My name is Urban E. Buchmann and shoes, their styles and care, have occupied me for 30 years and more, a passion that I inherited from my grandfather.
For more than 20 years I used exclusively products of the Saphir Medaille d’Or series from the company Avel from France until I became aware of the manufacturer The Columbus Ltd. and the Matsudo Factory, their company building in Tokyo.
Since visiting the men’s fashion fair PITTI UOMO in Florence in the year 2015 I have been

and completely convinced of the quality of the best series of Columbus Boot Black.
In this context, a specialist retailer is not one of the usual phrases on the Internet, but I stand for supporting you in word and deed in shoe care.
and to be able to give you a practicable problem solution in the vast majority of cases.

Boot Black is not just a trade mark but all products are designed and developed in the Matsudo Factory and tested, further developed and improved for at least 1 year by our own shoe care team under the direction of Mr. Mitsuhashi until they receive the final market release.
In 2019 Columbus, especially the Matsudo Factory, will celebrate its 100th anniversary and some new products can be expected.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions; please send me an e-mail to
or call me under the phone number[+49} 06831 42060 or +49 177 8828 959.
Find the latest news on Boot Black Shop’s Facebook blog
or on the pages of the forum moda-bob, which I also run and where you can find lots of shoe care examples and news – not only about shoes: