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From a young age I have been brought up to appreciate buying quality shoes over cheap ones that only last a couple of weeks. The logic being of course that whilst quality shoes are more of an investment, they will last longer and provide comfort to my feet. By and large this has meant that I mainly buy leather shoes (although do occasionally buy the odd pair of canvas ones) and therefore like to keep them clean to look as good as new and also to look smart in the office job that I work in.
As a result of the above, a staple product that dwells in our shoe cupboard is a tin of Kiwi Parade Gloss Shoe Polish in black. Whilst it does not get out much, it is a very useful tool for those important meetings or simply when I have an interview or special occasion and want my shoes to gleam.
This shoe polish comes packaged in a small tin which houses 50ml of black shoe polish. The tin is simply presented, with a black lid and shiny metallic base. The text is clearly visible across the lid illustrating a gold banner branded with the words 'Parade Gloss'. The tin houses a small metallic clip on its body which serves to flip off the lid. Inside the polish looks matt black in colour and has quite a thick consistency which reminds me of a paste. It is the smell of the polish that I love as it conjures up memories of my childhood and this smell I can only describe as being consistent with the smell of leather and polish.
The beauty of this product in my opinion is that it is said to provide a number of qualities to the leather which include cleaning it, protecting it, nourishing it and giving shine. Kiwi state that this polish can be used on both smooth and grained leather for the same effect.
==Price and Availability==
This shoe polish can be bought from a number of supermarket stores as well as those that sell just about anything and of course shoe shops. I bought my tin from Tesco around a year ago where it is currently stocked for £1.85. Having done a bit of research, I have found that you can expect to pay around £1.80 to £2.20 for this product which makes it a bargain considering the amount of times it can be used.
==Application and Use==
This shoe polish can be used in a variety of ways however I am a big fan of using the brush and cloth technique as this was how I was bought up to clean leather. I start out by ensuring that I have a liberal covering of newspaper over the floor as this can cause a mess if not. I then dip the ends of a stiff bristled brush into the polish and rub quite roughly into the outer leather of my shoes. I like to provide quite a liberal coating of polish over one shoe before leaving the first shoe to sit for a couple of minutes and turning to coat the other shoe in the same way. I like to believe that this allows the polish to have sufficient time to soak into the leather before it is rubbed off especially in shoes which are highly scuffed.
After the shoes have sat, I take a soft cloth, the microfiber ones being particularly good for this purpose and rub the leather until it is smooth and does not have any residue on it. I also add here that coming from a military family; I do like to do the old spit and polish technique as I find that it makes my shoes gleam. The end result of this process, my shoes look as good as new, the leather is soft and supple and my shoes have a high shine which is noticeable when you remember what the shoes were like before cleaning.
I have found that my tin of Kiwi shoe polish has been a crucial product in our home as it has restored my black leather shoes when they look scuffed and tired. I have used my polish on a number of different pairs of shoes, ranging from my black pumps to stiletto court shoes to my partners black loafers and have had the same excellent results each time. In addition to this being an effective touch up, it also has kept my shoes going for longer, is an easy way to clean shoes as it takes a matter of minutes and does not cost much to use. However, I would add that to prevent little black marks in my shoes cupboard where the polish brush gets moved around I have now invested in a little basket to store my cloths and brush.
This is a quality product that means my shoes will probably look new for many years ahead. As a result I would recommend it to anyone who wears black leather shoes on a daily basis. This product scores an excellent five stars out of five from me.
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f you want to keep your real leather shoes in good condition then, as all shoe shops will tell you, you need to get some good shoe polish and polish them to keep them looking shiny and not only looking good, but also to keep them in good strong condition to stop them scuffing. You might think the sales people in the shoe shops are just trying to get you to spend more money in their shop but it really is true that you need shoe polish. It probably is cheaper to buy this online or in the supermarket than it is to get it from the shoe shop though as I've seen this in some shoe shops and they do overcharge, You should polish your shoes about once a week if you wear them every day. There are loads of shoe polishes out there. They are sold in supermarkets, in shoe shops, online etc. They are easy to get hold of. Kiwi is a well known brand of shoe polish and in my opinion it is the best.
