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When I was younger my mum always used to make sure that cleaned my school shoes every weekend ready for school the following week. Unfortunately as I got older I started to really resent cleaning my shoes and now that I am that little older I know I need to clean my shoes but I like to used products that are a little faster than the wax polish and brushes for buffing.
This is when I came across another product in the Kiwi brand and it was the colour shine instant polish it cost me £2.49 from Tesco and it was in liquid form so should be easy to use and it works on all black leather shoes. It is also available in other colours which are brown, neutral, blue, corodovan and white.
To use wipe your shoes with a damp cloth and allow them to dry, shake the bottle well before use and then apply the instant shine polish. The great thing about this product is that there is a sponge applicator on the top of the bottle for easy application and there is a button hidden in the sponge to release the wax, which controlling the flow. All you have to do is evenly apply the wax over the shoe and allow it to dry. To keep the applicator in its best condition after use rinse with warm water and then blot it, then allow it to dry naturally ready for its next use.
This leaves my shoes looking shiny, a nice dark black shade and as good as new and also gives then a new protective barrier, especially in the rain I can see the rain drops that collect on my shoe and then just run straight off as opposed to soaking in. It is really easy to use and can be done almost anywhere. There is no mess unlike when you use a pot of wax and the brushes I tend to find that the wax ends up everywhere.
I use this wax on my shoes every few weeks to protect them and they are still looking as good as new. Next time I am shopping I will purchase the neutral so it can be used on all my other different colour leather shoes.
The majority of the shoes in our house are black leather and so we have to have a suitable polish to keep them looking neat and tidy, my husband has his usual tin of polish which he uses for a really good clean but I was getting sick of waiting for him to clean my boots and so bought this.
I bought this from my local supermarket but you can buy it online, I think it cost me about £3 but it does last quite a long time, I have had this one a couple of months now and it still has plenty in it.
The polish comes in a black plastic bottle which is shaped to make it comfortable to hold, I think it is great that the company has bothered to do this considering you only hold it for a minute of so, on the front it states superior shine and wax-rich polish. On the back it states deeper natural shine in an instant, thick wax formula to nourish and protect leather and unique long lasting double layer sponge with controlled doseage.
The instructions for use are, "Shake well. Shoes must be clean and dry. Invert bottle and gently press applicator against shoe to release product. Spread polish evenly and allow drying to a shine. Rinse applicator after use."
You twist the top to get to the sponge inside, the spinge is also black in colour and is shaped like a triangle with curved edges, the smell of the polish is pretty strong but I like the smell of polish so that's no problem. The applicator is easy to use and the polish comes out well without splashing all over, the applicator gives good coverage and the polish dries quickly so it doesn't matter if you are in a rush. The polish does dry to a slight shine but I would have expected more of a shine from the product, my shoes stay looking good for about a week and then I need to use the product again but i think this is acceptable and will continue buying it.
Gone are the days where I would spend ages polishing my school shoes as a youngster. It was a ritual in our house where we would come home from school and polish our shoes for the next day. We would place a sheet of newspaper on the worktop, alongside an old tin of black shoe polish and two brushes. One brush was used to apply the polish and the other to brush and polish your shoes. Whilst I have fond memories of doing this as a youngster and watching my Father do this umpteen times, I now prefer products which are more convenient to use (and less messy), which is why I purchased Kiwi Colourshine black shoe polish.
Kiwi is a well known brand of shoe care specialists and was established in 1906, so their products can be trusted to care for your shoes. There aren't many shoe polish brands to choose from, but this maybe because we now buy shoes made from different materials and in different colours.
Kiwi Colourshine in the colour Black was purchased from Tesco costing £2.50 for a 75ml tube. Kiwi Colourshine is a black wax shoe polish to nourish and protect leather. Before polishing your shoes you need to ensure that they are clean and dry, then shake the bottle with the cap on, squeeze the bottle against the shoe to release the polish and spread evenly across the surface of the shoe and polish.
