Kiwi SELECT Shoe Care Kit
|Package Length:||6.7 inches|
|Package Width:||4.3 inches|
|Package Height:||2.8 inches|
|Package Weight:||0.8 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 133 reviews|
|Average Customer Review: ( 133 customer reviews )
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23 of 24 found the following review helpful:
Good sho-shine kit for the price. May 25, 2010
By Samuel Smith
I bought this for use at shining my shoes once a month or so and for special occasions. The kit comes with everything you need to properly shine black or brown shoes. The bristles on the brush are soft enough that they can be sued on any solid leather dress shoe. You will not have to worry about scratching your nice shoes with it. The polish that comes with is of decent quality as well. It will not dry out easily, I have had it for well over a year and only the surface is beginning to dry.
This is a quality set for anyone who likes their shoes to look their best. There are better kits out there but they usually cost twice as much and unless you meticulous about your shoe shining the extra cost is unnecessary.
If you have either black or brown nice leather shoes, this kit is worth it.
36 of 43 found the following review helpful:
Below Average Quality Jan 06, 2012
By R. Garrelts
I've used Kiwi shoe polishing products on and off for over a decade and recently ordered the Select Shoe Care Kit. Unfortunately either Kiwi's product quality has declined or I'm getting pickier as I enter my 30's because I found this kit to be of poor quality.
The kit contains two polish tubs containing black and brown polish, two polish daubers, a horsehair brush, and a shine cloth. After receiving the kit I immediately set to polish a pair of black Calvin Klein dress shoes and that's where problems began. To open the tin you twist a side mounted wing-nut that's riveted to the canister. After barely applying pressure the wing-nut promptly broke leaving me with a sealed tin of black polish with no easy way of opening. Getting the lid off the polish from that point was no easy feat and required the use of tools. I finally decided to simply drill a small hole in the lid on one side and use a small nail to pull the lid off. It's a tremendous inconvenience and one that I shouldn't have to endure on a brand new product.
The quality problems extended to the shine cloth which is a nothing but a cheap piece of fabric that leaves tons of fabric residue and small threads all over your polish, shoes, and immediate vicinity. The polish itself seems to be just okay. I found the overall quality of the shine to be lesser than other brands like Lincoln or Dr. Martens.
If you're looking for a cheap shoe shining kit you've definitely found it. But even at the price Amazon is selling this kit I would not recommend it.
25 of 30 found the following review helpful:
Quality kit gets the job done. Apr 18, 2009
This compact kit gets the job done. My only complaint is what I see as a general decline in the Kiwi polish formulation of late. Applications don't seem to last as long as they used to, and you kind of find yourself having to polish the shoes often. Kind of like using saltwater to quench your thirst.
Either way, definitely the kind of kit you want in your closet to spiff up for nice occasions and prolong the life of your brogans.
9 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Made my old shoes look like new Nov 02, 2010
By Zach Attack
I have a pair of black oxfords which got a ton of use due to my job, which required a lot of physical labor, so it was inevitable that they were going to become worn. My shoes had tons of scuff marks, and were not very shiny anymore. After watching a youtube video, teaching me how to shine shoes, I put my new skill to use. I didn't realize just how much of a difference a good coat of cream can make- they look like new now! I highly recommend this product.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Decent, but not exceptional. Mar 20, 2012
This kit is something that's nice to have tucked away in your closet for those special occasions. However if you're looking to shine your shoes regularly I'd recommend investing in a better quality kit.
The brush I have no complaints about, it served its purpose well and seems to be of decent quality. 5/5
The polish is decent. It left my shoes with a relatively good shine, but I can't say I was overly impressed. 3/5
The daubers felt cheap and weren't all that great for getting into the nooks and crannies of the leather. Construction felt cheap, but it was sturdy enough so granted I could just be being picky. (to be fair, there's only so much you can expect from something made from plastic and sponge). 4/5
The shine cloth was very disappointing. It left a substantial amount of lint on both pairs of shoes that I polished. To me, that defeats the purpose of buying a specialized cloth in the first place. 1/5.
As for the kit as a whole, I definitely feel like it's aimed more at the beginner, and for $15 there is some credit due. As someone else noted, an instruction manual would really round this product out well as a good first-time kit, or something to send your kid off to college with. Overall I'd say the kit is good, but not great.
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