ALM brings with it the annual Australian Mr. Bootblack competition. Bootblacks come from all over to offer their services of boot- and leather-care to ALM attendees. Each weekend package contains a ballot which the holder can exchange for a boot shine or leather conditioning with the Bootblack Contestant of their choice. Ballots may be cast for a contestant without getting one’s boots shined, if one prefers.

In 2013, IMBB implemented a judging system to supplement the balloting system, and we couldn’t be happier with how well the judging system integrated into the contest. Balloting still makes up a significant portion of each contestant’s final score, so don’t forget to tuck your ballot in your wallet, stop by, have your boots done, and see why bootblacking is such a big deal for many people.

If you’ve never had your boots worked on before, you’re in for a treat.

Balloting begins with the opening of the Meet & Greet Friday and continues through to 2200 on Saturday.