You can feel the polish moving around the bottle when you shake it, so it's easy to tell when you are running low. The shoe polish does have a thin consistency, but not too thin so that it runs off your shoe when applied.
Kiwi Colourshine has a unique long lasting two layer sponge with controlled dosing. The sponge applicator has a hole in the middle for the polish to come out of and you just need to pump it once for one dose of polish. I find that one dose is enough to polish two adult sized shoes. The sponge before use is white and then turns black once you have dispensed the polish. The sponge is very durable and doesn't fall to pieces when polishing and as long as you polish your shoes properly you will not be left with any wax residue. To keep the sponge applicator soft you can wash is with warm water and blot dry. It only takes a couple of minutes for the polish to completely dry so it's convenient and quick to use.
The main reason for using shoe polish is to polish your shoes but Kiwi Colourshine also helps to protect them, making them more durable. This is essential in our house as our eldest Son is now in school and has come home with mud, glue and paint on his shoes, so polishing his shoes is done on a daily basis. He also likes to use his feet (rather than using his brakes) when on his bike, so by polishing his shoes we can at least try to minimise the appearance of scuff marks and scratches.
I find that Kiwi Colourshine gives shoes/boots a 'matt' appearance, rather than the shiny polished appearance that you get from using traditional shoe polish from a tin. However, I am happy with the way that it polishes our shoes, so it doesn't bother me that our shoes are not super shiny.
Overall, I give Kiwi Colourshine 4 stars. It loses a star as the tube is only 75ml and could do with being larger. Other than that it is highly effective as a black shoe polish as it restores colour, nourishes and protects leather shoes/boots.
For further information, please visit: www.kiwicare.co.uk
Thanks for reading xx
© sweetdaisy 2012
It is important to choose the right type of polish to clean leather shoes. The Kiwi Colour Shine Instant polish is quick and easy to use and the liquid polish makes the leather shine well. Hide shoes are expensive and they need to be cared for or eventually the surface will crack and the footwear will be ruined.
There are numerous brands of leather wax on the market and some are far better than others. The tins of block polish have to be applied with a shoe brush and wiped off with a soft cloth. When the leather has been buffed up with the duster the footwear has a glossy finish. Reputable brands of boot polish may cost a little more but you can expect to achieve good results.
This bottle of liquid polish costs just over £2. The 75ml of cleaner goes a very long way and the cleaning product could not be described as expensive. The colour of the plastic polish bottles vary in colour depending what hue of polish they hold. My black polish is in a red and black bottle and the top twists off to open it.
Cleaning shoes can be a messy task but using the bottle of polish does make life easier. You don't need to put newspaper down or use brushes. Before you use this wax you do need to wipe any dirt from the shoes.
You can feel that the bottle is filled with liquid and at the top of the bottle there is a round deep sponge that acts as the applicator. Take hold of a shoe and start to gently squeeze the bottle. As you press the plastic the sponge applicator starts to fill with the liquid polish ( the sponge applicator has a small hole in the middle). The polish doesn't have a strong smell like block polish.
When the sponge is filled with the nourishing polish then start applying it to the surface of the leather. The wax covers the hide and begins to dry as soon as it is applied. As the polish dries you can see a sheen appearing. Keep applying the polish until you have covered the whole of the shoe. The polish leaves a good gloss but it is a different type of shine that you get when you choose to use polish from a tin. The shine is good and deep but it does rather make the leather look as though it has been varnished.
I love shiny leather shoes and often coat the hide over twice to create a deeply polished appearance. The overall effect is good and the shine is long lasting. Any leather that has just been treated to a spit and polish will always get scuffed at some point.
The product comes in a few different colours which include neutral, navy, black, brown and white. The kiwi Colour Instant shine polish can be found in many of the major supermarkets. It is a useful shoe cleaning product that enables you to shine shoes cleanly and instantly. Every now and again it may be wise to give the leather a good clean with conventional shoe polish but don't discount this without trying it for yourself.