Originally Posted by StopPolloition
In the United States, it's referred to as spit shine, and it's uncommon except among those who were in the military. The problem I've noticed isn't so much that the shoes dry out but that the wax starts to flake starting at creases and areas where the shoe flexes.
I only did it on the toe-cap and the heel counters. The rest of the shoe has a nice shine, but much less polish and therefore is not quite as pronounced. But since the toe and counters are the most visible parts of the shoe, I don't think this will matter.