Shoe Shine

wooden shoe shine kit - This is the kind of shoe shine kit we have in the closet. We've never actually used it for shining, but do store all those tins of polish inside. I wonder how many years that polish will be good for.
@Modestah (11192)
United States
April 14, 2007 7:23pm CST
Do you polish your shoes? I am wondering if it is a lost practice. I used to polish my shoes when I was a child, but anymore it seems like I usually wear canvas or suede shoes. We have a shoe shine kit wooden box that has a raised foot on the top, that is on a slanted angle. You keep the polishes and brushes inside and step on the wooden sole to have your shoe polished. My husband was in the military and had to keep his boots and shoes shined, he would brush and buff those buggers - but never while they were still on his feet. His polish was a thick black waxy gunk that was in a tin. The last time we were at a military base we saw that they had a booth set up in the PX for shining the boots. The boots would be dropped off for later pick-up, I do not recall the price off hand but do remember thinking THAT is outragious! I am thinking it was in the neighborhood of $15 a pair! The polish I used as a child came in a bottle with a sponge tip, and you brushed the liquid polish/color onto the shoes. I used to use white the most as I liked to cover up the smudges on my leather Nikes.
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
15 Apr 07
We do still polish our shoes and boots. I have several different colors of polish and cream to shine them up when they get scuffed up. We dont buy cheap shoes because they tend to hurt our feet.MY husband has really wide feet. He wears a tripple E width so we ahve to pay alot for his shoes. As a result, we take care of them so we dont have to replace them too often. I have osteoperosis and cant afford to fall from slick shoes so I too get good shoes. I think alot of people dont polish or shine their shoes because they buy cheap ones and just throw them away when they get schuffed up.
• United States
24 Apr 07
Thanks for Best Response
@bowtieguy (5927)
• United States
22 Jul 07
At least once a month for me and my sons shine theirs as well.
@Fishmomma (11467)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I think its important to take good care of your shoes. We polish shoes and I wear an 8 1/2 EEE, so they are costly. Many of my friends buy from the Mason Catalog, as we can't walk into a local store and get a pair of shoes that really fit. My daughter is in the military and must keep her shoes looking perfect. Many members of my family retired from the military and all of them want to look their best when we go out for dinner. I remember the sponge tip polish. My brothers and I had a row of bottles, as we used a lot of black on our boots. I remember my boots cost more than double all my friends shoes. If I had known they would cost 5 times my friends now, then I would have bought stock in the company.
• United States
15 Apr 07
i really don't think i have shoes that will take a polish i do have some boots with heels i touch up every now and then. i actually condition them more with sealer /saddlesoap.