Comments on: Living Well: 8 Secrets to Perfectly Polished Shoes http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/living-well-8-secrets-to-perfectly-polished-shoes/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:13:22 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Cris http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/living-well-8-secrets-to-perfectly-polished-shoes/comment-page-1/#comment-954217 Cris Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:46:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20804#comment-954217 OMG, when I was young, in my school years really, I remember being the one to wax, polish, etc everybody’s shoes every saturday. I followed the same steps with the same materials. I liked it. I think I haven’t done it since then. I just dust them once in a blue moon, but my more than 200 pairs look good enough. After reading this article I felt like doing it again, it’s like the new wave of shaving with brush, blade and soap.

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By: Linda http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/living-well-8-secrets-to-perfectly-polished-shoes/comment-page-1/#comment-857097 Linda Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:39:00 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20804#comment-857097 Would love to know the best type of fabric for shining shoes. Diaper? Flannel? Chamois?

I want to make some and dont know what type of fabric is best.

Thank you to any suggestions
Lindam

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By: Meaghan http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/living-well-8-secrets-to-perfectly-polished-shoes/comment-page-1/#comment-697825 Meaghan Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:30:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20804#comment-697825 Cuuuute mary janes, what brand are they?

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By: Lindsay http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/living-well-8-secrets-to-perfectly-polished-shoes/comment-page-1/#comment-538469 Lindsay Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:51:32 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20804#comment-538469 I know this post is over a year old, but I must know who makes those women’s Mary Janes. They are perfect.

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By: Felipe http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/living-well-8-secrets-to-perfectly-polished-shoes/comment-page-1/#comment-504172 Felipe Mon, 17 Jun 2013 06:53:04 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20804#comment-504172 It’s nice to have here, I’m curious where can I find school to learn clean shoes so I can work at airports to clean shoes, does this require diploma ? Let me know please

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By: Lina @ Keeping Creativity Alive http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/living-well-8-secrets-to-perfectly-polished-shoes/comment-page-1/#comment-460329 Lina @ Keeping Creativity Alive Tue, 07 May 2013 19:38:56 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20804#comment-460329 My daughter does shoe polishing at her Montessori school. I keep thinking I need to set up a shoe polishing station at home! Kids seem to love it!

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By: Tim http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/living-well-8-secrets-to-perfectly-polished-shoes/comment-page-1/#comment-453508 Tim Mon, 08 Apr 2013 15:50:15 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20804#comment-453508 I would avoid using polish on the edging as described. I would strong suggest using a product referred to as “edge dressing, ink, dye or kote”. (avoiding name brands – and while their is overlap of use there remains a couple key differences between the products

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By: Maxine Chambers http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/living-well-8-secrets-to-perfectly-polished-shoes/comment-page-1/#comment-425418 Maxine Chambers Fri, 28 Dec 2012 17:54:52 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20804#comment-425418 Thanks for all the tips. Just wondering if Ben Blair’s research has been peer reviewed? ;)

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By: Mrs. Handyverger http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/living-well-8-secrets-to-perfectly-polished-shoes/comment-page-1/#comment-393533 Mrs. Handyverger Mon, 01 Oct 2012 20:51:47 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20804#comment-393533 I have to admit, I’ve never polished my shoes before – and I think I may start! As a nurse, I try to buy decent quality leather shoes, but it hadn’t occurred to me that upkeep can help keep my “investment” in good shape for much longer. Silly, but there you have it! Not something that was emphasized when I was growing up, obviously. ;) Thanks so much for sharing this. :)

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By: Bri (like the cheese) http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/living-well-8-secrets-to-perfectly-polished-shoes/comment-page-1/#comment-368282 Bri (like the cheese) Tue, 10 Jul 2012 15:04:56 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20804#comment-368282 I love this post. It reminds me of watching my father’s near-weekly routine of polishing and shining his shoes for work, then his teaching me how to do it, and finally when I had been deemed capable of unsupervised polishing by my incredibly meticulous father! I loved watching the transformation of these old, worn shoes into shiny new kicks. Instant gratification at its best!
I don’t know if it was the way he was raised, watching his father do the same, or if it was a hold over from his military service, but my dad’s shoes were always perfectly polished. And the pictures you posted here were like a flashback, from the newspaper to the tins of cream and the bristly brushes. I can almost smell it…

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By: DeeAnna http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/living-well-8-secrets-to-perfectly-polished-shoes/comment-page-1/#comment-366942 DeeAnna Thu, 05 Jul 2012 16:30:53 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20804#comment-366942 I have been looking for this FOREVER! I asked for a shoe shine kit this year for Hanukkah and my husband couldn’t find one anywhere. My dad shined his own shoes every Sunday morning before church, and I loved to watch the entire procedure.

