Shoe Shining

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  1. ZoomingFalcon

    ZoomingFalcon Cadet

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    I'm wondering, what supplies are cadets issued for shoe shining during basic/fourth class year?

    I like to think I'm decent at shining shoes, but I use an old t-shirt. No brushes or anything fancy.

    Is this an option for cadets? What did you use?
     
  2. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Well, if you already know how to do it, you are probably a step ahead of most of your future classmates.

    I use Lincoln wax and a piece of a t-shirt. Just realize you will be sacrificing one of your t-shirts (you get like 6, so don't worry).
    You will probably be issued a Kiwi kit, with polish and brushes. It works, but takes a little more effort than Lincoln wax for the same shine.
     
  3. eagle36

    eagle36 USAFA Alumnus

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    and you don't have to shine boots anymore, and you'll go to the cadet store to buy other stuff you may want that isn't issued before you have to shine your low quarters. and since there's no longer doolie day out, (now doolie day in) you may not even need them until you've tranistioned to your squadron and waiting for Acceptance Day
     
  4. ZoomingFalcon

    ZoomingFalcon Cadet

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    Lincoln wax, huh? I've never heard of that stuff before. I know with the kiwi I had to warm it up a bit at first. I'll take a look into that. Brushes don't work very well for me. Just seems like too much extra effort for less of a result.

    I'm glad we don't have to shine boots now, but I do think the black looks better than the new sage green ones. Oh well, not my decision:rolleyes:
     
  5. packermatt7

    packermatt7 USAFA Cadet

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    Sage boot is awesome... they even clean themselves! :thumb:

    You'll be issued Kiwi and plenty of shirts. I use cotton balls and Kiwi Parade Gloss, which you can buy at the C-Store.
     
  6. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Parade Gloss works OK. It scuffs pretty easily, and after you get a good layer going, it stops polishing to a mirror shine so easily. That's why I like Lincoln wax better--less prone to scuffing and keeps a good shine going longer. YMMV

    Either way, you aren't going to be short of options.
     
  7. PDub

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    I actually use cotton swabs, premoistened with hot water, and it shines really well. Either way, you'll learn how to shine very fast.
     
  8. hornetguy

    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    LMAO, I haven't shined anything since March 2007!! I paint my corcoran boots every 6 months or so. hehehe. ;)
     
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    packermatt7 USAFA Cadet

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    my roommate showed me the wonders of pantyhose for a quick buff. Works really well for the last minute fixups before a PAI/SAMI.
     
  10. eagle36

    eagle36 USAFA Alumnus

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    i love leather luster :)
     

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