Bull polishing black oxford work shoes

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  1. BareSolid

    BareSolid Senior member

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    I just did this.

    Am I going to look like a tit? I mean to me the mirror-shined toecaps look is cool but some people might think otherwise.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I wouldn't lose sleep over it. As long as you are wearing the shoes in accordance to the Company's dress code, what you do with them should be up to you, no? Plus, it will probably still look better than most people scuffed corrected grain.
     
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    I do it occasionally, though usually stop just short of a full mirror shine (I'm lazy). People notice it and if they just know you from a distance/face-rather-than-name will remember you as well-dressed one with the well-shined shoes. Haven't had a negative comment and more than a few positive ones, though who knows what they say behind my back. If it goes with your overall style, it works. Proof of the pudding will be in the eating; so see how many friends and colleagues try to stamp on your shoes on Monday morning. [​IMG]
     
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    That was what I was thinking. Are they going to dry out though?
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     

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