I have used loads of different shoe polishes over the years and this is the only one that I feel has actually produced some good results and has kept my shoes looking shinier for longer.
It comes in a little round tub which is black and red, the lid of this is shown in the picture. The tub is only really small and fits in your pocket. It claims on the lid that this is 'The World's No1 Shoe Polish' - a high claim but I wouldn't disagree. Like I say I've never found another shoe polish which works as well as this one does.
This is so easy to use. I use a rag as I find this easier. I rub the rag round the polish in a circular movement around the tub. Then I use this to polish the shoes. It really doesn't take long, a couple of minutes at the most if you don't have a lot of practice at polishing shoes. You soon pick it up. It doesn't take long for it to dry before you can wear the shoes.
This is really reasonably priced as you can buy it in most places for about £1. This is a really good price especially considering this is the best shoe polish I have used. It really does work well too. It does a good job and without it I think most of my real leather shoes would be looking a lot scruffier right now, so I really do think this is an essential product for anyone who wears real leather shoes especially if you wear them a lot.
This is available in all different colours but obviously if you have black shoes then you need this one, the black polish.
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No.. I'm not of a military disposition, but with two boys at school age now the little un is in reception, or little school as I call it, our routine is like a well planned military campaign and part of this master plan is to ensure our boys turn up at school with nice shiny proper school shoes, so shoe polish is an essential purchase nowadays.
I'm pretty sure that this is the same variety of polish that my mum used on my school shoes back in the day and it really does work miracles as both of my boys seem to scuff their shoes to the max, in fact I sometimes wonder if the older lad actually gets on the bus, or just holds onto the back and lets it drag him to school!
No worries though as they are soon revived to former glories by applying some of this with a soft brush and then a good buff up with a stiff one, using a fair amount of elbow grease. I'd actually like to review elbow grease, but I can't find it on the Dooyoo product list....
Anyhoo, once done, let it dry and if you get any on your paws, I suggest you clean it off sharpish, unless you are wanting to join the black hand gang. I actually find, that given many years of experience, I make very little mess but if you're going to introduce this as a chore for a young un, then cover the entire room in old newspaper and have a hose ready outside to wash them down, unless it's just my son that can cause such carnage just polishing shoes.
So, in my opinion this is a great product and should be kept in the cupboard under the sink in every home in the western world. Last time I made a purchase it cost £1.50 a for 50ml tin, which is nothing compared to the cost of decent school shoes. Available in Black, Dark Tan and Oxblood. Oh, and it's water resistant.
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Being an ex soldier I take a bit of pride in my shoes and I like them to be clean and sparkling. I have over the years used many of the branded products for cleaning my shoes, but the one I keep coming back to is Kiwi. Perhaps it is because that is the band I used most when bulling my boots ready for parade.
The round black and red tin brought back some fond memories of nights in the barracks getting drunk and bulling my boots, polishing my belt and making sure I was up to scratch for the parade next morning. Many a time my kit was definitely up to the mark but I may have on the odd occasion have been slightly the worse off for one to many sherbets. For that parade gloss shine there is a special tin available with a gold pattern of the front indicating it is better at producing big shines for those Army folks. Basically though all colours and variations look and feel the same it is just to formulation that is different.
I don't use lots of this, so I don't buy it that often, so I was a little shocked that it is now around 97p a tin. There is a lot in a tin though at least for ordinary shoe cleaning there is. The black waxy looking paste was revealed once had had turned the horizontal key which eases opening. It's just a little lace looking thing which on the side of the tin between the lid and the bottom. When turned it forces the lid up to accommodate entry.
