polishing shoes

Discussion in 'Andy's Fashion Forum' started by nicklord1, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. nicklord1

    nicklord1 New Member

    Hi does anyone have any tips etc or a routine to get an easy shine.

  2. Pipps

    Pipps Super Member

    You simply must do a forum search! There are so many excellent existing threads on this very subject!
  3. Howard

    Howard Connoisseur

    United States
    New York
    Guys, what kind of shoe polish do you prefer?

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  4. SG_67

    SG_67 Connoisseur

    United States
    There are tons of DIY videos on YouTube and if you search here I’m sure you’ll find some as well.

    Far better and more efficient if you do that then ask here.

    Go to Leffot’s website and there is a tutorial. A good place to start.
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  5. FLMike

    FLMike Connoisseur

    United States
    West Coast
    ^He’s just asking for a shoe polish brand recommendation. He needs a tutorial for that??

    Or are you answering the query from 9 years ago?
  6. SG_67

    SG_67 Connoisseur

    United States
    “I will sell no wine, before it’s time!” :D
  7. Flanderian

    Flanderian Connoisseur

    United States
    New Jersey

    I use this stuff. Or, if I find it, some new, old stock of Meltonian since they stopped making it. Tarrago pretty much has any color you could want.


  8. Andy

    Andy Site Creator/Administrator Staff Member

    United States
    Palm Desert
  9. derum

    derum Suspended

    United States
    An interesting part of the history of Kiwi boot polish in the USA:

    "American soldiers were then finding the dullness of their boots and shoes to be a handicap when trying to win the affections of Japanese women.[19] U.S. military footwear of the time was produced in brown leather with the rough side out.
    When the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces arrived in Japan—all with boots polished to a degree not known in the U.S. forces—the G.I.s were more conscious than ever of their feet. The secret was found to rest not only in spit and polish, but in the superior Australian boot polish, a commodity which was soon exchanged with the Americans on a fluctuating basis of so many packets of cigarettes for one can of Kiwi boot polish.
    Soldiers returning from the war continued to use the product, leading to a further surge in its popularity. While Kiwi shoe polish was what business historian Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. would call a "first mover", Kiwi did not open a manufacturing plant in the USA until after World War II"
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  10. eagle2250

    eagle2250 Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator

    Harmony, FL
    United States
    ^^Given the products provenance, as described above, it certainly helps one understand where the name Kiwi came from. Thanks for that. ;)

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