I’ve wanted a nice shoeshine box for some time now, but almost everything desirable on the market is outside of my budget. The Hanger Project and A Suitable Wardrobe both carry models by La Cordonnerie Anglaise, a French company that makes an impressive range of boxes, which you can see here. There’s also Ephtée, who can make custom trunks for footwear, but if one can hardly afford a small ready-to-use box, one can hardly expect to get a custom trunk made.
Another company I really like is Turms, a small, family-owned company based in Montegranaro, Italy. For much of their history, they’ve made wooden shoe lasts for Italian shoe manufacturers, but at some point, they also created a line of shoe care products for consumers. Their handsome walnut shoebox, for example, has little compartments to store horsehair brushes, suede erasers, and leather conditioners, and near the bottom is a pullout drawer for creams, waxes, and soft polishing cloths.