To look at it is a kind of shiny waxy look, it does make everything it touched black, and it does kind of separate a bit so be careful when using, it is very hard to remove once on something. Using a soft brush get a little of the polish on one end and apply lightly to the shoe or boot. Cover completely and leave to dry for a few minutes. Use a stiffer brush to buff up the polish and a duster to add the final shine..................smart as a new pin. Now to bull them and get them absolutely gleaming. Get twelve bottles of high strength beer.......................no better not.
This is available in several colours and a neutral version is also available for those special shoes. It lasts ages if used in moderation and will keep your shoes or boots covered with a waterproof and scuff proof layer. They provide a very good protection and keep the shoes looking like new. I think 97p is steep but then it's ages since I bought any myself so maybe I'm just an old skinflint.
I have to admit a lot of the time in the summer I wear 'silly' shoes. Little ballerina pumps. However, in the winter and for smart, special occasions I have to wear my special shoes. Special shoes are black leather and even though I find leather such a worthwhile investment (nothing manufactured is quite the same) it still needs a spruce up every now and then, and that's what this polish comes in handy for.
Kiwi polish is very well known and it is easy to find. You can buy it from supermarkets and shoe shops. Basically if a shop sells shoe polish it will sell this brand. The polish comes in a small tin and costs around a couple of pounds. The tin's lid is screw on and off, and has a small metal catch type thing that you can flip over the lid so that it cannot come off by accident. That is very handy as the mess would get everywhere and be hard to fix!
The shoe polish I am reviewing is black, as that is the one I use most often, but you can also get this in brown and blue. The polish smells quite strong and chemically, so when you open it do not get too close and take a big whiff, otherwise you might smell like you have been poisoned!
The polish is a soft black wax. The art to applying it has to be learnt, so you will experience a bit of trial and error as you get to learn how much you need to apply. I always lay news paper before I polish shoes to avoid getting any hard to remove mess on the surface. I use a bristly brush (these normally come on a wooden back bone) and I scrape a tiny amount of polish out of the tub onto the brush and then work it into the shoes. To get the best results you do have to work and rub hard, but it is worth it once it is done. I find it best to add a little polish and then you can build up from that if you need, rather than have to add too much and then try to somehow remove it. I then give the shoes a quick wipe with a cloth to make sure they are dry and get any excess off.
Polishing revitalises shoes, new and old. It is amazing how much better they look after, and it will improve their life also. It is an essential process to maintaining your shoes, and I couldn't think of any improvements this polish needs, it is perfect for my needs.
Shoe polish is an essential item in most houses to avoid scruffy looking shoes. I always have a couple of tins under the sink, one of which is the Kiwi Parade Gloss Prestige Shoe Polish. I have four pairs of black shoes that I rotate in use and I hate it when a pair of shoes starts to look dulled or scuffed up, especially if you have somewhere important like an interview to go to. You only need a small application on your brush with this to get your shoes looking nice and clean and something approaching new again.
The tin this comes in is easy to open and close and this is very good value as it lasts for a long time. I am quite obsessive about giving my shoes a buff whenever I notice they are starting to look a bit grubby and the Kiwi Parade Gloss Prestige Shoe Polish has lasted for several months and is still not empty. With a small amount of this and some elbow grease you can make it last a long time and still get an excellent shine on your shoes.
I would certainly buy this again as it is very affordable and lasts a long time. The most important thing is that the polish really does work. Once you smear it onto your shoes and start giving them a good polish it doesn't take long at all for you see a real difference and all the scuffs and mud start to disappear. With a bit of effort at the end you can get a very good shine to finish your shoes off and make them look new again.
Kiwi Parade Gloss Prestige Shoe Polish can be purchased for under £2 and contains premium wax to give you favourite shoes a good old shine. This is a very good product that is reasonably priced and lasts a long time. I would certainly buy it again.
This has been a permanent fixture in the cupboard under our sink and its a must if you have black leather shoes! It helps hide scuffs by daily wear and also leaves your shoes glistening. It only costs about 2 euro and the tins lasts for ages.
