BELOVED BUENOS AIRES STREET CHARACTER
Also known as “Washington” (for the wax brand, but not the real one he uses), Agustín Gómez is the most famous shoepolisher in Buenos Aires. One may ask “A shoe polisher can be a distinguished person”? Believe me he truly is. Every morning from 9 am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, he opens his stand at the corner of Diagonal Norte and Florida streets, in the heart of Buenos Aires downtown or “microcentro”.
Although he´s not tall, his smile is huge and his mood is the best in town. Not only he is a true shoepolisher, with high end products and an excellent quality stand, but he also provides people with laughter and joy. I have a pair of boots I love and I only trust his hands on! After he works on them, I can look at myself in its leather like in a mirror! Everybody in downtown knows him and -I am not exagerating- he cannot stop greeting people as he has many friends who stop while passing by to say hello and ask him how he is doing.
If you are in Buenos Aires heading to “microcentro” you may not be looking after a shoepolish, but sure you would like to absorb good vibes and take a couple of pictures with him. Stop by and you will understand what I mean.