Product Type: Kiwi in Homeware
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Run of the mill shoecare product.
Kiwi Scuff Cover
Member Name: loopy-lou33
Kiwi Scuff Cover
Advantages: Easy to use.
Disadvantages: Sponge can dry out.
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.
Summary: Mediocre product.
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