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Old 04-26-2016, 02:36 PM   #21
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Shined my own as a kid and young adult. Later in my career I usually had them done in an airport while traveling.

Since ER only wear sneakers, sandals and slippers other than funerals and weddings and my dress shoes are looking good so no need.
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Old 04-26-2016, 03:12 PM   #22
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Still shining my own. Last time was...yesterday. Taught my 23 year old son how to do it a few weeks ago.
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Old 04-26-2016, 03:14 PM   #23
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I have several pair of cowboy boots. I keep them well shined and feel like a heel when they are not in good shapel
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Old 04-26-2016, 03:49 PM   #24
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I go in the oilfield on occasion. I have a pair of work boots with steel toes that are 30 years old (and look it). I have not shined them or put on any water repellent since new. DW has tried (unsuccessfully) to throw them out, but they got stopped at the door, so to say.

Those boots are a symbol and I'd feel like a newbie if I showed up at a well site with spit polished work boots. I would have no credibility either.

I had a pair of Johnson & Murphy wingtips for years that received new soles and heels a few times. I polished them frequently.
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I shine up my work shoes 2-3 times/year. Never paid to have it done. I don't get obsessed over it, but do think a quick shine is lot better than buying new.

My working around the house and garage boots I treat the leather to keep them waterproofed mainly,but it should keep the leather softer as well.
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Old 04-26-2016, 04:05 PM   #26
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I have literally, never in my life, shined my shoes.

In my entire professional life I only wore shoes that even could have been shined perhaps 50 times over 30 years. Add in a few miscellaneous weddings and funerals and that has been my entire experience with dress shoes.
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Old 04-26-2016, 04:10 PM   #27
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Have you polished your shoes?

I spent eight years in the military. Next question.
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Old 04-26-2016, 04:12 PM   #28
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I haven't shined a shoe in at least 50 years.
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Thanks for the reminder.
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I have a shine kit. Tennis shoes, shoe of choice, 85% of the time, so no need. I have a couple of leather shoes 1% use and they get shined. Oh, and the cow boy boots are spit shined. Just because it is a throw back to the military where boots are spit shined. Not so much anymore with the rough leather boots.
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I enjoy polishing my shoes and always have. It is mindless relaxation, and a nice spit shine always makes me happy. When I was in the Navy, I eschewed the Corframs, because they make your feet sweat and are irrecoverable once scratched. Instead, I shined my leather shoes every day.
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Old 04-26-2016, 06:07 PM   #32
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The several references to shining military boots, reminded me of two hours spent back in 1957 when, as ROTC Cadets, we received our officer uniforms which included a pair of new combat boots... color Brown... It was the changeover from brown uniforms to green. The government still had hundreds of thousands of pairs of new boots, which were colored brown, so, we were issued cans of black dye to make the change. No matter how hard we tried, it was impossible to get the proverbial spit shine, so there were shortcuts to hours of rubbing in new wax to be acceptable to the OIC. Black gloss paint worked for about an hour, 'til your "buddy" scratched his name in the toe. The best answer was hair spray for a quickie "inspection" shine.

I think that qualifies me as being one of the last members of the old "brown shoe army".

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I can smell that Kiwi polish like it was yesterday. I always wondered about that funny looking bird on the tin can and whether it was real?
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Yep, for work I have a variety of leather shoes and boots that I wear and I polish them a couple times a month. My husband wears leather shoes too and polishes them weekly.
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Old 04-26-2016, 07:28 PM   #35
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I had my shoes shined exactly once. In Las Vegas once, the men's room attendant offered. Since I was on vacation I decided to treat myself to this perk.
Nowadays shoe polishing has been relegated to the same category as tie-wearing.
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I don't wear shoes that need shining.

OTOH, I had a shoelace break so I went by a shoe store to get a replacement. The clerk looked at me funny and told me, "oh no, we don't carry THOSE! You'll have to go to a shoe repair store, and I don't know where any of those are any more." Later I picked up some laces at Wally World.
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Lots of shining in the Air Force days. On occasion I would splurge on the guy who hung outside the military hotel in Incirlik, Turkey. For about $5, you would get a shine that would last a month. Oh and the chicken tava...mmm, I did enjoy Turkey!

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Have you polished your shoes?

No I only wear sandals and flip flops. California culture.

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Old 04-26-2016, 10:45 PM   #40
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Shined up a couple pair of golf shoes a few days back. I also shine my dress shoes every now and then, but they do not get the level of use like they used to.
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