Need Shoe Care Products, Visit Dillard’s at the Galleria, Houston

During a one month stay in Houston I needed to shine my shoes. It’s funny how minor inconveniences can come to dominate your thoughts. I had forgotten to pack some cleaner/polisher for my shoes when I traveled to Houston recently and I became concerned that my shoes were beginning to look a little shabby. My shoes are made from a leather that requires “leather balm” to keep them in good condition rather than polish. Not really wanting to have to buy any shoe care products during my trip, because of the extra space they will take up in my luggage, I initially thought I’d find a local shoeshine service. The hotel where I am staying does not have any shoe shiners, but one of the ladies working the reception told me, rather impatiently, that the Marriott across the street has them on the weekends. However, I’ve not used shoeshine services very often but the few times I have I’ve always felt uncomfortable about being smooth-talked to by an African American man while he polishes my shoes, not to mention having to settle on a suitable tip, in addition to the required payment. To me, this scenario is just too evocative of the bad old days in the Deep South. So after several days, I finally decided to walk to Dillard’s at the Galleria shopping mall because I knew they sold shoe care products in the men’s clothing section.

Dillard’s is one of my favorite stores for purchasing clothes. The place has a comforting traditional air about it and the sales assistants are old-school. They genuinely know a lot about the products they are selling. They also have a restrained way of talking to customers and seem to be genuinely interested in helping them find exactly what they want. The store has several locations around Houston but the Galleria location is right next to the 610 Loop freeway in its own building on the east side of the main shopping center. I walked to the store from my hotel because I needed the exercise and it was a bright sunny but cool day. Perfect for a long walk, although in actuality it took me only about 20 minutes to walk there. After walking east along Westheimer and then turning right on Post Oak, I crossed the road next to Neiman Marcus and entered the side entrance to Dillard’s. The doors here open onto the ladies’ makeup area so I walked straight ahead through this part of the store until I arrived in the men’s clothing section. Shoes and related products are on display over to the left.

The thing I really like about buying shoes and shoe-related products at this location is that everything is on display in one small corner of the store, which makes it easy to find what I need; all of the products are of a high quality; the styles tend to be fairly traditional; and the prices are generally reasonable, especially during sales when discounts are usually considerable. Dillard’s sells its own line of shoe care products as well as those branded by Johnson & Murphy. I spoke to one of the sales assistants about my particular pair of shoes, which I was wearing, for some help with selecting the right product. She pointed me to Dillard’s own brand of leather lotion packaged in a silver plastic container. The description on the packaging promised to “gently clean, restore and moisturize fine leather footwear,” so I hoped it would do the trick. After finalizing the purchase, I had a quick look around the store since there were still some clothes sale items available, after which I headed back to my hotel. I find it reassuring to do business with a store that makes it so easy to find what you need. This is especially important when you are traveling; when you don’t normally have a lot of time to search for things you may have forgotten to bring with you. You just want to get what you need to make your trip a success.

The following are some of the reasons why I like this Dillard’s location:

  1. It is within walking distance of many Galleria-area hotels. This is ideal for travelers staying in the Galleria area.
  2. The section for shoes and related products is easy to find on the first floor.
  3. The selection of shoe care products is comprehensive and of a high quality.
  4. The store is located in a safe part of town and is a short walk from one of the largest Starbucks cafés in Houston, located at Post Oak and Westheimer. So after buying some shoe care products at Dillard’s, travelers can walk over to the café to relax with a cup of coffee.
  5. I first visited Houston in 1987 – before moving there – and Dillard’s was one of the stores that I visited on that trip. This Dillard’s location has been here for years, so it is a reliable source from which to buy shoe care products.

Many visitors to Houston will visit the Galleria shops because they are located in one of the most well-known and central shopping malls in the city. Visitors who find they have forgotten to bring shoe care products to keep their shoes in good condition during their travels will find what they need at the Galleria-area Dillard’s. The sales assistants are helpful and will help the busy traveler to find what is needed with the minimum of fuss.