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My shiny boots finally paid off

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by collim1, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    Today the entire shift, minus me, got an earful about their boots looking like crap.

    I have been putting Kiwi on my boots every week for years and have caught crap from the BDU guys for years.

    Today for once, I got to be excluded from the rant of the day butt chewing.

    Besides looking good they wipe clean with a damp rag and scratches only get the layer of polish so they buff out and dont damage the leather.

    Shine away guys.
  2. OFCJIM40

    OFCJIM40 Happy Jaeger

    Jan 22, 2001
    Chicago-area, IL.
    Company man.


  3. sheriff733

    sheriff733 NRA LIFE MEMBER

    Nov 4, 2007
    Yeah, that's what our kiss assess do here, too.



    I don't polish. So, I just went and bought a pair of the 5.11 HRT boots (I think is what they are called) with the felt toe so now I have an excuse not to. :supergrin:
  4. Kingarthurhk

    Kingarthurhk Isaiah 53:4-9

    Sep 5, 2010
    In the Border Patrol we had a Field Office Supervisor who wanted brass polished and boots and leather polished before shift. They didn't care what mess you looked like after shift when you had been humping the brush for 10 hours.

    On day shift I thought the shiny brass was stupid. You weren't going to catch many people lit up like a Christmas tree when the sun hit you.

    But, that was old patrol. The new kids get nylon instead of leather and no brass to polish. Less work, and less wear and tear on the back.
  5. Mattz


    Nov 16, 2005
    Good for you. I polish my boots everyday before shift. Used to catch ****, too.. even to the point guys were telling me to stop polishing my boots. lol
  6. msu_grad_121

    msu_grad_121 BOOSH

    Sep 16, 2009
    NW Burbs
    Funny, this just came up a few days ago on mids. One of the shift's "old timers" was giving the newb on afternoons grief for her boots looking like mirrors, and started in on me, too. Mine aren't shined like hers, but they're definitely better than his. "Oh it's not tactical to have your boots shined like that."

    I just told him that by that logic, his shiny bald head isn't tactical, either, and FAR more likely to light him up than our boots. :supergrin:
  7. Kingarthurhk

    Kingarthurhk Isaiah 53:4-9

    Sep 5, 2010
    Speaking of not tactical. We had a former police officer from New Orleans come to our border patrol station as a trainee. I would always show up to muster early, it helps to get a seat in the back. I would smell him comming and call out his name before he reached the muster room. He asked me how I knew it was him. I told him it was his aftershave that was pretty pungent. I told him, I could smell him, when wind changes direction in the brush so could all the illegals. No one smells like that out in the brush.:rofl:
  8. Panzergrenadier1979

    Panzergrenadier1979 Keystone Cop

    Jan 16, 2009
    Central Pennsylvania
    Our troopers seem to compete with each other over who has the least shined boots.
  9. merlynusn


    Nov 16, 2007
    I don't think boots should look like mirrors, but they should at least be black and not greenish because it's been so long since they have had a coat of polish.
  10. Kingarthurhk

    Kingarthurhk Isaiah 53:4-9

    Sep 5, 2010
    My wife and I had a deal struck up. I would polish boots, brass and leather. She would iron my uniform. Then again, I would polish her shoes for her too.:supergrin:
  11. I thought this thread would be about kicking a civilian with your shiny boots. :dunno:
  12. The last time we had any sort of formal inspection was about six years ago. Boots were clean, serviceable and black. In our area, being polished lasts about as long as it takes to walk to the car.

    We have a few gray toes that make me cringe. But since I am not a sergeant, I just shake my head and continue on. It's up to me to keep my gear and footwear in proper order.
  13. blueiron


    Aug 10, 2004
    Perhaps, but the nortenos do when out on the weekend here. We didn't need canines to track them after a crime. :supergrin:
  14. blueiron


    Aug 10, 2004
    Agreed. Polish them with bleach and the toes and heels come out white.
  15. RetailNinja


    Jan 31, 2007
    I polish once every month or so. Horse hair brush and a damp rag do wonders.

    EDIT: College boi here who was taught at the academy to polish boots by my former USMC roomate. His stuff looked like black chrome.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2012
  16. Kingarthurhk

    Kingarthurhk Isaiah 53:4-9

    Sep 5, 2010
    The people we caught smelled like feet and ass, and would often use their hands to clean the last mentioned area of anatomy.

    Even after being cleaned, the processing area laways smelled like a moldy goat.
  17. blueiron


    Aug 10, 2004
    That's the before. After, they all run out and buy a 1987 Ford truck with gobs of chrome, garish cowboy boots, and a black cowboy hat. Then they shower in the nastiest cologne, this side of Axe body spray.
  18. blueiron


    Aug 10, 2004

    On second thought, are you certain you weren't processing Iraqis?
  19. Sharky7

    Sharky7 Boomshakalaka

    Feb 21, 2009