The polish comes in a small tin that is easy to open and is a handy size to store also. I think the tin we have now has lasted up almost 6 months now! We would use it every week because I wear black leather shoes to work so constantly need to top them up.
They also come in handy with my daughters black shoes as they are able to extend the life of her shoes by keeping them looking clean and well looked after. I remember when my brother who is in the army would use tin after tin of this polish to keep his boots clean. I gained a few tips to getting the most out of this polish.
First I get a lump of cotton wool and wet it slightly so that it is damp but not dripping, then I rub it into the tin of polish and apply in a circular motion to my shoes. After I buff with a brush for a final finish. Somehow it is meant to go on better and I find when I have the time I do it with this method. Otherwise I just use a cloth to apply the polish and use a brush to buff it to remove excess polish and make the shoe shine.
I would highly recommend this polish as it does last for ages and it gives a great shine but remember it is strictly for black leather shoes!
One product that has been a complete life save for me (well, until I replaced my sons school shoes) is "kiwi parade shoes polish", a product that I didn't even realise we had under the sink until my husband decided he could possibly go out for a night on the tiles with his shoes slightly scuffed!
The tin itself is a small metal tray with a lift off/click on design, with there being a neat little bar on the side that you twist to start off the lifting mechanism.
To use you use an old cloth that you won't need again (we have a designated duster we use!), you then rub a small amount onto said cloth, this is easy enough to achieve with the polish being an almost solid block of black cream, with there being a lovely fresh leathery smell emanating from the tin.
You then gently rub into the shoe in circular movements, this makes sue than every little crevice is coated with the smooth black cream, though be very careful not to do this near any soft furnishings this stuff (once on) will not come off again, and that is all you need thick black polish marks over your cream suite!
Once completely rubbed in I then polish of with a soft bristled shoe brush, this not only removes the excess polish but buffs up the shoe to a lovely shine, though never mirror shine as the shoes I use this stuff on are only slightly polished to star with!
As I said earlier this stuff has been a life saver, my son had his first pair of proper school shoes last year for his reception year at school, now anyone with little boys will now they have a very annoying habit where it doesn't matter how they walk, the toes always seem to scuff incredibly easily.
By the time I found out we had this polish I was seriously considering buying a new pair of shoes for him, but after a good polish up with the block polish they came up almost as good as new!
Price wise this is available around the £1.50 mark, a real bargain in my opinion, especially since they saved me £30!
This is lovely stuff and in fairness I find it quite therapeutic with the rubbing and buffing, the fact that my son is so grateful that his shoes look nice and clean as he tells me, is no problem at all!
Thanks for reading xx
Want shiny shoes? - then check out Kiwi's 'Parade Gloss Prestige' polish which is designed to return your scuffed footwear to its former glory. The price of the product varies greatly from retailer to retailer, but the average cost seems to be around £1.50 online for the 50ml tin. From a value for money perspective, I would personally class this as a reasonable price to pay, as it's generally the same amount as Kiwi's 'regular', common-or-garden polishes.
Personally, I'm not one who is quick to maintain their shoes, and I often suffer from less than pristine footwear. However, as I was due to attend an important work-related meeting a while back, I thought I'd better buy some new polish so I didn't look like a complete tramp. For some reason, the local supermarket only had this high-gloss offering, as all other Kiwi polishes were sold out.
Kiwi's Parade Gloss Prestige is a waterproof wax-based concoction which arrives in the standard Kiwi hockey puck-like metal container. These age-old canisters feature a metal clip on the side which can be flipped around, and via a small amount of leverage, successfully aid the opening process.
To use the polish, you simply apply a small amount to a cloth or shoe brush, and liberally rub onto your shoes. I generally leave the polish for around three or four minutes, and then brush off with a harder-bristled shoe brush. The aroma is rather waxy and strong - it's not something that is particularly pleasurable to breathe in.
