FridayBB2015A“I am so excited to have the opportunity to be Southeast Bootblack 2015. I look forward to what the future holds with my new family. It still seems surreal and I am grateful!!!”

Friday: SouthEast Bootblack 2015

is from Tuscaloosa, AL and is active in the Birmingham community with The Red Chair with fairly frequent forays to visit House Je Te Vois in New Orleans. She has been involved in the community for 3 years but interested for much longer.

Her love for leather began when she was growing up and riding horses, grew when she took care of her ex’s boots when he joined the Army in early 2000’s and saw resurgence when offered a chance to attend a small workshop in Birmingham in August 2013. After boot blacking publicly for the first time at Southern Sole in 2014, she was hooked on the energy and has now gotten to black at Southwest Leather, Frolicon, The Red Chair, and House Je Te Vois.

Some of her accomplishments: 

a. 32 Weekends of Travel-only 7 in her home state.
b. 22,000 miles traveled total
c. She taught in Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida and blacked in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Arizona
d. She traveled to North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Arizona
e. She isn’t sure how much she donated or raised but it consisted of bootblacking tips to various organizations and travel funds, kits, and boots donated for auctions.