“ Brand: Kiwicare „
I quite liked the scuffed worn look for my shoes and boots but for my work shoes and special occasions I need to have nice shiny black shoes and that's where kiwi care comes in.
I normally use the small tub of solid black polish also by kiwi care but I had to buy the express polish one night when I went to get my tub of polish only to see I had forgot to replace the lid properly and it had dried out and the express polish was all that was available in my local shop.
It cost me nearly 4 pounds for a small 6ml container which I thought was pretty extortionate and I admit I was expecting miracles when I got it home for that price.
The express polish comes as a container with course black sponge that is attached to it. To use you just rub the sponge over your shoes and the pressure of this releases the polish from the container into the sponge and onto your shoes.
You only need to rub your shoes for a short amount of time and afterwards there is no need to buff the shoes up to get them shiny.
That's pretty all there is to the polish and it really is incredible easy to use and is much much quicker than using my normal solid black polish but unfortunately the results from this liquid polish pales in comparison with the solid black wax.
It does pretty much everything my other one does but just in an inferior way. It does make them look clean and gives them a slight shine but the shininess is nowhere near as good as when I use the solid polish and then buff them up afterwards with a dry cloth. I have to say I was left feeling very underwhelmed with this express polish.
There are some good things about it such as the fact that it has a little window to show how much product is left and the amount of polish that is released into the sponge is good as it doesn't overflow and get everywhere.
I also quite like the smell of the polish is isn't all that potent and whilst I'm sure a lot of people will find it unpleasant but I actually quite like it as it reminds me of my childhood and getting my school shoes polished on a Sunday night.
I do think that this polish does a decent enough job but for the money I think it should be better and people would be much better buying the kiwi classic solid polish for a lot less money instead. The only time I would recommend using this is if you really are in a rush and don't have time to polish your shoes properly.
The days of using Kiwi shoe polish takes me back to the days of childhood, when myself and my brother would sit beside a radiator with our school shoes and be instructed to clean the shoes while my mum presided, keeping a watchful eye on proceedings. This was a regular occurrence every sunday evening.
Kiwi polish comes in variety of different shades and is obviously designed to buff up your shoes. The express polish is another way of selling the same kind of product, but with a twist, in that you get given a little sponge to use as the applicator. I rather liked this concept, as we used to have many problems locating clean dusters, or rather not being allowed to use clean dusters for shoes! Problem solved here, as you get a neat tin with the polish and mit built in.
Application is easy, I have used this to buff up very smart shoes, which thankfully does not have to be done very often, but it is ideal for keeping smarter leather shoes in check. Obviously, do not use it on trainers, or shoes with a different colour, unless of course you are slightly mad and want your shoes turning a funny colour.
The sponge delivers a suitable shine to shoes. You only need a small dab of polish and then I find it best to buff the shoe in quick successive movements all over. The polish tends to stay true for a week then will need a rebuff. If you do not wear the shoes outdoors, you could probably get away with using it once every few weeks.
The Kiwi polish we have has lasted, seemingly, years because it just goes on and on. The three pounds that you are likely to pay for it represents good value for money and the results are always impressive. Ideal for pre-weddings, parties and interviews.
This is one of those products that tries to take a necessary chore and make it very much easier. In my opinion, whilst the initial benefits may be good, the long term implications are not so good.
Kiwicare Express Polish is basically what it says on the tin - a quick (or express) way of cleaning your shoes with some special shoe polish to give them that ultimate shine. The concept itself is basically a sponge which fits into a plastic holder. The sponge itself is loaded with some silicon polish together with a small amount of colour coded polish, where the colour coded element comes in a variety of colours to just about cater for any shoe colour you want. If you do happen to have some really weird coloured shoes, you can always opt for the neutral colour version instead. But whatever colour you get, the cost is about £3.50 and it does appear to be readily available from most supermarkets.