As the product's title would suggest, after the cleaning process the results were indeed glossy, and my shoes had achieved an almost new looking sparkle. That said, the shine wasn't massively different to Kiwi's regular black shoe polish, which similarly returns impressive results.
In terms of it's longevity, this particular polish can go off fairly quickly - after a period of non use it can start to clump into fairly dry lumps, and is almost impossible to apply to your shoes - use it within a year and it should be fine. Overall, I would recommend Kiwi's 'Parade Gloss Prestige' as a decent all-round polish which offers not only a decent level of shine, but also a protective waterproofing for your shoes
When I was a child, my dad was in the army. I remember when he was home on leave, I'd sit on the bed watching him polishing up his boots, buffing them to a high shine . As I got a little older, and started school, I would try and polish my own shoes, usually getting more polish all over myself than on the shoes, and generally making a mess .
Thats changed now, I'm a lot less messy. Now, I polish up my daughter shoes for school . The one thing that hasn't changed much in all these years is the brand - my dad used Kiwi, and I use it today .
The tin, which looks pretty much as above, costs about £1.50 - £2.00 depending on where you purchase it, and is pretty widely available in most supermarkets, and in many army surplus stores.The tin itself is a bit of a pain in the bum to open - theoretically, you twist a little bit of metal on the side and it pops the lid up, but in reality, I usually find it involves a lot of attempting to prise it open with fingernails, before resorting to forcing a blunt knife under the rim. On the plus side, I suppose this does stop children getting hold of it and having a munch, but it does make it harder for me to get hold of it too!
This polish itself is a solid set cream, black in colour, which buffs up to a high shine. I tend to apply a quite generous amount to brushed clean shoes with a cloth, before buffing off with another cloth. I don't go for military shine on my daughters shoes, but I do find that a good few minutes of buffing does produce lovely clean, shiny looking shoes, as well as covering up any minor scratches .
The polish itself does stain towels and cloths, so I recommend putting an old towel onto your lap, or polishing on newspaper to avoid staining your clothes. I also find that an ordinary yellow household duster seems to give the best results when buffing.
Overall, I would say that this is a high quality traditional shoe polish that delivers good results at a reasonable price. It's a brand my family and I have trusted for many years, and certainly one I recommend.
Many years ago I learnt the benefits of looking after your shoes and boots. Apart from getting the maximum amount of life from them, it can also make them more comfortable to wear, and equally create a good impression to others. And the best way to look after your shoes and boots is to learn how to polish them correctly with a good quality polish. It always amazes me when people will spend a small fortune on a nice set of footwear, and yet are reluctant to spend as little as £1.95 for a tin of polish to look after them.
In my opinion, this Kiwi Parade Gloss sits right at the top of the quality polish pile. For the money you get a small tin of polish with about 50 ml of polish in it. It comes in a variety of colours, and if you do happen to have some strange colour footwear for which they don't have your colour in, you can always choose the neutral polish option as your cleaning product.
Now shoe polish provides a number of benefits. Initially it nourishes the leather of your footwear making it more supple, and hence more comfortable to wear. If you don't apply the polish, the leather dries and cracks, and hence, your footwear begins to split. Applying polish will also provide a degree of waterproofing because the natural oils in the polish will protect the leather. They won't be totally waterproof, but should be able to accommodate the odd splash or too with no ill effects. Finally, applying the polish will also hide and cover a multitude of scratches and nicks on your footwear, almost making your footwear look new again.
Best way to apply? Well the first thing is to make sure you have any surfaces (eg tables etc) covered with a newspaper or something, because if you get any shoe polish, particularly the darker colours, onto any surface, it will stain and can be a complete nightmare to remove.
Ok, with that out of the way, let's begin. For a quick clean, you can apply a thin coat of polish using a small shoe brush. Lightly dab the brush into the polish and brush it all over the shoe, paying particular attention to where the footwear creases. Then use another brush to brush it all off again and then finish off by wiping your footwear with a soft cloth.
