Team Al

Al won the International Mr Bootblack competition, at International Mr Leather Weekend (IML) in Chicago in May 2022. He is the current International Mr Bootblack, in the 30th anniversary year of the competition. The International Mr Bootblack Contest has not run since 2022, and so currently Alistair is the most recent holder of the title.

Alistair produces two bootblack contests: The Bootblack Europe contest, held in Darklands in Antwerp every February, is currently in it’s 5th year, and the UK Bootblack contest, currently in it’s inaugural year, with the next contest due to be held in winter 2024. Alistair is supported by a dedicated team of leather family members who bring a wealth of skills to the table to ensure everything is planned and well-organised for contests, demos and workshops, and help him to set up bootblack stands at events across the UK and further afield.

DK Leather

Head of the The UK KRueL Leather Family,

DK is a leather Daddy. Master, Owner and Sir. He is well known and respected in the UK, ran a mini fet fair Cmunch, was Organising Chair for Kinkfest4 and a Director of  Unfettered here in the UK. Community workshop and demo giver since the 1990s.

DK is stronger than most, protective, deeply passionate, open-hearted and territorial. Dominance, submission, total slavery, sadism and hot sweaty leather sex are just a few of his favourite things. DK has oversight of everything and regularly kicks Al’s butt to ensure everything is up to spec.


Family Trainer,

Sir Lu LeatherEagle is the Leather Family trainer and brings her vast knowledge of leather history and tradition to the team. She has nurtured Al’s passion for bootblack service and is a great enthusiasm builder and pep talker. Always thinking outside the box, LeatherEagle finds ways that other’s don’t necessarily think of to ensure a unique perspective on issues and leather protocol.

Fables LeatherArtisan

Al’s Handler for Darklands

Fables is a Dominant in their own right but is boy to DK Leather and brings their excellent logistical, PA and planning skills to the table. At Darklands, for the European Bootblack competition, they ensured Al was in the right place, on time (no mean feat!), hydrated and fed, and focused during the competition. They are also very creative at designing logos, flyers and marketing, as well as being a skilled leather worker and bootblack themselves. Al’s wonderful Bootblack Europe title vest backpatch was lovingly made by them too!

Jak The Littlest Bootblack

Alistair’s boy

Bootblack Europe 2022

Jak is a service-orientated leatherboy, little and pup, collared by Al. He helps out wherever needed and for IML was tasked with looking after his Sir’s leathers and boots and ensuring that he was well turned out! He also handled Al’s list and ensured everything ran to plan. A big task for the littlest boy! Jak is also a European title holder, Bootblack Europe 2022, having won the title after Al. His Daddy taught him well!!

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Getting Al and the team to Chicago for IML took a lot of organising and funding. Al would like to thank all those who sponsored and supported him during his title run: His sponsors, Bearbite Bondage, Fetish Daddy, Leathermen Cymru and Msc Belgium; and the organisations that gave him space to create bootblack stands at events and provided bootblack visibility within the community; The Birmingham Bizarre Bazaar, the London Alternative Market and Leathermen Cymru.

Al also has some goals for his title year, which include setting up a UK Bootblack competition, and finding spaces and events willing to include bootblacking and have stands available for use. He hopes to achieve this across the wider UK BDSM scene and in the UK leather scene too. This all takes a lot of funding, and every little bit helps to achieve these goals, but it will be worth it to get bootblacking promoted and established fully across the UK.