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I have to admit, possibly due to lack of any military training, that I find shining my shoes to be a chore, therefore the thought of using a brush and polish fills me with dread. I think the Kiwi shoe scuff cover was created for lazy people like me who simply wanted a simpler, more convenient solution to keeping your shoes clean.
Rather than relying on hard grafting and spit and polish, this simply requires you to shake the kiwi shoe scuff cover bottle vigorously and them wipe the brush over your shoes to release some polish which you then wipe over the shoes to hide any scuffs.
The bottle is 75ml and is small and easy to carry in a bag if required, it can be used anywhere and is particularly useful prior to important professional or personal engagements, it provides a waterproof protection and sheen to shoes and helps maintain them to the standard they were originally at.
The bottle is a convenient size and is easy to keep in a small cupboard with cleaning items. It is available in black, brown or white and mine cost me £3.50 for 75ml from our local shoe repair shop. My only real criticism with the product would be that after shaking and applying the polish it can leak over the floor, therefore if you do it on the carpet absent-mindedly like I have on occasions or at work prior to important meetings, you are liable to permanently damage the flooring around you.
I generally hold the shoes over newspaper when polishing them, but have on occasion used this product whilst wearing the shoes due to time restraints, I really don't recommend this and suggest you take your time and take care over this. This product will help maintain your shoes and add life to them, so it does pay for itself fairly quickly particularly in households with lots of leather shoes, like mine.
The product is available at selected supermarkets and also on Amazon and is excellent, providing an easy shine, with minimal effort or cost.
At work I tend to high heels but if I have an occasion where I know I will be standing all day, such as running presentations at meetings, then I will wear some smart flat black leather shoes. I tend to walk to work in those as they are comfortable all day and because I take a short cut to work I can sometimes get mud on them or scuff them when taking this short cut. The last time that I caught my shoe I really did a number on it and I felt that the scuff was really quite noticeable. When speaking to someone at my work about it they recommended this scuff cover from Kiwi. I promptly nipped to Asda (making sure not to scuff them any more!) and picked some of this up for £2.
This scuff cover is designed for use on leather shoes making it ideal for me. There were a couple of different colours available and of course I chose the black as this is what I needed at the time. I think I would be sceptical about how other colours would work as it can be difficult to match say cream shoes with the exact same shade of cream.
To use this scuff cover is actually very simple. Just remove the cap, turn the bottle upside down, squeeze it gently and then it will release the liquid and the sponge adaptor on the end enables you to wipe this around your shoe and over the scuff. There is a little movement needed to ensure that everything was moved around and then I had to leave my shoes to dry for 10 minutes which was a little annoying but was necessary to ensure that I didn't spread this all over the carpets at work! After 10 minutes I then wiped my shoes over with a polishing cloth that I already had at work for shoes and none of the liquid was transferred which is always good. Despite having to wait 10 minutes this was quite quick and simple to use and certainly more economical than buying a new pair of shoes! My shoes were left shiny after using this and polishing with a cloth so that was a bonus too.
After I used this I felt that my shoes looked much better and the liquid definitely did cover up the scratches. With the addition of the polishing cloth I felt that my shoes looked far improved from earlier that day and I didn't feel self conscious standing up running my presentation.
I have since used this several times and I have found it has lasted very well. I have also allowed other people at work to use this before meetings or when they want to smarten up their shoes and so I feel that the £2 paid was an absolute bargain. The sponge has dried a little in places a couple of times but I simply ran it under hot running water and then left it to dry before using again. It took quite a lot of hot water for some of the scuff liquid to be removed and it didn't do a perfect job on the sponge but it enabled us to keep using this right until the liquid runs out.
I have only got this on myself on one occasion and fortunately it was on the bottom of my black suit trousers. This was not really a problem and it did come out in the wash that evening on a cool wash so I'm quite pleased with this product overall. I am going to rate this 4 out of 5 stars as I would like to see a sponge that can be removed from the rest of the bottle as it can be quite messy running the whole thing under hot water but then for £2 I didn't even expect this product to work this well!
Since my daughter started using shoes I have been using Kiwi Scuff Cover. She's pretty hard on her feet and she has a habit of knocking seven bells out of her shoes and making them look old and tatty well before their time. It's for this reason that I use Kiwi Scuff Cover as it does a fantastic job of prolonging the life of her shoes as well as making them look a lot better than they would without it.
It's so simple and easy to use and very widely available. A bottle lasts me for ages though so I hardly ever have to buy any even though I use it most Sunday nights before school on Monday morning. The bottle is easily recognizable and last time I bought a bottle of this it was from Tesco's. A bottle costs £2 or thereabouts, though I have seen it slightly cheaper in Home Bargains. The bottle contains 2.5oz of cleaner and it comes with a smaller foam pad at one end for ease of application.
