Kiwi Shoe Polish


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Kiwi shoe polish is available nationwide but you might not  always find all the colors. 

 Kiwi  polish contains quality waxes which protect and feed the leather and give you a glossy shine on your shoes.    Available in 9 colors in 1 1/8 oz. size.  Black and Brown also in 2.5 oz.  size.   We carry  them all at The Shoe Shine Kit.  

  • Black  (1  1/8 oz. or 2.5 oz. )
  • Brown  (1  1/8 oz or 2.5 oz. )
  • Neutral  1 1/8 oz.  
  • Cordovan
  • Tan
  • White
  • Mahogany
  • Mid Tan
  • Oxblood

Cleaning Suede Shoes and Boots


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The first step in cleaning suede is to brush it well with  a suede brush.  It cleans out any dirt and dust that collects in the suede and also works to raise the nap which brings out color too.     Then you decide if your item needs to be shampooed or not.

It is always a good idea at the beginning of the season  to waterproof the suede.    It protects from the rain, salt stains  and also food stains.


Why do we need shoe trees?


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If you have made an investment in a pair of leather dress shoes this fall and you want them to last, you will want to make an additional investment in a pair of cedar shoe trees.

Throughout the day your feet are perspiring and the leather and lining of the shoes are absorbing the moisture from your feet. They say that some people up to a coup of moisture a day.   After a while it will affect the shape of the shoe and begin to rot the inside lining. When you take your shoes off at night and insert the shoe trees they bring back the shape of the shoe as it was originally  and they wick away the moisture to keep the lining and the leather healthy.

To protect your investment and to keep your shoes comfortable as well as smelling good go online today at and treat yourself to a new pair of Rochester Cedar Shoe Trees.  The Shoe Shine Kit has in stock   two styles of Men’s shoe trees to choose from.  They come in S, M ,L, XL and the sizing chart is on the order page.

Made in the USA.



Meltonian Shoe Cream and Kelly’s Shoe Cream


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Kelly-PicThere have  been some changes in the industry lately.  We have been made aware that the SC Johnson Company  will no longer be making the Meltonian Shoe Cream.    That has been a staple on this website and in our shoe repair shop for over 35 years.

In trying to find a shoe cream similar we have decided to  offer the Kelly’s Shoe Cream made by the Fiebings Co.,  which has been making shoe and leather care products since, 1895.  We already carry some of their products such as their Heel and Sole Dressing and their Saddle Soap.

The Shoe Cream polish  has a similar texture to the Meltonian and comes in many of the same colors. Hope you will give it a try and we love to hear from you so please let us know what you think.


Storing your winter boots and shoes.


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Even though we woke up to snow this morning on our first day of Spring I am convinced that warmer  weather is on the way.

Before you put your winter boots and shoes away don’t forget to visit the The Shoe Shine Kit for all the products you need to clean and polish them so they will be ready for you again when you need them.

If they are stained with any salt from the streets this winter we carry Fiebing’s Salt Stain Remover. It removes salt stains from leather and fabric footwear.

The other product I would like to tell you about is the Boot Trees.  They help your boots dry out well and keep them looking good from not folding over in the closet so you get that fold in the upper.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions about caring for your leather goods.

saltstain Boot Trees

Tarrago Self-Shine Color Dye– Before and After


We are always happy to hear from our customers especially when they have had  great success with one of our products.  This customer  was so pleased she said I could share them on my blog.   I appreciate her doing this.

She was using the Tarrago Self-Shine Color Dye to rescue an old ottoman and this was her email:

I just want to let you know that I was absolutely astonished how well the
dye worked for us.  I’ve attached pictures of our leather ottoman that we
have had for 20 years.  The colors of a couple of the pictures are off color
a little, but they are the same piece.  You can see how many scratches were
from wear and tear.  We almost sold the furniture but first we wanted to see
if we could find a color dye that would work.  We chose #33 and it was a
perfect match.  We are now keeping the furniture and I will certainly
recommend your product!  Feel free to use any photos to show a “before” and


beforepicV. before2V finished V


Shine Butlers are not new


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JANUARY 6, 2016 — The New York Public Library has expanded access to more than 180,000 items with no known U.S. copyright restrictions in its Digital Collections database, releasing hi-res images, metadata, and tools facilitating digital creation and reuse.

We found this advertisement from this  collection. Click to enlarge.

There were two versions of the shine butler back in 1907. That is the date on the photo: Aug. 3 1907.   The one on the right is not longer made but was available  up until a couple of years ago.   The one on the left looks exactly like the shine butler that we still carry on our website today.