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By: PatriciaF http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/living-well-8-secrets-to-perfectly-polished-shoes/comment-page-1/#comment-366839 PatriciaF Tue, 03 Jul 2012 07:04:53 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20804#comment-366839 Ha. This takes me back to shining my shoes before church on a Sunday morning when I was small – our shoeshine box was inherited from my grandparents and full of old brushes and the like..including a small velvet ‘pillow’ for buffing up.
Which all makes me sound ancient (when in fact im only 29!)
Lovely, evocative post.

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By: Victoria http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/living-well-8-secrets-to-perfectly-polished-shoes/comment-page-1/#comment-366838 Victoria Tue, 03 Jul 2012 06:20:00 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20804#comment-366838 A good shoe shine is so important! I learned how to do it when I was 14, when my mother (of the “use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without” school of New England/Mormon thrift) bought me all-leather shoes that were meant to last. I loved polishing my shoes! They lasted through my freshman year of college from good care, which is also therapeutic and deeply satisfying. When I worked in the costume shop of our university theatre, my boss was seriously impressed by the level of shine I could create in a shoe, and shoe maintenance became my exclusive job (if it meant I didn’t have to rip out tiny stitches, I was all for it!). But really: a well-shined pair of shoes can make all the difference. Just remember: if you get your shoes wet, stuff them with newspaper and let them air dry AWAY from any heat sources! They can crack and warp the leather. Happy Shining!

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By: Ashley Porter http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/living-well-8-secrets-to-perfectly-polished-shoes/comment-page-1/#comment-366836 Ashley Porter Tue, 03 Jul 2012 02:44:30 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20804#comment-366836 Great post. I was beginning to think my dad was one of the last men on Earth that shines his own shoes. It’s true, when cared for properly some shoes will last forever. My dad has some Allen Edmunds that are almost 30 years old.

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By: Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/living-well-8-secrets-to-perfectly-polished-shoes/comment-page-1/#comment-366830 Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:32:55 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20804#comment-366830 A great tip, Craig. You are absolutely right. Thanks for adding that in.

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By: Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/living-well-8-secrets-to-perfectly-polished-shoes/comment-page-1/#comment-366829 Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:31:55 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20804#comment-366829 That is so true! I forgot to mention that. My husband does have a pair of beloved shoes that had to be resoled.

What a great gift! I’ll have to remember that.

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By: Jimmy http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/living-well-8-secrets-to-perfectly-polished-shoes/comment-page-1/#comment-366828 Jimmy Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:20:18 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20804#comment-366828 I find giving my shoes a good shine to be almost therapeutic. This is a great list. I’d add that, in hoping to make a pair of nice shoes last “forever” you might need to find a cobbler, because even if the shoe leather looks good as new the soles will eventually give out.

Also, my absolute favorite college graduation gift to give is a shoe shine kit – the brushes, waxes, etc, all in a nice wooden box for the grad-to-be.

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By: Craig http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/living-well-8-secrets-to-perfectly-polished-shoes/comment-page-1/#comment-366811 Craig Mon, 02 Jul 2012 19:34:40 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20804#comment-366811 My regular shiner reminds me to always polish a new shoes. You never know how long they’ve been sitting while being shipped or warehoused. The leather could look new, but the shoes are often times dry and susceptible to cracking. Polishing early allows for a more natural, hydrated break-in period.

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By: teresa http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/living-well-8-secrets-to-perfectly-polished-shoes/comment-page-1/#comment-366798 teresa Mon, 02 Jul 2012 17:18:51 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20804#comment-366798 How fun…I think I will be buying me a shoe polishing kit…..and thinking it may be fun to have a mini class on this at our next family reunion.
Thanks for sharing this “lost art”
Happy Day

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By: Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) http://www.designmom.com/2012/07/living-well-8-secrets-to-perfectly-polished-shoes/comment-page-1/#comment-366797 Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) Mon, 02 Jul 2012 16:48:22 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=20804#comment-366797 What kinds are you looking for? Oxford types or pumps? I do have some that I admire, but haven’t bought yet.

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