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post #16 of 39
If you're planning on hanging around SF for a while, I suggest you sell those shoes while they're still fairly new... most of us have learnt the hard way too
post #17 of 39
Use leather cleaner and conditioner on that type of shoe you describe, not polish.
post #18 of 39
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Originally Posted by JamesX View Post
Quick Dirty Instructions use a tooth brush (or the small circle brush you can buy at shoe stores) to spread a thin (very thin) layer of polish/cream over your shoe. let it dry for 15-20 minutes Brush with a large horse hair brush to get rid of the big chunks then "sand" the shoe down with a cotton T-shirt or strip of cotton cloth. Just stretch the cloth between your 2 hands and rub the shoe down. Simple and easy. Condition ever so often If you use wax, strip it every 6 month or so to let the leather breath.
These are Army instructions, circa 1939, possibly even from World War 1 era.
post #19 of 39
Unless I'm mistaken, those shoes are not resoleable, so they only need to survive maybe 200 wearings before they will hit the trash anyway.

A little cheap conditioner once in a while, meltonian to cover up scrapes that show through, and a wax polish if you _want_ a little more shine should keep them looking presentable and ensure that the soles go before the top cracks.
post #20 of 39
Seems like this needs to be brought up again: EG uses Kiwi when making their shoes. Yes, Kiwi. Which is a perfectly good polish. There actually IS a reason it's sold in every drugstore on the planet, after all.
post #21 of 39
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Originally Posted by FashionFadz View Post
As well as using the right cream polish and/or conditioner, it a cedar shoe tree is a inexpensive item and a great investment. They help maintain the shape of your shoes and prevent cracking. They also absorb moisture which may avoid the white marks.

I don't think shoe trees will help much with those shoes... But they will be useful later on when he buys better ones.
post #22 of 39
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Originally Posted by Man Of Lint View Post
These are Army instructions, circa 1939, possibly even from World War 1 era.

Shoe Maintenance haven't changed much since 1939 either
post #23 of 39
Highly recommend a bottle of Lexol ($5-6) and a tin of Kiwi ($2) and you are good to go. Combine them with a rag and a horsehair brush ($10) and you have the start of a shoe shine kit that will last you for years.

+1 on this for a college kid. You don't need to be spending money on (or even learning about) obscure and expensive shoe polish. Meltonian is a creme (cream?) and works fine. Cremes have more luster and less shine than wax-based polishes such as Kiwi, but Kiwi will do you fine and it's less goopy than a cream, so a little less messy. I would recommend two rags, one to put on the polish (using one finger) and one for buffing. Or you can buy a horsehair dauber for about $2.50. Another tip, and this may seem extreme, but I wear a cheap surgical gloves on the hand applying the polish. That shit is a bitch to get out of the tip of your finger. Good luck.
post #24 of 39
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Originally Posted by JamesX View Post
Shoe Maintenance haven't changed much since 1939 either

I disagree. There are wonderful products available today that didn't exist in 1939.
post #25 of 39
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Originally Posted by osborn View Post
patrick

i think this guy is not a serious poster. Actually unless he is retarded he is making you look retarded.

You have 2000+ posts on here and you cant smell a troll?

Spoken by somebody with 2 posts.
post #26 of 39
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Originally Posted by 997CTSurg View Post
1. Go to grocery store.
2. Buy groceries including a banana.
3. Go home.
4. Peel banana.
5. Eat said fruit.
6. Use peel to shine shoes.


Have you actually used a banana?

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sourc...ObdfyPRciF1kVA

Have you actually used a banana?
post #27 of 39
Yes, I did. I was interviewing for a cardiac surgery job and was on my second interview and noticed that my brown shoes were in dire need of a polish. I was in a smaller town and it was late at night. The practice I was interviewing with had left a fruit basket at the hotel as a welcoming gift. I ate the banana as a snack and polished my shoes with the peel. Wasn't perfect looking and I wouldn't do it again, but the shoes looked far better than before. I also made sure to polish my shoes before I went out on more interviews....was overworked and sleep deprived and didn't notice the browns were that bad off.
post #28 of 39
I always rub down my danskos with a peel before heading to the cathlab...
post #29 of 39
Thread Starter 
http://www.amazon.com/Kiwi-Select-Sh...GGI,B001N9W0WS

Should I get this?

Or get the meltonian shoe cream and horsehair brush?
post #30 of 39
Kiwi is perfectly fine.
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