Do you ever wear "proper" shoes - or what my father would have called proper shoes? I am beginning to feel as though I am the only person who has never worn trainers.
Reading in today's Times I see that Kiwi are about to withdraw their Kiwi shoe polish from our shelves in this country because sales are so low - the reason being that so few people wear leather shoes.
Today the man is here cleaning my Hall and Sitting Room carpets, Before he began we had a coffee and we talked about shoes and shoe cleaning and the fact that Kiwi were withdrawing from the market. We both had similar childhood memories although we are miles apart age-wise.
On a Sunday morning my father would line up my mother's, mine and his leather shoes on a sheet of newspaper, get out the Kiwi, a big brush (about 20c long (for buffing up) and a little brush (maybe 10c long) and a clean yellow duster. He would clean all the mud, dirt etc off the shoes with soapy water and leave them to dry. Then, using the little brush he would rub in the Kiwi using careful circular strokes and leave them to dry again. Then came the buffing up with the big brush, buffing up until you could almost see your face in them. Then, finally, came the yellow duster for that final flourish. The shoes would be lined up and admired and he would wash out the yellow duster and peg it on the line. (Of course 'the gentry' would get theirs done by a shoe shine boy - I can remember them on the sides of the road in London- (and I have seen them still in the cities - especially in the far east) but my Dad would always say he did a proper job - much better than they did.)
I suppose the main reason for the decline is that so few people wear leather shoes - leather being expensive (also trainers can be astronomically pricey if they are 'designer').