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Professional bootblack takes a shine to mainstream, fetish communities

Izzy Jaecks is a professional bootblack. She doesn't shine shoes at airports or in hotel lobbies, and she takes her career, one that she stumbled into by accident, seriously. And, while today's interpretation of the modern bootblack means that Jaecks has found work in leather and gay bars, she still feels a historical connection with the centuries of artisans who've come before her and who who've made shoes shine since at least the 1600s.

Aug 31, 2011
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