Do you use water when shining shoes?

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  1. furo

    furo Senior member

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    Does anyone use a little bit of water when shining their shoes? From my days in the military, I'd always keep a drop or two of water in my Kiwi shoe polish tin, and would dip my cotton cloth in water a couple times to add shine during the shine. I did that for my leather boots and my low quarter dress shoes....

    Is this practice safe for Allen Edmonds shoes (calfskin)? And do you do this often?

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  4. Wes Bourne

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    I do it on toes only, sometimes on quarters as well. And say what you want about AE, but they do take a good shine.
     


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    Wait, you smell that?
    I use champagne.

    Small timer.
     


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    It's safe, but I don't like my calfskin shoes too shiny.
    On the other hand, I find the bubbles in champagne act as an abrasive. I prefer a good white Burgundy.
     


  7. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Lifestyle change - no homo

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    I'm a big-timer, I use unicorn tears.
     


  8. RCG Tiburon

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    From my days in the military, I'd always keep a drop or two of water in my Kiwi shoe polish tin, and would dip my cotton cloth in water a couple times to add shine during the shine. I did that for my leather boots and my low quarter dress shoes....

    +1. Except substitute "CAP" for "military"

    I'm a big-timer, I use unicorn tears.

    I believe the proper terminology is "large-timer."
     


  9. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    I have used a bit of water on occasion, but not regularly.
     


  10. whiteslashasian

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    I do it on toes only, sometimes on quarters as well. And say what you want about AE, but they do take a good shine.
    +1 I use a tiny bit of water on the toes and quarters and shine using an old silk tie. I don't like a mirror finish, I buff until the desired area is slightly glossier than the rest.
     


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    If you do want a good glacage , put some lukewarm water in a recipient and mix with the cream/polish and then apply on the shoe while doing rotating movements...
    The hot water will open the pores of the leather and enable it to shine..
     


  12. litho

    litho Senior member

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    I only ever use water on shoes to get rid of a tiny bit of mud or something, it's always been in my head that it's not good to use water on shoes
     


  13. lasbar

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    It is good if you want to get a shiny effect or glacage..
    That's a technique used by a lot of cobblers...
     


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    taxgenius Senior member

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    I'm a big-timer, I use unicorn tears.

    I only use the first drop of the unicorn tears.
     


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    I use a spray bottle and mist while polishing. Increases the shine.
     


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