I have recently tried out the Kiwi Express shoe wipes and this is my review of the product.
I actually did not buy these wipes but when I was visiting my daughter recently I was commenting on how dirty my shoes looked when she gave me one of these wipes to try out. I was so pleased with how clean they made my shoes looked that my daughter gave me a new packet of the wipes home with me.
The wipes are in a plastic packet which has a sticky label on the front so you can reseal the packet after you have taken a wipe out. The sticky label on the front of the packet is very sticky so I do not think it will dry out and let the wet shoe wipes get all dry and this is good because they would not work if this happened!
The little packet of Kiwi Express shoe wipes has 15 wipes inside and my daughter told me she paid around £2 for the packet of wipes which I think is quite dear. If there was more wipes inside the packet then I would probably think they were better value.
The wipes are like a soft moist cloth and are wet so can be used on shoes that are very dirty. They are ok to use on any colour shoes unlike a coloured shoe or boot polish. You could obviously not use a black shoe polish on red shoes for example but these wipes will do for any colour of leather.
I thought that the moist Kiwi shoe wipes were good at removing traces of grit and dust from my shoes and I liked how they were very quick and easy to use. There was no need for me to use different brushes and polish and dusters and things when cleaning my shoes so I think these little wipes are good if you are in a hurry to get out somewhere and want to give your shoes a clean quickly. I think they were right to call these 'express' wipes as it did not take long at all to use the wipes on my shoes which makes them a very convenient product I think.
The Kiwi wipes left a nice shine on my leather shoes and they did look as if they had been polished with the full polish and brushes. I thought the Kiwi wipes might leave a nice smell onto the shoes after I had finished using them because they wipes smell really pleasant. I couldn't smell any scent from the wipes that was on my shoes after I had finished using them though.
If your shoes are not to dirty then one wipe would probably do both your shoes but as I had a lot of grit and dirt and a little bit of mud on my shoes I had to use one wipe for each shoe. I would have liked it better if the wipes would have done both shoes but I think it probably depends on how dirty your shoes are at the time.
The Kiwi shoe wipes are really good and I will use them again but I do think they are a bit dear and I wonder how normal baby wipes would work if I was to try these on my shoes instead as they are much cheaper than the cost of the Kiwi Express shoe wipes and some supermarkets even do value or budget brand baby wipes which would work out to be much cheaper again.
If you are happy to pay the price then I would suggest giving these Kiwi express shoe wipes a try out, I thought the results were very good but I do not think they are to good for the environment and not to good for the pocket either as they are quite dear.
It seems as though the whole world has gone `wipe` mad. Kiwi have now joined the crowd and have produced a rather useful leather wipe. I have to admit that I am old school and tend to polish my leather shoes with shoe polish, a shoe brush and a soft cloth. But the Kiwi express wipes do have their uses.
A packet of 15 Kiwi leather wipes will cost you around the £2.50 mark and I purchased mine from Sainsbury. Each and every type of wipe is presented in more or less the same way, a plastic packet that has an resealable opening which allows you to pull one wipe out at a time. The Kiwi leather wipes are packed in the same way. The packaging is not bulky so the leather wipes would take up little room in a suitcase.
Each Kiwi express wipe measures about 8inches by 5 inches and they smell very pleasant. The wipes pull out easily, they do not make your hands dirty or messy when you use them and they are easy to dispose of. The Kiwi express wipes are made to clean any leather, whether it be black, navy, red or green. Using a leather cleaning wipe is as easy as falling off of a log, you pull the wipe out of the packet, rub it over your shoes and the job is done. The quick and easy process ensures that you can clean your leather shoes at the drop of a hat. The leather wipes make a good job of lifting surface dirt and dust and they do make the leather shine. But from my point of view I would only really use the leather wipes whilst on holiday or if I was in a tearing hurry.
But the Kiwi leather wipes do have another role to play. Cleaning leather handbags is an awkward job. You can clean the leather with a cream polish but the Kiwi express shoe wipes are perfect for the task. The soft leather wipe allows you to get into all of the creases in the leather hence your handbag comes up gleaming.
The Kiwi express wipes are good but I would only buy them to use once in a while. 15 wipes for around £2.50 does not sound expensive but it is far cheaper to buy a tin of ordinary Kiwi shoe polish. If you had an important appointment and you needed to be sure that your shoes were gleaming when you arrived then a Kiwi express wipe could prove invaluable. I have forgotten to say that the wipes are easy to dispose of but they must be put into the bin, they cannot be flushed away.
You know what it is like...you are chasing your tail, trying to get out of the house as quickly as possible because you are running late...you look down and realise that someone in the family has grubby shoes and you haven't got time to give them a proper clean. What to do?
Well, this happens to me quite a bit, as my son loves to play footy in his school shoes and they are always in a bit of a state. I don't usually realise how bad they are until we are just leaving the house, and then I go frantic with a baby wipe trying to get them passably clean. The good folks at Kiwi must have felt my pain and have now come up with an ingenious alternative to baby wipes...erm...Shoe Wipes!
Kiwi express shoe wipes come in a pack of 20 wipes and cost about £2 a pack. The design of the packet is very similar to normal baby wipes or cleaning wipes, with a peel off resealable sticky seal. These wipes (unlike baby wipes!) have been specially designed to clean and nourish leather and can be used on any colour of leather to enhance and revitalise the shoes.
I keep my pack of Kiwi wipes in the porch by the shoes, so that I can grab one quickly as needed. They are very quick and easy to use, you just peel back the seal, remove a wipe, wipe over the shoe and reseal the pack. The wipes do a very good job of removing dirt and cleaning the leather to a presentable shine. The wipes contain nourishing agents that care for the leather and clean to a streak free finish. They are colourless and odourless, so you are not left with chemical smelling fingers when you use them, and your fingers don't get messy or sticky like they do with regular shoe polish. A single wipe goes a long way. This evening I was able to clean 3 pairs of kids shoes with one wipe. They were particularly good on my daughter's new patent leather shoes, as they left them nice and shiny with no smears.
Shoes are just one of the uses for these wipes. they can be used on any leather product, such as belts, leather jackets, furniture or bags, to name but a few items. Most people would benefit from having a pack of these wipes to hand. It should be noted though, that they are not designed for use on suede, nubuck or fabric.
I am really glad that I bought these wipes, as they are very handy, and obviously do a better job than a baby wipe or wet cloth. obviously while ideal for emergencies or a quick wipe over when in a rush, they are not really designed as a substitite for proper shoe polish, which I also use regularly on my shoes to keep them in good condition.
I bought my current pack several months ago, and I am pleased to report that there are quite a few wipes left and they haven't dried out, which I was a bit worried might happen. Now I have my handy pack of Kiwis my son has no excuse for grubby shoes, and I make him wipe them himself to teach him a lesson! This is actually a really good way to teach kids how to keep their shoes nice without having them make a load of mess with shoe polish!
When my pack runs out, I will definitely replace it with another. These wipes are really useful, and a lifesaver when you are in a rush and off out somewhere nice!