Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
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Kiwi boot polish is just that...boot POLISH. It is what guys and girls in the military (and air/sea/army cadets) use on their boots to shine them up and make them parade ready. Boot polish is not really intended to condition the leather, but just give them a shine,a bit of waterproofing, and help restore the appearance of the leather. I repeat, it is NOT a leather conditioner.
On my tall boots, I use the same stuff that gets used on my tack...a cleaner and conditioner in one. Personally, I probably wouldn't use boot polish on my boots, as I would worry about not being able to condition them properly with the polish on them.
(And for those of you who are about to use it...spit works much better then water--for helping to smear the polish...over the boot with the yellow cloth. Breathing on the boot also helps warm the polish up, making it easier to rub in. Also, always polish in the same motion. If you go clockwise, always go clockwise, or you start to take polish off, instead of put on. The more layers, the easier it will be to get the shine in them later down the road. If you get a scuff in your boot, you will be better of smudging a bit of polish over the "injured area" and using a boot brush, go back and forth over it quickly to heat it up. This will fill in the gap, but might need to be done a few times. Once the area is the same level as the rest of the boot, commence polishing as usual.)
Also if you are going to use polish, make sure that your boots have absolutely no dirt on them before you start to polish. Otherwise you are just going to get swipe marks all over your boots, and that's just ugly.
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. --Epictetus
Last edited by VelvetsAB; 06-27-2011 at 07:38 PM.