Bring Out the Shoe Polish!

GetInline-6GetInline-5GetInline-3GetInline-1GetInline-4Two years ago my friend, the very talented artist, illustrator, writer, and designer Patricia Saxton took these photos of me with my boots. I am happy to report that two years later – thanks to caring for them and protecting them against the elements – the boots are still in good shape; in part because of the Kiwi shoe polish, in part because of shoe repairs at the cobbler. But mostly, because of my Dad. As a kid I would polish my Dad’s shoes. I would line them up with newspaper and spend time in front of the television polishing them to their shiny core. The black shoes, the brown shoes, and the cordovans. It sounds rather like a Charles Dickens tale but I remember it was quite satisfying and something about it must have stuck because now I do it for my own boots. And this is the season. Just as I am tucking my open toe shoes and sandals away for winter hibernation I am also evaluating the state of my boots and shoes and seeing what needs to be prepped for the upcoming weather and months.

This tradition has not only protected my shoes and boots but has also allowed me to hold on to what I own. We all know that shoes and boots can be expensive and few of us have the resources to replace them every year. That’s where polish and care come in; you can preserve what you have and save yourself a lot of money. And unlike other wardrobe items, shoes and boots are classics that rarely go out of style. They are worth the care.

Photos by Patricia Saxton

 

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Shoe polish

GetInline-4Here is something about me: When I was growing up, I used to polish my Dad’s leather shoes. I would gather the shoes – how many, I have no idea – grab the black, brown and cordovan KIWI Shoe Polish, a few cloths, some newspaper, and polish away. I remember bringing everything to the family room where I could turn on the television for company. I didn’t get paid; it was just something I did to help my Dad. All these years later, I remember this ritual fondly: the feeling of accomplishment and purpose, the look of the shiny leather as I buffed the shoes, even the smells. And I still love to say the name – CORDOVAN! Who uses that word??!

Autumn is in full swing and it’s time for me to pull out my KIWI Shoe Polish Continue reading

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