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Does anyone polish their shoes any more?

Asked by janbb (51584points) August 13th, 2014

Sparked by a novel set I the 19th century. Of course, I remember doing it and my Ex also polishing in the past, but I don’t usually wear leather shoes often now. How about you?

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SecondHandStoke's avatar


Polish contains waxy oils that preserves leather’s softness. This is vital to the prevention of cracks.

It also weatherproofs leather. This helps prevent contamination, especially by salt.

majorrich's avatar

My dress shoes always get a fresh shine after I wear them. They have outlasted many other shoes that I don’t polish.

dxs's avatar

No. The only dress shoes I have are more function-able then they are fashionable.
In fact, I took a pic of them the other day. Here they are in their unpolished glory. I don’t have a white-collar job or anything.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I do it before every presentation. I like the look and aroma of Kiwi shoe polish.

ucme's avatar

We leave all that business to our butler, fine chap is good old Carstairs.

JLeslie's avatar

My husband does it for both of us. When we lived more north he also polished my boots at the beginning of the winter.

Kardamom's avatar

I’m pretty sure they do on Doc Martin and Murdoch Mysteries. I never knew I had a wee bit of a man’s dress shoe fetish until I started watching those shoes, uh I mean shows. Oh, and Downton Abbey too, but Martin Clunes shoes are by far the best : P

Nice Shoes : )

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

I don’t do it before every wear but if they’re looking a bit dull I’ll give them a quick rub over and my husband gives my shoes a good polish if I ask him too. He does his regularly. I try to only buy leather shoes and I want them to last and look nice.

dappled_leaves's avatar

Every major airport has a shoe shine booth… I suppose they would re-purpose that space if no one ever used it.

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