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


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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.



Shoe Stretchers

shoes stretcher

Shoes can be stretched for increased comfort.   A shoe repair shop can do this for you or you can do it yourself.

The Shoe Shine Kit sells stretchers for men’s shoes, women’s shoe and women’s high heel shoes.

The direction for using a shoe stretcher are simple:

Wet down shoes inside and out with the Shoe Stretch Solution. On cloth or suede shoes you might test solution on inconspicuous area to make sure it doesn’t stain the material.  Decide whether you need to use the bunion pods and either remove them or move them to the appropriate location on the stretcher.   Insert stretcher as far as possible into the shoe.  Start to crank the stretcher open, continue turning until pressure appears on the upper.  DO NOT OVERSTRETCH.  For best results leave on overnight.  If necessary repeat the process.

One shoe stretcher is all you need, you can use the same one for the left or right foot.  You can also purchase shoe trees to be inserted in your shoes while storing to keep their shape.


Fall Cleanup


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Classic Shoe Shine Kit

Fall is here.  It was 29 degrees this morning in Connecticut, more like winter, but the fall foliage is still with us and it did warm up a little during the day.

This is a sure signal  it is time to take a few minutes  and spruce up your winter shoes and boots and protect them from the elements.  Does your house need a shoe shine kit this year?   I hope you will take a look at our Classic,  Deluxe and Basic Shoe Shine Kits which come with excellent quality brushes and polishes and of course, instructions.

Don’t forget waterproofing too.   Treating your leather boots, shoes or bags  with Meltonian Water and Stain Protector after polishing or even when they  are  new will keep them looking good and lasting longer.    This Water and Stain Protector is excellent for finished leather and also suede.

Meltonian Water and Stain Protector

Tips for shining women’s shoes


Tips for cleaning, shining  and maintaining women’s shoes.

  1. Shampoo shoes with Lexol PH cleaner or Lincoln EZ Cleaner to get the surface dirt off.   These are   mild  shampoos and will not harm the leather.   Let dry.
  2. For finished leathers, apply polish of corresponding color with an applicator or soft cloth. W e also have foam applicators available. Let dry to let the polish setup for about 3 minutes.  If you can’t find the exact match for color using Neutral will still  condition the leather and bring back or brighten up the  existing color.
  3. Brush with 100% Horse Hair shoe brush, have one for colored shoes and one for black shoes only. Brushing helps to distribute the polish evenly and get into difficult areas. Excess polish will rub off onto the brush and the leather will begin to shine.
  4. After brushing  thoroughly, buff briskly with  a Professional Shine Cloth to finish the process.
  5. Apply Fiebings Heel and Sole Dressing to the outside edges of soles and heels. Let dry thoroughly. This puts a nice finishing touch on the shoe shine. We also have Fiebing’s Sole Edge and Heel Polish which I find  is a little easier to use.


Lexol PH cleaner applied liberally to patent leather cleans and makes them look shiny again. I also like the Meltonian Leather Lotion for patent leathers.


As with shining any shoe cleaning with the PH Lexol Cleaner or the EZ Cleaner would be the first step.

We recommend Kelly’s Dry Cleaner for taking off the black marks on white shoes. It works great but remember not to rub too hard and take the finish off the leather. After cleaning use White shoe polish to restore the finish, condition, shine and protect the leather.

If the polish doesn’t cover completely  you can also use the Tarrago Self-Shine Color dye if necessary, that should cover.

WATER PROOFING:   And of course don’t forget to waterproof.  It  not only protects from the elements but from food and liquids stains. Better safe than sorry. Meltonian Water and Stain Protector is easy to use and won’t darken the  leathers. But of course with any shoe care product, always test first on an inconspicuous  area.

Thank you for reading our blog and   KEEP SHINING!

Give new life to your Christian Louboutins


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Christian Louboutin is known around the world for his glamorous, sexy  footwear, especially the stiletto heels with his trademark  red soles.

We thought our customers would appreciate knowing  that shoe repair shops can resole these shoes.   Here are  some pictures from the Cobbler’s Corner of a resoled pair of Christian Louboutin  heels and a pair of flats.

