Welcome to the Home of Alistair, LeatherHiraeth, International Mr Bootblack 2022 (IMBB30), European Bootblack 2020, and the third family bootblack for The UK KRueL Leather Family. Alistair and his team have created this website as a resource tool to help promote bootblacking in the UK and across Europe and to provide tips and tricks on how to achieve the perfect care for your leathers and boots.

Alistair has also created the Dirty Hands range of great soaps and conditioners to help care for your leathers. Find Al’s products in the store! All proceeds will go towards creating a UK Bootblack title and promoting Bootblacking at events across the UK, Europe and the world.

Read more about Alistair and his journey with bootblacking here

Team Al

Al has a wonderful support team made up of members of the UK KRueL Leather Family. They can be found giving classes, demos, and bootblacking at various events across the uk and sometimes further afield. Read more about Team Al!

You can support Alistair over on Patreon where you can choose from monthly support, one-off donations, or even purchase limited edition items, pins, as well as other items like bootblacking starter kits. You can also read about his journey here and follow it on facebook, or support his fundraising for creating a UK Bootblack title by buying his products in the store!

Boots by Post

A postal bootblacking service within the UK by Alistair, European Bootblack 2020. Send Al your boots and watch on zoom as he works on them. European and International service by negotiation… find out more here or follow on facebook

April 2022

LAM, 3rd April

Leather Eagle and part of the team will be providing the crowds with shines and a stall full of products.

Mr Leather Dublin, 1st until 3rd April

Alistair and part of the team will be in attendance. Details of the even can be found here

May 2022


Currently scheduled for 4th until the 9th May, Covid allowing.

Alistair will returning to Darklands in 2022 as a judge for the Bootblack Europe 2022 competition, and will also be giving a workshop with Master DK on Power Exchange in Bootblacking. Why not come meet him and the team, or sign up for the class?


WHEN: As part of the International Mr Leather weekend, currently scheduled for 25th until the 30th May 2022, Alistair will be competing for the International Mr Bootblack title.

Al and his team will be attending IMBB this year. Do you want to come to say hi? Have a question you would like to ask? Drop us an email and we will try to arrange to meet up with you there.

More updates to follow.