1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

What shoe polish?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Jonny69, 20 Jun 2011.

  1. benjii

    Mobster

    Joined: 26 Apr 2013

    Posts: 4,453

    Location: Plymouth

    Parade gloss is bad for shoes, the parafin or whatever that's in it dries out leather. The best shoe polish, in my opinion, is just standard Kiwi polish. You can get it just as shiny as parade gloss, if that's what you're going for, or you can just do the two brush method for a simple polish.
     
  2. Cosimo

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 9 Jan 2007

    Posts: 163,810

    Location: Londinium

    I've always used Kiwi or just a little spit.
     
  3. Bar

    Mobster

    Joined: 9 Apr 2004

    Posts: 2,586

  4. inogen

    Soldato

    Joined: 19 Jul 2009

    Posts: 6,212

    Woly is excellent. It's a lot more liquid than normal polish and soaks in when leather is need of a little feeding.
     
  5. Richie

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,790

    Location: 7th Level of Hell...

    ^^^ this ^^^

    Parade Gloss is fine to get a mirror finish and applied when the shoe has a build up of normal Kiwi Polish to stop it drying the leather out.
     
  6. planty

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 Nov 2013

    Posts: 1,657

    Kiwi polish - a cloth to apply and brush to rub off.
     
  7. Jonny69

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 3 May 2004

    Posts: 17,674

    Location: Kapitalist Republik of Surrey

    Woah, what a thread bump :p

    I've got some Barkers like those, UberTiger. They do like to soak up the polish. I started popping tins open in shops to see what it was like and got some in John Lewis which is much softer than normal shoe polish. You can really work it into that sort of leather and control the colour. Good pair of shoes those - I got mine re-soled by Barker and they did an immaculate job. Well worth doing when you wear them out.
     
  8. dowie

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: 29 Jan 2008

    Posts: 54,116

    yup parade gloss is fine - you can mix in a few layers of brown polish amongst the layers of black too...
     
  9. TubbyGreg

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Jun 2015

    Posts: 300

    Location: Bedfordshire

    I've heard good things about Saphir but I've never used it. Any ideas?
     
  10. FBi7

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 Jun 2009

    Posts: 1,173

    Location: Central Scotland

    Holy (2nd!) thread necro, Batman!

    I'm ex-military, but still bull my boots for work these days. Standard Kiwi is the best imo, parade gloss not so much and cherry blossom will take whatever good you've achieved and dispose of it for you.
     
    Last edited: 19 Nov 2021
  11. dave28

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Jun 2013

    Posts: 1,619

    Its the best you can get, all the high end cobblers use it.

    i have 6 bottles of it
     
  12. Fluffybob

    Hitman

    Joined: 3 Aug 2011

    Posts: 747

    Location: Lancashire

    Another for Kiwi with two brushes here ;)
     
  13. ODuffer

    Gangster

    Joined: 28 Jan 2021

    Posts: 191

    Location: UK

  14. ttaskmaster

    Capodecina

    Joined: 11 Sep 2013

    Posts: 11,412

    Kiwi with a soft, lint-free cloth.
    Most dusters are cheap crap with loose threads, and brushes will only scratch the shine.
     
  15. bainbridge

    Mobster

    Joined: 9 Dec 2009

    Posts: 4,491

    Location: Bristol

    I wonder how OP's shoes are faring now 10 years later?
     
  16. uber soldat

    Mobster

    Joined: 19 Oct 2007

    Posts: 3,323

    Location: Delete *.*

    I hear he burned them with fire, then nuked them from orbit, all whilst doing a boxing stance.
     
  17. bainbridge

    Mobster

    Joined: 9 Dec 2009

    Posts: 4,491

    Location: Bristol

    :) The boxing stance thread still makes me laugh when I think about it. I seem to remember it being around Christmas time because I was at a family gathering and people kept asking why I was laughing so much.
     
  18. ttaskmaster

    Capodecina

    Joined: 11 Sep 2013

    Posts: 11,412

    Is the actual thread still around?
     
  19. bainbridge

    Mobster

    Joined: 9 Dec 2009

    Posts: 4,491

    Location: Bristol

    Probably but a search just brings up lots of people quoting it.
     
  20. Meridian

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 12,100

    Location: Vvardenfell


    Fifty years of doing this, and I agree. Does Cherry Blossom still exist? Because that was a good second place. Pro tip: if the polish starts to crack in the tin as it dries out, put the lidless tin in shallow boiling water until the polish melts, then let it cool and set. Don't get water in the polish though, beyond a drop or two. And spit does work with polish, but only on hardened toe-caps.