the morning and you can get back in the same evening as fixed like brandnew ... :)

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    Shoe Shine "Boys"

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jun 8, 2011

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    Getting your shoes polished won't be a problem. On the major street you will find men that handle their antique tools with great enthousiasm. My advice is to pick out a seasoned shoe shiner and not get fooled by some passing charlatan (read: crook).

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    The Shoes of Nisantasi

    by nicolaitan Written May 16, 2009

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    Berlin has its bears, New York City had its horses, and now Istanbul's Nisantasi district has its stilettos created and decorated by local advertisers predominantly clothing establishments. The signs and credits have long since vanished but the inventive decorations persist all through the neighborhood - think photo ops.

    courtesy of your local radio station FM89.0

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    Get a shoe shine

    by Hopkid Written Apr 27, 2008

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    You'll see a lot of shoe shine stands, sometimes in groups. The one pair of shoes I brought were a pair of comfortable black leather shoes. They were trashed when I brought them and the rain on Friday and walking through puddles and muck over the next couple of days had taken their toll. I finally broke down and grabbed an open chair in the small square opposite the ferry station in Kadikoy. A very nice and colorful older gentleman gave my shoes an expert shine in 5 minutes for all of 3 YTL. What a deal! And a great way to interact with the local culture.

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  • Shoe Shine Boys

    by Mariajoy Written Feb 22, 2006

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    On my first visit to Istanbul I was surprised to see sooooo many youngsters (mostly boys) from around 6 years old upwards, shining shoes on the city streets. They work long hours to bring much needed income to their families. He didn't shine my shoes (or those of anyone in my party) but I did give him something for letting me take his photo.

    Earning a living from an early age

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    Clean shoes are a helping hand

    by NiceLife Written Jan 14, 2006

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    Little urchins starting to hustle their way up the economic ladder with a box of polishes, a rag, and a cheeky call - "Shoeshine mister?" One day, maybe they will become a taxi driver, with their own car.

    Shoe-shine  - first step up the economic ladder

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    No Shoes Indoors!

    by Geoff_Wright Updated Mar 17, 2004

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    It is the custom in Turkey, when entering a private house, to remove ones shoes. Having been in the Middle East previously, I know this, and even at home in England I don't wear shoes indoors. So, if you are staying with Turkish friends remember this, and take some slippers wth you.

    Remove your shoes

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    Before entering a home, school...

    by Pamela_Peace Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Before entering a home, school or mosque in Turkey, it is customary for shoes to be removed. In a home visitors will be offered a pair of slippers to wear. Before entering a mosque, you will be given a plastic sack to carry your shoes in.

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    Shoe Shine

    by babar_1 Updated Oct 22, 2004

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    Get your shoes shine like new one from the royal cobbler sitting out side the Aksaray bus stand, sitting in a queue with brightly dcorated boxes.

    Turkish cobblers

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    Shoe cleaning

    by KaterinaJordan Written Apr 15, 2004

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    You can just seat and wait for your shoes to be cleaned. Of course in the streets it is not so luxurus!

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