• WILL 2016 Bootblack Panel

Bootblack Roundtable

Last year we started a bootblack roundtable that porovides an opportunity for bootblacks to share their knowledge and stories. This year we are honored to have Elisa, IMsBB 2017, Teagan, Southwest Bootblack 2017,Theatricaltoy and Tyesha Best. The panel is moderated by Jayson DaBoi, IMsBB 2010 and Briar, ICBB 2015. Join us Friday night 10:00pm - 11:15pm in the ballroom for fun, information and shenanigans!


Elisa is your 2017 International Ms. Bootblack, 2016 Great Lakes Bootblack and 2015 Michigan Community Bootblack and is a founder of the Detroit Area Bootblacks’ Laboratory. She is a member of the gender-inclusive Michigan Band of Brothers and holds leadership positions in the Board of Education, a kinky, pansexual educational organization in metro Detroit. She is a past judge of Mr. Liberty Leather 2017 and of the 25th anniversary of International Mr. Bootblack. She is a Founding Member of the Order of the Non-Sanctimonious. She educates as well as bootblacks. She is the co-host of Fevered Nights, a play party that is only serious about not being serious.

She is a radical sexual outlaw who disdains hierarchy who is best described as a contrarian leather anarchist. She is a body positive, polyamorous feminist. She is a fuzzy femme piglet who demands authentic and intimate relationships that involve degradation, objectification and pain, done with love and affection.



Teagan is a Bootblack based out of Oakland, CA. The first time she shined a pair of shoes, it was under her father’s watchful eye as a child before church. However, these days her skills are being put to more ... salacious uses. Upon joining the leather community and discovering that taking care of leather was a 'thing,' she soon began exploring the eroticism surrounding leather care. She began to hone her craft starting with caring for the leathers of her close friends and lovers in 2013. She then decided to undertake more formal skills training in early 2015. Once she was working on her own, she began to develop an identity as a spiritual bootblack. She views herself as a healer. Mixing sage oil in with some of her products she seeks to purify both the leather and it’s owner during their time in her stand.

She enjoys serving her community as both a skilled bootblack, organizer, and volunteer. She’s worked at major events including International Ms Leather, Southwest Leather Conference, Leather HEAT, Dore Alley, and The Folsom Street Fair. She’s also worked as a coordinator for bootblacks at ‘The Playground’ at Folsom Street Fair, Dark Odyssey: Surrender and both Mr San Francisco Leather and Ms San Francisco Leather. She is Southern California Bootblack 2016 and Southwest Bootblack 2017.

On Wednesdays she wears Wescos.


Theatricaltoy is a femme bootblack from the DC area. As a highly technical bootblack with a service heart, she loves to create custom polish colors for Fluevogs and the challenge of restoring antique leather. Her favorite boots to spit-shine are Dehners, but she also has a deep love of oil boots and all their messy intimate glory. As a community bootblack she's shined at the DC Eagle, MAL, MsC, Baltimore PlayHouse, Dark Odyssey, SELF, and many other events across the country. These days she's taking a step back from the bootblack circuit and co-organizes the Mid-Atlantic Girls of Leather and serves as the IMsBb/IMsL Volunteer Coordinator.  Prior community organizing includes originating the PlayHouse Bootblack Roundtarp skill share, the DC/Baltimore Area Queer munch, and HotHouse- the hottest queer parties in the Mid-Atlantic.




Tyesha Best

Tyesha Best started her Leather journey in Dallas. She has been an avid bootblack since the days her father asked her to shine his Army boots. She has since landed home in South Florida where her family is located. She serves as Media Coordinator for International Mr Leather, Secretary of National Leather Association International and is a member of Onyx Pearls-South East Chapter. She enjoys many fetishes, fisting, fucking, food, boobs, butt, bootblacking and boot worship are just a few. A historian, she strives to uphold the traditions of loyalty and love as best as she can while continue to pay it forward as her ancestors have.