That's ok for a quick clean, but every so often it would be very beneficial to do what I would call a deep clean. For this, I tend to remove the laces and then apply the polish initially using a brush as above (but don't brush off), and then back that up by applying the polish onto a cloth and rubbing it into the leather using my fingers in the cloth. To do this correctly would probably take about 5 - 10 minutes per shoe. Then leave the footwear overnight still covered in polish. The reason for this is that it will allow the polish time to soak into the leather, making it supple, and hence more comfortable to wear. It will also help to stop that splitting in the leather that I mentioned earlier. Next day, grab your cleaning off brush and give the footwear a good brisk brushing to bring your footwear to a nice shine and finish off with a soft cloth.
Now this is where this Kiwi Parade Gloss seems to come into its own. I've tried many different polishes over the years using the overnight technique, and whilst the results have been acceptable, this Parade Gloss seems to have a better mixture of oils which penetrates the leather better and gives a better overall shine to your footwear. I know it is recommended and extensively used in the military by the trainees when they first join up and are taught how to look after their boots, and the military have years of professional experience of polishing footwear. So that must have some form of professional endorsement for this product.
One of the minor problems that I found with many polishes over the years is that they can dry out and crack, leaving you with a few bits and chunks of polish in the tin. A good tip I found was to set fire to the polish to melt it. Might sound mad, but make sure you do it outside because the tin will get hot. When it has all melted, drop the lid back on and let it cool. The end result is that you will have a nice solid tin of polish again. You can also use this method to combine old remnants of polish into the one tin - almost like recycling polish again.
So in summary, if you want to get the best from your footwear, you need to look after it and nothing does that better than this Kiwi Parade Gloss Prestige Shoe Polish.
I always remember when I was little that my dad used to have a quality street tin filled with these shoe polishes and clothes and brushes and it would come out every Sunday night for the weekly shoe polishing before returning to school for the week. As I got older I forgot about shoe polish all together until my boyfriend started moaning about how his shoes kept looking dirty and he was using baby wipes on them to clean them. Baby wipes are quite good for cleaning but they won't make your shoes shine like polish will. So on my next trip to town I purchased myself a little tin of black polish for £1.50 from the shoe man and off I went to start my polishing task.
I would recommend putting newspaper down before using shoe polish because it will stain if you get it on your carpet or clothes you have been warned. Once the lid is off you are greeted by the strong smell and the flat polish. To use I simply get a cloth usually a smooth one which I dip into the polish using my finger I then pop the polish onto the shoe once on its a matter of giving it some elbow grease usually in circle motions and the results lovely shiney shoes which look as good as new. I would recommend shining your shoes the night before a big event so as although the polish does dry quickly I have a worry that it may come off onto clothes if not completly dry and you don't want that to happen now do you. Shoe polish is also good for covering up scuffs on your shoes though I do have a scuff remover for quick repairs which I use alongside this product.
5 stars for this product its cheap to make your shoes look as good as new.
I was brought up by my grandparents when I was young and my grandad had been I the army and war and had a real thing about shining shoes and every night when I came home from school I had to get changed out of myuniform and it was my job to clean the shoes of everyone.
I used to have to go in the back yard rain or shine and get out the polish and shine the shoes until you saw your face in them, or do them again.
I remember using kiwi polish when I was little but now I'm older I still use it to clean and polish shoes.
This shoe polish comes in a 50ml tin and is in black for black shoes, there's something good about opening the tin for the first time as the polish inside is smooth and unused. It smells of polish and has a unique smell that only shoe polish has, it's hard to discribe but it's like turpintine combined with wax.
This polish will cost you from £1.30 -£1.95 all depending on where you buy it and you can get it from shoes shops and some supermarkets, it gives a real good finish and shines the shoes nicely keeping the leather supple and in good condition, which helps to keep the shoes lasting longer as they are protected from rain and the wet.
