I really needed to polish some of my shoes so I opened the black and brown cans only to find that both were cracked and in pieces. My son said, Hey, just bring some water to boil. Turn it off and drop the bottom part of the can on top.
So I got a little skillet and poured in a little water. Brought it to a hot simmer. Turned the fire off. Dropped the brown polish can in...then the black polish can. The brown polish immediately starting melting. The black polish did not. I'm watching them both...brown melting...black not. Brown melting. Black NOT. ???
So I picked up the lids. The black polish has silicone in it!!!
Sam decided he wanted fish for lunch so I left them. When we got back they had cooled. I had a smooth can of brown polish. And bits of cracked black. Huh.
I took the cans out. Sealed the brown polish and put the skillet back on the stove with the black polish can in it again. I took a toothpick and realized that I could poke the black pieces and they fell apart. So I did. Poke. Poke. Poke. They got soft, but did not melt. So I took a plastic spoon and smoothed them over as well as I could. When cooled, it was still lumpy, but stuck together and usable.
Husband has a pair of black dress shoes and a pair of black boots. His other leather casual shoes are more of a rough leather. He never polishes his work boots.
I have more leather dress shoes than I can count. I don't like synthetic materials if for no other reason than my feet sweat in closed shoes (as opposed to sandals and open-toe shoes).
Next time I place an order on Amazon and for just a few dollars more I can get free shipping, I've got to order some boot/shoe cream. I specifically need some red cream for my boots! And some neutral for a copper-color pair. Oh...and I don't have any navy. For now the re-worked black and brown polish will work on the black and brown shoes.
KYIS, I was just thinking that I'm not sure I would use a polish with silicone in it. Wouldn't that be a lot like what was a "big thing" back in the early 60's...putting floor wax on shoes..Klear Floor Wax...and the shoes eventually cracked from using it...good leather shoes ruined! ???????
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Beats me. It's what husband had in his kit. My black loafers are about shot anyway, but I can't find any. I need to hit a couple of 'real' shoe stores and not the shoe department in other stores. I guess no one wears loafers any more, but I like them with my Lee slacks.
I've already bought shoe/boot cream to use on my shoes.
Originally posted by ga.karen: KYIS, I was just thinking that I'm not sure I would use a polish with silicone in it. Wouldn't that be a lot like what was a "big thing" back in the early 60's...putting floor wax on shoes..Klear Floor Wax...and the shoes eventually cracked from using it...good leather shoes ruined! ???????
HUGE difference between using a Kiwi-in-a-can shoe polish and a floor wax. The Kiwi penetrates the leather and won't harm the shoes at all. The floor wax doesn't penetrate and relies on creating a layer on the surface. That layer doesn't stretch/bend so when you wear the shoes and the soft leather flexes, the wax cracks.
People in the military have been heating up cans of Kiwi for decades to "un-cake" it. You don't even need to do the water trick. If you have an electric stove you can just put the can right on the burner and use a low heat setting. You shouldn't ever try that on a gas stove though. The polish is flammable so you can set the whole can on fire.
If you want a military "spit shine", apply the polish to the shoes/boots and heat it so that it penetrates the leather faster, deeper and more evenly. I did this on my combat boots weekly when I was in and I always wore the soles out long before there was ever any issues with the leather uppers.
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