Can a bad shine ruin your shoes?
June 22, 2005 5:24 PM Subscribe
How does shoe polish work, and can a bad shine ruin your shoes?
posted by bingo to clothing, beauty, & fashion (14 answers total)
I have some very nice new shoes that are a sort of nuanced walnut color. They are starting to get scuffed, and I want to get them shined. But simply going to some shoeshine stand and letting them apply the 'brown' polish seems unjust. I doubt that the polish will be the same color as the shoe. Surely this is a problem that has come up and been solved two hundered years ago, but I don't know what the answer is. Do I go to an expensive shoeshine place (are there expensive shoeshine places)? Is the polish actually a mostly transparent substance that will ultimately only bring out the natural color of the shoe anyway? Or is shoe polish essentially paint?