I can't even remember the last time I saw a shoe shine stand. Yeah, I shine mine, the way I learned in the Navy. I enjoy doing it, it is relaxing. I use the regular KIWI polish and an old cotton tee shirt. A little water in the lid of the can (I always considered spit unsanitary), apply it to a s small area at a time, work in little circles...Takes me back to my youth. The ship is standing off some great liberty port, maybe Subic Bay, going to pull in at daybreak. You can smell the land. No one can sleep, we all have Chnnel Fever. THe lights are still on, way past taps. Our "dress canvas" (best uniforms) are brushed and pressed, everyone is sitting around shining their shoes to a mirror gloss, discussing our plans for when we hit the beach. Remembering previous visits, favorite bars, good friends, old girl friends...shining my shoes evokes those old memories. When Corfam shoes came out, imitation leather that does not require polish, a lot of sailors switched to them. Until they discovered that the material does not breath, they bake your feet on a hot parade ground or ship's deck. And in a fire they melt onto your feet! Leather is the thing for shoes, and frequent polishing keeps it in good shape forever.