Stop reading for just a moment and look down. How do your shoes look? Don’t say they look ok. They should look amazing. The truth is this – people are judging you by the shoes you wear. Don’t believe me? Ask some of your female friends and they’ll tell the same thing – your shoes matter. Well-shined shoes are the mark of a man who has his life put together. In fact, I’ll go a step further, making a point of taking good care of your shoes is a great way to start getting your life in order. Why? It is due to what I like to call spillover effects. When you start exhibiting self-discipline and attention to detail in one area of your life, you’ll start to notice ways to improve other areas of your life as well.
So today we are going to shine our shoes. First, others will be impressed when they see us, and second, the habit can be a launchpad for improvements across our life.
How do we do it well? Behold, the Kiwi Select Shoe Shine Care Kit Valet II Wooden Box. There are other shoe shine kits out there, but honestly, this one has everything you really need without the unnecessary extras that bump up the price. Here’s what you get.
- An elegant wooden box. This holds all your shoe shine materials and also serves as a footrest for your shoe as you shine it. Using the box to hold your shoes keeps your hands clean while shining and also allows you to apply more pressure to the shoe. That leads to a better shine.
- Two KIWI Select Premium Paste Tins. Again, you can go for higher end shines than Kiwi, but Kiwi gives the best bang for your buck.
- Two Sponge Daubers. Use these to apply the shoe shine to your shoes.
- Two soft and durable Shine Cloths. You will use these to work the shine into the shoes. Use some muscle here to get the most impressive results.
- Two KIWI Shoe Shine Brushes, 100% Horsehair. Use these after you applied and rubbed the shoe shine into the shoe thoroughly. These brushes will leave your shoes with a fantastic shine.
- One Shoe Horn. You’ll wind up with ugly damage to the backs of your shoes if you repeatedly put them on without a shoehorn. Trust me, use it every time, and you’ll be amazed how much longer your shoes last.
Shoes are the most important element of your overall style. You can get away with a 15 dollar t-shirt; as long as the size and color fit you, you can look damn good in it. But skimp on shoes and it will seriously subtract points from your style. If you are going to spend a couple hundred dollars on shoes, don’t shorten their lifespan or damage their appearance by skipping basic maintenance. Just a quick shine periodically will keep those shoes looking great and make sure that cute girl you noticed in the coffee shop notices you too.
To your daily growth!