The idea is to remove the sponge from the holder (where you actually hold the sponge in a special handle) and then wipe it all over your footwear. In the back of the sponge on the handle you have about 6 ml of polish where the idea is that you apply light pressure on the sponge and it draws the polish through to be wiped over your footwear. The theory is that the colour coded element will cover any minor scratches and scuffs, whilst the silicon element will provide the shine. In practice, it is very good and does make your shoes or other footwear look almost like new with a brilliant shine. However, there are some drawbacks to cleaning your footwear in this manner.
The first initial problem I found after using this was that it left an almost damp and very slightly sticky residue on my shoes, which was probably the silicon providing the shine. What I then found whilst wearing the shoes was that the residue seemed to attract dirt, and after a while my shoes became quite dusty as the dirt stuck to this residue.
The second concern I have is mainly to do with providing the best care for your footwear in order to ensure that you get the maximum amount of wear from them. Normal leather shoes tend to dry out with wear and age, and after a while, the leather splits, often across the crease of the foot. The best way around this is to apply a good quality polish, the sort of waxy type coloured polish that you get in those small tins. This sort of polish contains oils and waxes which, when applied correctly, soaks into the leather to provide nourishment to the leather and keeps it supple, and hence, stops it drying out. The problem with this Kiwicare Express Polish is that it doesn't really contain the waxes and oils that you find in conventional polish. It is more just a quick fix that applies a layer of silicon polish to the surface of your shoe. Hence, when you apply it to your footwear, it doesn't actually allow anything to soak back into the leather or put anything back into the leather, meaning that over time, you may still experience the problem of the leather drying out and splitting.
The final problem I've found with this product is that once you have used it on your shoes, it is very difficult to go back to using the conventional polish again. The problem here is that the silicon coats the outer surface of the leather and doesn't soak into the leather. Conventional polish normally needs to soak into the leather in order to do any good. Hence, if you try to apply the conventional polish after using this silicon polish, it won't absorb into the leather and hence won't really do any good.
Ok, so where does all this leave us? Well, if you want a quick shine on your shoes, and aren't too bothered about looking after them, then this Kiwicare Express Polish is for you. But if you really want to get the very best from your footwear in termsof long term quality and wear, then perhaps you should go down the conventional polish route. But you need to make the decision between the two early on because you can't really switch back and forth between the two concepts.
With me, I tend to like to look after my footwear and hence I think I'll just stick with the conventional polish route. However, if you want to use this Express polish, it is ideal as a quick short term fix. But from me, it is only worth 2*.
It goes without saying that every now and then our leather shoes need a bit of a makeover. There is nothing like a nice light polish to rejuvenate your leather shoes and make them look neat and smart again. Having tried many different shoe care products over the years one that I have found to be very handy is the range of Kiwi Express Polishes.
I have used a number of these to good effect to bring back the lustre and shine of my leather shoes and found the system so easy to use that I would certainly recommend it. The product consists of an almost guitar pick like shaped container with a built in sponge. I have found with careful use this can bring back that nearly new look that makes our shoes nice and neat.
One of the products in the range that I have found to be very useful is the Kiwi Neutral Express Shine Sponge. Its something that I have often used to bring a nice light shine to light tan leather shoes with great effect. Its a colourless product that works to enhance the real colour of leather shoes rather than adding to it with an extra dose of 'top up colour'.
I have found that the Kiwi Neutral Express Polish doesn't alter the colour of my light tan boots and shoes, which has happened with some other brands. I find thats a real bonus. I have had mishaps like that with other so called neutral or clear polishes, but in this case I have not had any issues with colour change at all which is a definite plus point.
The range of Kiwi Express Polishes includes coloured varieties too. These can help to add shine and top up colour where you need it most. These can be of help to mask light scuffs or marks on leather shoes, whilst also adding shine. You don't need to buff your shoes when using these coloured products as the polish shines and colours your shoes in an all in one action.
This makes the Express Shine range a great polish and go range that really can be handy to keep around the home. The polish can make light work of a quick once over for childrens school shoes on school mornings with no fuss or bother.The range includes the neutral shade for light coloured shoes, a black variety and a brown version. The latter two products are the ones that shine and add a light hint of colour at the same time.
