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I don't know about you, but I grew up in a family that HAD a box of shoe polish and supplies, but never really USED them.  But now I am a convert.  I need professional shoes for work, and my basic black ones were getting pretty, uh, unprofessional looking.  They were bad.  Really bad.  So I was talking to my Mom about how I'd have to replace them.  Dad looked down and said, naw, they just need to be polished.

Now, I was skeptical, because we're not talking actual good-quality leather shoes, here.  We're talking cheap fakes.  But he insisted, so I went to a shoe store (one of the nice ones) and got myself a bottle of black shoe polish.

The shoes do not look new, but they are back in the firmly professional category.  And not only those shoes.  I also tried them on my black tennis shoes.  Again, not real leather, and this pair had places where the top layer of the vinyl had come off.  With polish, you have to look very carefully to see where those places are.  They no longer look like "good for nothing but yardwork," I can wear them out and around town.

I got the bottle of polish for like $9, and it will be enough to last me for years to come even polishing all my pairs of black shoes on a semi-regular basis.  It will save me so much money in not having to buy new shoes.

And, best part?  It's this new thing where you don't have to brush the shoes or polish them after.  You just make sure the shoes are clean and dry, daub the polish on with the included applicator brush, and let them dry.  That is it, that's all you have to do.  The same company (tarrago) also makes clear polish, so you don't have to get a bottle for each different color shoes you own.  I don't think the clear polish would cover the places where there's an actual layer of vinyl missing, but it would probably get rid of scuff marks. 

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Date: 2017-05-12 09:41 pm (UTC)
illariy: entrance into a swimming pool (Default)
From: [personal profile] illariy
I love to polish my shoes, too. At my home, we had a regular ritual every few months of doing every one of our shoes. We used old vests to polish the shoes with and it works very well.

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Date: 2017-05-12 11:17 pm (UTC)
jamethiel: Red shiny ankle boots against a black background (shoes!)
From: [personal profile] jamethiel
I bought a pair of (admittedly $100) shoes for work.

Around 7 years ago.

I have worn them 5 days a week for 7 years and they have only JUST given up the ghost and the reason they have done that is that the soles are worn through and the shank is digging into my foot (they're air cell tech/rubber soles so I can't just get them resoled)

They still look perfectly fine from the top.

Polish WORKS.

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Date: 2017-05-13 04:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] swingandswirl
I went to the sort of school where you wore uniforms and shoes polished until you could damn near see your reflection in them. Which meant - as our school grounds were sand, not grass or gravel - regular polishing. Even though I've graduated, I've kept up the habit with my normal shoes - and even the boots I never wear on account of living in the tropics.

Like you, I have the new liquid kind, and it works a treat, especially in combination with (for leather shoes, anyway) a good shoe shampoo. There's just something nice and meditative about sitting down every once in a while to polish your shoes until they shine.


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Date: 2017-05-13 01:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] faesdeynia
My family too! It's a pity that a lot of these skills have been lost to toss and replace as the new normal.

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