You only need a small amount of this polish, get a clean rag put it over your index finger, dab a little of the polish onto the rag and smoothly cover the whole shoe in the polish, applying more as you rub it into the leather of the shoe.
Once this is done do the same on the other shoe. Once both shoes are covered with the polish, take another clean rag and begin to shine the polish off, it takes elbow grease as my grandad used to say and with a good buffing with the rag the shoes will begin to shine like new.
To keep the shoes in good condition you can use this daily and the shoes will keep their new look from when you bought them.
It protects the leather and is a good polish for your shoes. I would recomend it if you have leather shoes that need to keep their good looks, you can also use it on man made uppers to shine them too.
The polish is made with a multi-wax blend and contains premium wax and carnauba wax, this gives the shoes a waterproof protection and a great shine.
Kiwi Parade Gloss Prestige Shoe Polish is something I have bought and used for giving shine and adding back color and condition to a number of shoes and boots. I have found that a small tin of this shoe polish can work wonders with just a minimal amount of elbow grease.
The product comes in a small tin which is easy to store and when I want to use some the only problem I have is that I find it a bit difficult to tease the lid off. Other than that this is a great little product and I have paid no more than £1.95 for it. I have sometimes been able to pick it up for less which is a bonus. If you are looking for a product that can give a bright and durable shine to your shoes then you could do far worse than this.
I have usually bought this in the black version, but have at times also used the dark tan. Both work well but I do feel that the black is the more beneficial of the two variants I have tried. I have found that with black shoes scuff and scratch marks can be easily polished and buffed to hide them really well with this product.
However when using the dark tan shade of this polish I have found that scuffs and scratches sometimes look a slightly different colour to the rest of the shoe/ boot after using the product, which was something I don't like. On black shoes or boots the polish is amazingly good and brings them up to a great shine that really gives a smart look to tired shoes. Its great for bringing scuffed school shoes back into a more pleasing state and as such is worth buying for that use alone.
I have found Kiwi Parade Gloss Prestige Shoe Polish to be amongst the better polishes I have used for leather shoes, but I would not use this for suede or other materials which need specialist polishes and treatments. What makes the product work so well is the inclusion of carnuba wax which helps to provide a good waterproof finish to newly polished shoes.
Inside each tin of polish you get 50mls or product which may not sound like much, but will in reality last ages. When using this I keep one cloth for using to apply the wax to the shoe or boot and another clean dry cloth to buff and polish the shoe. Using this system ensures a quick and easy result that lasts well. For extra shine and longevity of the effect, I find that more than one coat applied and buffed and then repeated does the trick.
Simple points to note are that if you get the black wax on you hands it will stain them, but it can be washed off with a bit of a scrub in some warm soapy water. I have also found that if I miss a bit of the wax on the shoe and then place them on the floor I can end up with bits of wax staining to the floor. I do try to place shoes I have completed onto clean kitchen towel placed on the floor now so as to avoid this.
To rate the product is easy. I feel its a quality product that works well. I have tried many types of sponge applicator cleaners and other polishes which do work well, but using this product especially for school shoes means I get a great result every time. Because of this I would recommend the product and have to give it a 5 star rating. As far as I am concerned Kiwi Parade Gloss Prestige Shoe Polish is a real winner.
Whilst bulling my boots, with my regular plain black shoe polish, my friend offered the use of their parade gloss, as I was running out. I used the parade gloss to bull them, and have never looked back since.
The Kiwi Parade Gloss contains silicon, which boosts the shine, and makes them gleam in the sun. Half an hour of bulling with parade gloss as opposed to normal polish gets them almost a third more shiny than they would have otherwise been.
There is the problem of expense though - the parade gloss costs slightly more than the plain black stuff - unsurprising - but I use a lot of it, so I get through quite a number of tins.
I have also sometimes heard that parade gloss can make your shoes turn grey - which is never a good thing. Luckily, I have not, as of yet. Experienced any of this.
So for the time being I continue to use parade gloss, and so I would advise you to use it too.