I really love shoes.
I almost always buy them second hand.
Some may think that this is gross.
I look them over very carefully and make sure there is no obvious gross-ness factor going on.
Once I saw a pair of shoes at a yard sale with mouse droppings and nesting materials inside.
I passed on those ones.
I had a pair of shoes that I bought for $3. They were in near new condition. I wore them for a long while and soon they looked like this:
I almost threw them away when I remembered...shoe polish!
Where have I been? I can't imagine the money I could have saved had I remembered this lost art. I remember my Dad polishing and shining his shoes as a kid.
I loved that smell.
I quickly bought a $2.99 can of brown shoe polish and started buffin'.
I was so happy with the results. I gathered everyone's brown shoes and polished them too. I'll be picking up a container of black and white next.
This will be particularly handy when I sell shoes on ebay that are less than perfect.