It's easy to use by simple tipping the flexible plastic bottle on it's end, gently pressing the bottle and this ensured the coloured cleaner inside comes out fluidly and then can be directly applied to any scuffed or marked areas of your shoes.
This Kiwi Scuff Cover comes in a choice of different colours, depending upon which colour your shoes are. I have only ever used black ad navy, and I'd suspect that these are possibly the most popular colours but there always seems to be plenty in stock whenever I see it in-store.
The liquid covers all scuffs very effectively and there is no way I'm able to tell that the scuff marks have been 'filled in'. I leave the shoes to dry for about half and hour after application then I like to buff them up slightly with a dry soft cloth.
The end result is simply a much better and cleaner and more revived pair of shoes. By the end of the week my daughter has usually scratched the toes back off as she has an annoying habit of trailing the front of her feet on the ground when she plays on the park swings. This Kiwi Scuff Cover is a life saver as far as I'm concerned and it definitely means that I don't have to shell out on buying more shoes so often. A bottle lasts for ages and I really recommend it as a reviver and a great means of preventing shoes from looking old and tatty.
I have used Kiwi Scuff Cover for over a decade now. I used to use it for my school shoes back in the day, and now I use the product for my work shoes as they are also plain black. As far as I am aware, a falling number of people actually use these type of products. This is probably due to the falling cost of new shoes and people are simply replacing worn out shoes rather than repairing or looking after them in the first place. The Kiwi Scuff Cover is designed to renew the colour of your leather shoes, and the product I own is exactly as in the picture shown.
The bottle is black with the Kiwi label on it with the product details. The volume in the bottle is 73ml (2.5oz) and has a pad on the end in order to allow easy application. The product is designed so that the use produces no mess to the user, and is easy to store with its clear cap which protects the foam pad from contamination. The solution in the bottle is said to cover scuff marks from your leather shoes, and leaves an instant no-buff shine. The product is clearly designed for express use, and this is the main reason why I use it so regularly. Your shoes are left water resistant and therefore more durable in the longer term. I would certainly say this product has added life to my shoes, and it is safe to say that it revives and renews neglected leather shoes in an instant.
Priced at under £2 it is a good value product and I bring it out of the cupboard just before I go to work. It is such a simple product to use and leaves no mess behind. For those in a rush on a morning I strongly recommend it. In the winter months when wear and tear is more prevalent it is an essential product for prolonging the life of your footwear.
Kiwi Scuff cover is a shoe care product designed to cover and fill scuffed areas of your shoes, as well as restoring colour. It is made by Kiwi, which is a brand leader in shoe care, and a 75ml bottle costs £2, which I think is really good value.
The product is designed to be used on smooth leather shoes, and you have to buy a colour that matches your shoe. The variety that we have at home is black, which I would imagine is the best selling colour.
The liquid comes in a black plastic bottle and you cannot see the product inside. The bottle comes with a sponge applicator, which is designed to dispense the product direct from the bottle, rather than you having to apply it with a brush like regular shoe polish. To use the product, you simply turn the bottle over and squeeze gently, so that a small amount of the liquid is dispensed onto the sponge. Then you work the liquid into the leather of the shoe, paying particular attention to scuffed areas. You leave the product to dry for 10 minutes, before buffing to a shine with a soft cloth.
I have found this product really easy to use, and very effective at covering scuffed areas on shoes, particularly the kids' shoes. This is a good product to use before you wear a pair of shoes for the first time, as the product will provide a layer of protection for the leather, and if you knock the shoe, the layer of scuff cover should take the brunt of the damage rather than the leather of the shoe.
At £2 a bottle, this is slightly cheaper than the shoe protection products from Clarks, and in my opinion is just as effective. When you buff the shoes with a cloth after applying the scuff cover, you get a very pleasing shine, and whilst it does not leave shoes super shiny, they will certainly look presentable.
The only downside to this product (and it is a big one), is the bottle design. We have had ours for some time now, and unlike our Clarks shoe products, which still work absolutely fine, even after a couple of years, the sponge applicator on the Kiwi Scuff Cover has dried out, and though I can feel the liquid sloshing around in the bottle, I can't get any on the sponge! With the Clarks Shumagic, you can simply remove the sponge and rinse it in warm water, but with the Kiwi, the sponge is glued to the bottle, so you have to put the whole bottle under warm running water to get the product flowing. This is quite messy, and not great if you are in a rush! You do tend to get a fair bit of this product on your fingers when using it, too, if you haven't let it dry completely when you buff it.
So, in summary, this is a reasonably priced product by one of the brand leaders, which does a good job at covering scuffs and keeping shoes looking like new. However, a bad bottledesign lets the product down somewhat, and when the sponge dries out it can be fiddly getting the flow going again. Therefore I award Kiwi scuff cover an OK 3 dooyoo stars.