I have found the black Express Shine version to work well on shoes that are lightly marked and need a bit of tlc. However where the scuff marks or scratches to the leather are more pronounced, I still find a traditional tinned polish does a better job as it gives a much deeper polished finish that has better staying power. The shoes can then be topped up every now and then with the Express Shine sponge.
The Express Shine product does have some advantages over tinned shoe polishes though, as its a simple all in one product. The container lid holds the sponge applicator and a small reservoir of the actual polishing liquid. When you use the sponge the liquid is dispersed onto it and that in turn goes on to your shoes with just a light polishing action. When the reservoir looks empty its time to replace the product, which isn't expensive to do and costs around £2 per time.
Each Express Shine product has 6mls of the polish within the reservoir. This may not sound like much, but I have found that with light pressure on the sponge the product will polish a good number of shoes over the course of several weeks. My favorite from the range has to be the neutral polish, as it can be used on many shades and colours of lighter toned leather shoes, as well as some bright leathers.
One thing that you do need to make sure of, is that you firmly close the lid over the bottom of the plastic case every time to keep the sponge clean and stop the polish from drying out. You also need to use the sponge with a light pressure, as by pressing too firmly the sponge face can become damaged and in a worst case scenario the whole sponge could become detached from the applicator lid. Other than that I think this is a handy little product that gets a 4 star rating.
Found this product very usefull as it cuts a lot of time. A store of polish is held in the plastic boat shaped container with a sponge attached. As pressure is put on the sponge, polish is expelled through a few small ducts. It realeases just enought polish in order to give a good shine.
My job involves having to be smartly presented and this product is great for me as it makes polishing my shoes an easy task.
Product is value for money as the polish never seems to run out. However this provides the product with a slight down fall. The quality of the sponge is not high enough in order to use the full amount of polish within the unit. As it does last quite a while the sponge becomes rather worn and eventually comes loose meaning the remaining polish in the reserve cannot be used. If the company were to invest in a higher quality sponge that can withstand the length of time in which the polish lasts then I would give this product five stars.
Kiwi quick sponge
Not especially liking either polishing shoes or seeing Little Miss with scruffy shoes, (school shoes in particular) i always tend to opt for the lazy option and when I spotted this in my local supermarket it seemed just the thing.
WHAT IS IT?
This is basically a shoe polish which the blurb tells me will take the time out of shoe polishing.
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING...
The shoe polish comes in a sort of boat shaped container with a pull off lid, which covers the whole of the base. On the back is all the information about the product and on the front is a see through gauge so you can see how much of the polish is left, either O%, 50% OR 100%. I like this because it lets me know how soon I have to buy a new one. The base is nice and chunky and so is easily held in the hand ready for shoe polishing and on the flip side of the base is the sponge which will apply the polish.
HOW TO USE IT...
Simply pull off the lid and rub the sponge over the whole shoe to shine shoes- they do say it's to shine children's shoes but why not my own? When the sponge is rubbed onto the shoes, liquid is automatically released leaving shoes looking clean and shiny and meaning that there is no shining with yet another cloth afterwards. Remember to close the lid tightly after use so that it doesn't dry out.
It's not for use on suede nubuck or fabric shoes, so I am assuming here that it is specifically for leather shoes.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...
I bought mine from sainsburys and believe that it will be available from other similar stores. The polish cost around the £3.50 mark for 6ml, which is good value as it does last for ages- we get a term out of it.
It is available in 3 colours- clear, black and brown.
Household and Body Care, Slough
Tthe website, www.kiwicare.com gives lots of information about the products available.
This is a great value shoe shine polish for anyone not having the time or the inclination to polish shoes "proPerly2. It won't appeal to shoe shine purists who enjoy the whole process and who want to see themselves in their shoes but for keeping children's usually scuffed shoes looking good, it's ideal.
I can easily see howmuch is left without having to open the base and look inside and so it's rare that I run out.
Thankfully it doesn't leak or produce too much polish as some other products i have tried have done, and because there is not a surplus of polish I don't end up with black polish everywhere.
A handy product for cleaning shoes even when on your child's feet!
Thanks for reading.