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Do you polish your shoes?

"Only you and old men polish their shoes in Wenatchee, Kathleen," a friend said. I noticed.

Today I polished black leather footwear: boots and two pairs of shoes. It's a production. Buffing wears out my arm.

Polishing makes leather shoes and boots last longer. The result is dazzling.

With my expensive hiking boots, I clean and dry them after each hike, on a Peet shoe/boot dryer/warmer. Also waterproof hiking boots Spring and Fall, and as needed.

Last Christmas, I assembled and gave daughter Claire and Matt a shoe polishing kit. Cost: $80. I went a little overboard with waterproofing items since they live in rainy Seattle.

"Matt does all of the polishing: my boots and his," Claire admitted.

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57 comments

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I stopped polishing shoes when I got out of the military.

Paracosm Level 7 Nov 17, 2018
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I give my croccs the odd wipe if that counts? smile001.gif

ipdg77 Level 8 Nov 18, 2018
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I did it for a year at military academy, hours everyday. When I was working I would polish once or twice a year. Now I basically wear sneakers all the time, so no need! 😊

Barnie2years Level 7 Nov 17, 2018
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I have a couple pairs of dress shoes that are almost thirty years old, and the leather is as supple and good looking as new because they're kept polished and on shoe trees.

Pete01938 Level 5 Nov 18, 2018
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I don't but I still have my late Dad's shoebox. Shining his shoes for the week was a ritual he followed every Sunday night when he taught school.

SonofMax Level 7 Nov 18, 2018
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Actually, I have a person that follows me everywhere and polishes my shoes every ten minutes or whenever they get unsuitable. There is another guy that makes sure my shoes are tied. It looks a little strange when I walk down the street with one on each side, watching my shoes.

Bendog Level 7 Nov 18, 2018
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@Bendog

Love your sense of humor!

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I buffed my combat boots every month or so with black Kiwi Polish. The rest of the time they got a brush shine.
It was such an annoyance. I might have stayed in the military longer if there wasn't so much emphasis on bullshit like that. Now I hear the army doesn't issue boots that require polish.
I wonder if the stock in Kiwi tanked?

F-IM-Forty Level 5 Nov 18, 2018
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i wear vinyl sandals outdoors in all seasons. they neither need nor could tolerate polishing. indoors i go barefoot. i do not polish my feet, not even my toenails.

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genessa Level 8 Nov 18, 2018
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If I could wear sandals every day to work, I would. 30% of the year I have to walk through snow.

@F-IM-Forty me too. i do it in sandals.

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I might use a leather conditioner on my work boots but I don't polish anything nor do I iron clothes or sort laundry. Life's too short to waste on fashion. But I will take care of work boots!

potteryguy2018 Level 6 Nov 17, 2018
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Yes I do. It brightens them up and helps to extend the life of a good leather shoe.

patchoullijulie Level 8 Nov 17, 2018
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Yes, my shoes and my leather bags. I spend way too much money on both, so it makes good sense to me!

Anniemae Level 8 Nov 17, 2018
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I've no adult footgear. Sent it all to Goodwill upon retirement.

bigpawbullets Level 8 Nov 17, 2018
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@bigpawbullets

So, do you just slop around in tennis shoes? I only use tennis shoes for running and weightlifting.

@LiterateHiker
Crocs, hiking boots which are now like suped up sneakers, and swim fins.... that's it!
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I retired from the army in 1994. So that's 24 years since I last polished a shoe. Or boot.

John_Tyrrell Level 6 Nov 17, 2018
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Also 24 years since I wore a tie.

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Never

48thRonin Level 7 Nov 25, 2018
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Good for you buddy, taking care of your stuff! Just ignore the haters

inthecloset Level 5 Nov 20, 2018
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I don't think I have shoes that need polish. I have a full length hooded leather coat that gets cleaned and oiled at the end of every winter.

sewchick57 Level 7 Nov 20, 2018
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Yes I do on a daily basis

ericg Level 3 Nov 18, 2018
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I conditioned and shined this pair of boots I got in January, as with all leather boots. They are absolutely tattered I don't even know wher e to begin it's never happened before they should have lasted for years

donnjb Level 4 Nov 18, 2018
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Yes...I take care very good care of my shoes...I have boots that have lasted for years...I also polish and take care of my leather bags...it makes sense that if you spend money on stuff that you care for it...I especially do this when I am storing my shoes or if I wear them often....I have a few pairs, so sometimes this can take a while.

thinktwice Level 8 Nov 18, 2018
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Only if is for a special location. But not kn the daily basis

RaulPerez Level 7 Nov 18, 2018
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Yes I do, but not as often as I should! I have the shoe shine kit from basic training that I acquired in 1986! It is still in perfectly serviceable condition!

Stilltrying1964 Level 5 Nov 18, 2018
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The leather ones and my boots, yes. It protects and waterproofs the leather.

Marionville Level 8 Nov 18, 2018
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You never get a second chance to make a first impression. My dad, and many other older generation males whom I respect, was known for this trait, along with respectful memories he exhibited. I, proudly, continue this tradition.

tellyrus Level 5 Nov 18, 2018
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Many will think it's old fashioned, but I do a lot of old fashioned things like correcting peoples spelling and grammar text mistakes, writing letters with a fountain pen. Most appreciate it, particularly younger generations. Posting parcels to kids (books, satin ribbons to a mate's daughter) if for no other reason than for them to know that not everything is electronically generated.

@tellyrus I still love writing with a good fountain pen....

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All aboard will know it is mandatory for uniformed people, army, navy, airforce, police etc. I believe there is a very good reason to follow trend.

tellyrus Level 5 Nov 18, 2018
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You never get a second chance to make a first impression. My dad, and many other older generation males whom I respect, was known for this trait, along with respectful memories he exhibited. I, proudly, continue this tradition.

tellyrus Level 5 Nov 18, 2018
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