Doesnt anybody polish their shoes anymore?

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    Jul 18, 2009 2:29 AM GMT
    After nearly 3 years of being confined to this house, I am going to be going back to work in an office. And I discovered that the lid hadnt been securely put back on my can of black polish and it had dried out. So I went to buy polish....the grocery store didnt have any ... ok, they always used to carry polish, but fine....I went over to the drug store and they didnt have any cans of polish. They have "travel" kits with 2 cans and a brush in a plastic carrying case....for $13! ...WTF? Doesnt anybody polish their shoes for work anymore? ... icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 18, 2009 2:40 AM GMT
    I think the style for business shoes has changed. I see a lot of shoes that don't really require polishing.

    Also depends on the industry. I come from an industry where sneakers and flip flops are the norm. icon_wink.gif

    It's been almost 10 years since I've had to use shoe polish. I don't miss it all. icon_lol.gif

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    Jul 18, 2009 2:46 AM GMT
    yeah the fashion parade all like to think polished shoes are out..

    they don't understand how stupid they look though..

    anyway, high gloss shoes aren't seen much anymore, a more matte finish is the requirement of the day, the shoes still need polishing, I don't care if the shoes are soft leather, I don't wanna see the shitty scuff marks dragging down the suit you soooooooooooooo had to wear to be "in"

    and unless you have an amazing tie that can work it's self all on it's lonesome.. stay away from white business shirts and that horrible horrible baby blue too, nothing says minion with no imagination then a man wearing a bland tie, white shirt, cheap silver watch and bad shoes.. the suit doesn't need to be ultra classy when you keep everything working.

    Sorry shoes.. yes you still need to polish black shoes, you just want a matte finish now, shoe repair places generally have the best stuff
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    Jul 18, 2009 3:02 AM GMT
    My shoes are always polished. Retired over 15 years, I often don't wear leather shoes, but when I do they are polished. And my patent pumps for formal occasions are immaculate. Do men no longer wear polished shoes? I wasn't aware of this. Even my neighborhood supermarket carries shoe polish. Is this perhaps something unique to where you live?
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    Jul 18, 2009 3:09 AM GMT
    Cas, I always polish or wipe my dress shoes before going into the office each morning.. unless I'm dressed down in jeans & polo.. which right now is about half the time.

    I bet even Pollyanna wiped her shoes, Cas... LOL
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    Jul 18, 2009 7:22 AM GMT
    Don't you have this Italian-made sponge that does not need wax? Which reminds me to buy one! It's like ion-charged or something? It absorbs the dust and shines it at the same time. But then again, I'd rather run my shoe under the tap since I live in the dustbin... the ghetto side, even!

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    Jul 18, 2009 7:55 AM GMT
    ZiMsTeR saidDon't you have this Italian-made sponge that does not need wax?

    There was something on the shelf that claims to give an instant shine. I didnt investigate it very far cuz usually those are some sort of chemical that isnt good for leather. I am old and I dont trust nuthin' but plain, ol' wax....or whatever shoe polish is made of ... icon_lol.gif ... I have fond memories of being told to go polish my shoes for church with that stuff and, by cracky, if it was good enough half a century ago, it is good enough today!
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    Jul 18, 2009 7:58 AM GMT
    YES! When I do dress up in a suit, I do polish my shoes!

    I have one of them sponges, though. I don't wanna use the black waxy stuff...sponges work for me icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 18, 2009 8:05 AM GMT
    I still polish my dress shoes. Usually get it at Rite-Aid, Wal-Greens, CVS or Walmart. I also use a bleach based gel on my tennis shoes (I only wear white or a majority white leather color base).
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    Jul 18, 2009 8:35 AM GMT
    The sticky polish is hard to find... more surface polishes are easier... but i don't think they do as great a job.

    And no... most people don't polish their shoes. I was very disturbed at how many people had scuffed shoes last time I was in NYC... they should know better!
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    Jul 18, 2009 8:39 AM GMT
    I just polished my bostonian cap shoes. They were getting all scuffed up from accidently kicking my desk ><. I've always been a fan of shiny shoes. Not crazy shiny, but sort of shiny.
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    Jul 18, 2009 8:43 AM GMT
    I always hated polishing my shoes and nowadays go out of my way to buy shoes that just need to be cleaned with a shoe brush and/or that shoe bubble soap. I guess my mom and brother in law lost that battle with me!

    Snickers are solely for the gym or a walk. In the very rare event I need leather shoes I do polish them because they do really look awful if not, but I never grab the shoe polish with a smile on my face.
  • SFGeoNinja

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    Jul 18, 2009 9:03 AM GMT
    Generally about once every two weeks in order to keep the shoes looking their freshest! Really extends the life of the shoe so you can get more bang for your buck that way
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    Jul 18, 2009 12:13 PM GMT
    Just as we lawyers will be the very last demographic to give up suits and ties, we're still polishing our wingtips.
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    Jul 18, 2009 12:55 PM GMT
    I have several pair of leather shoes & I always have an immaculate shine to them, in fact anythign I have that can be shined or polished is.
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    Jul 18, 2009 3:21 PM GMT
    Try spit
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    Jul 18, 2009 3:34 PM GMT
    There used to be an old man that was down town where I work that would polish your shoes. But haven't seen him in about a month. Now when the shoes get bad, I donate them to this program that gives business clothes to the poor unemployed for interviewing. Seems like a great charity. If it helps someone look their best at an interview, that's great! icon_wink.gif
    PLUS IT IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH ANY CHURCH OR RELIGION BULLSHIT.
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    Jul 18, 2009 7:17 PM GMT
    Those instant shine sponges suck. They're fine for a quick touch up, but should not be used as a substitute for an actual shoe shine.