So if you have worn out your favorite pair, don’t despair, they can be resoled.


The Best Shoe Polish?




One of the most frequently asked questions of The Shoe Shine Kit is “Which is the best shoe polish for my shoes? “

All the shoe polish that we sell at The Shoe Shine Kit is good for your shoes.   They all make your shoes look better and last longer.  The best brand shoe polish for you is the one that will give you the results you are looking for and align with your needs.

The difference in the shoe polish is mainly but not entirely in the texture.  The Lincoln Stain Wax Polish and the Kiwi Brand Paste Polish are similar in consistency.  They both have different waxes in them and a color pigment.  The most notable wax, Carnauba Wax, is also known as palm wax.  It comes from the copernecia  prunifera  palm grown in Brazil.   It is as hard as concrete and nearly insoluble in water and ethanol.  It is non-toxic and hypoallergenic and is used in many household products.

The amount of   Carnauba Wax in the paste polishes makes for a brilliant shine and is an especially  good protectant for the leather.  It goes on the shoe with a brush or sponge applicator and after it has setup about 3 minutes or so shined with a horse hair brush to disburse the polish evenly around the leather upper and to begin the shining process and then brought to a mirror shine with a shine cloth.

The Kiwi Brand Shoe Polish is probably the best known shoe polish, developed in Australia and sold domestically around the country and the world.  The Lincoln Stain Wax shoe polish was developed for the US Marines in 1945 in San Francisco.  Hence one of their colors is “Marine Cordovan.”   It is more of an industrial strength products not as refined as the Kiwi and has much deeper stain property to it.   Many of our customers who prefer the Lincoln Stain Wax were exposed to it in the military and will never use anything else.

The cream polishes that we carry are Meltonian Boot and Shoe Cream Polish and Tarrago Shoe Cream Polish.  These polishes have Carnauba Wax and other waxes   but also have conditioning agents to soften and condition the leather.  These polishes also offer protection from the elements and a shine but the shine has a more satin finish to it rather than the brilliant shine that you get from the paste wax.

The cream polishes are made in a much more variety of colors to match the wide variety of leather shoes on the market  today  and  the cream is easy to apply and gets in the cracks and crevices of the shoes better.

Meltonian Boot and Shoe Cream is now made in the USA   by the Kiwi Company but originally was made in England. It unfortunately has been discontinued but we have replaced Meltonian with the Kelly’s Shoe Cream which come in similar colors and is very close in texture to the Meltonian.    The Tarrago Shoe Cream is made in Spain and you will love the choices in color that they offer and the matching Self-Shine Leather Dye that they make to go with the polishes.  So you can dye the shoes the color that you wish and then keep them looking good with the polish to match.

Tarrago Shoe Cream is also made in a Self- Shine Cream polish that you apply to the shoe and it doesn’t need to be polished with the brush or a cloth.  It has a sponge applicator on the top and comes in a limited selection of colors.  The Black Tarrago Self Shine Polish has been a favorite of the sports world, especially umpires and referees.

We also carry Hoffco Shoe Polish.  This is a liquid shoe polish with Lanolin and Carnauba Wax and has been a favorite for children’s and nurses shoes for a very long time.  It is sold in White, Bone and Vanilla Ice and provides good coverage and is good for the leather.  Hoffco White is great for sneakers and golf shoes,   the Bone is a favorite for the SAS shoe and the Vanilla Ice for some Rockports and those light colored Sperry Top-siders.

In conclusion, the best kind of shoe polish for you  is the polish that fills  your needs.  The main thing is to use it, and use it often. You will get so much more satisfaction from your shoes, they will look good and last longer if they are maintained on a regular basis.  Well- heeled and shined shoes make a very good first impression.    Shining shoes is great experience to share with your children.  We have spoken over the years   to so many people who remember their mom or dad shining their shoes Saturday night before church or Sunday night before school.  It makes for a good memory.

Please visit us at: The Shoe Shine Kit