Originally Posted by mr monty
You are the only person sewing together trousers in between shoe shines
Well, I don't sew my trousers together, but I do cuff them myself. And I cuff them long enough for a break, which means the bottom/inside of the cuffs buff my shoes with each step I take, thus minimizing the need to polish.
But seriously, folks, I condition my smooth leather shoes with cream and polish them with wax of the appropriate color when new. After that, I condition and polish only when a vigorous brushing and buffing does not restore the level of shine I want. I attend more frequently to the sole edges and heels since the finish gets scuffed and looses its luster there with every couple or three wearings. Here's a pair I wore earlier this week that have been maintained as described and kept on trees when not on my feet. They are six years old and have been worn once or twice a month since new; and I'd be surprised if they've been fully polished even a dozen times:
And here's a pair maintained the same way but worn in harsher weather conditions because of the thicker leather and double soles. They are more than ten years old.