KIWI Shoe Protector Product Kit Review and Giveaway!

Posted by Felicia Sunday, February 21, 2010, under | 58 comments
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UPDATE: This giveaway has ended, congrats to post #32, Renee L.


First off, before I can even start my review, I have to say "WOW"! I have to admit that I was very surprised by the results from this product!

When I was first contacted by Meredith on behalf of KIWI I was excited to be invited to not only review their products, but to also host my very first giveaway. I have used the KIWI cleaning products before, but it has been a long time and probably back when I was a teen, over 10 yrs ago. I had no opinion of them, either good or bad, which was nice going into this review.

Here is a list of the items in the KIWI Shoe Protector Kit and their descriptions on the KIWI website that were included in the kit:

KIWI Suede & Nubuck Cleaner: A gentle and effective cleaner for your delicate suede or nubuck footwear. KIWI Suede & Nubuck Cleaner cleans and restores the appearance of suede and nubuck shoes and is suitable for any color.

KIWI Suede & Nubuck Protector: KIWI Suede & Protector Cleaner gives your shoes the care they deserve. It provides your suede or nubuck shoes with maximum protection against water and stains, without darkening or discoloring.


KIWI
Express Cream Polish: KIWI Express No Buff Cream Polish cares and shines instantly. Nourishing creamy formula. Convenient, no buff shine. It only takes a minute to give your shoes a great shine, cover scuffs and restore colors-with no buffing required. Available in Black, Brown, and Clear.

KIWI Express Shine Sponge: Too busy for the traditional shoe polish routine? KIWI Express is a handy, quick use sponge that restores shine in an instant. The silicone is contained in an easy to see bubble, so you know when it is time to replace your sponge.




KIWI Fast Acting Cleaner: This powerful aerosol cleans your sport footwear on contact. With the scrubber top you can easily clean tough stains.



Last week I received the KIWI Shoe Protector Kit to review so I decided to spend this past weekend cleaning my shoes. That is exactly what I thought I was doing, cleaning them. Little did I know it would be much, MUCH more!

I grabbed a towel to spread out on the floor, a couple clean rags and 3 pairs of shoes. One pair of my hubby's dress work shoes, a pair of my dressy boots and a pair of my everyday nasty old tennis shoes(wait till you see these puppies! lol)

I started with hubby's dress work shoes:
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Check out the before pictures and be sure to note that giant scuff on the front of his left shoe. Yuck right?

Well, I took the KIWI Suede & Nubuck Cleaner out of the basket they arrived in and I sprayed it all over these shoes. I then took out one of my clean rags and wiped all the cleaner away. They looked great! It really made them shine again and they looked so clean. The scuff was still there and so were some stains that I had hoped might disappear, but I figured those were pretty much permanent.

I went ahead and followed up with two coats of the KIWI Suede & Nubuk Protector. It took just a minute or two to dry in between coats. The whole time to clean and protect took me less than 10 minutes. So easy and perfect for a busy mom to work into her schedule( or a hubby who wants clean shoes :) I could tell the coat of protection was there and it made me feel good about those shoes.

Here is the after shot:













Pretty great, huh?




Next, I tried the KIWI Express Cream Polish. I was going to try this on my pair of boots, but then I realized I had the perfect shoe to test this on-that nasty scuff on hubby's dress shoes!

Here is a reminder:












I opened the Polish, squeezed a little of it out, and lightly smoothed it over the scuff mark. It covered it very easy and took just a tiny bit of polish. The KIWI Express Cream Polish comes with a built in sponge to help you smooth it over the shoe. That is seriously ALL I did and check out the results in the after picture!













This is the product I was most amazed by. You truly could not tell there was ever a scuff on that shoe. I was just plain shocked! Hubby was surprised too. He couldn't believe it was just gone after being on his shoe for so long. This is my favorite product- a miracle worker! LOL

Now I was on to my boots:



Nothing real exciting about these shoes, but they could use a little pick-me-up, so I decided to try out the KIWI Express Shine Sponge. I grabbed a shoe and just lightly smoothed the sponge over the entire surface. It was not messy and very easy to use. It took me about a minute to rub the sponge over one of the shoes entirely and then move on to the next. After I was done, I couldn't believe the shine. The black color on them was brilliant. My shoes were gorgeous! I think they even looked better than when I bought them new a couple years ago!

After using the Kiwi Express Shine Sponge:













I am starting to really feel like I am making a difference in these shoes...and then I realize it...the dreaded tennis shoes are next. Before you see this picture just remember, I wear these almost day in and day out. I am a mom who LIVES in her tennis shoes. They are about 3 yrs old and still have a lot of wear in them by my standards. That said, here they are:
















This time I used the KIWI Fast Acting Cleaner. You just shake, spray and let it foam on your shoe for about 10 seconds, then you rub it away with a cloth. Easy enough, right? As soon as I wiped the foam away I could see that my shoes were whiter and brighter. The can also has a built in scrubber right on top, to help get the caked in dirt out. My shoes are cracked in some areas and the cleaner did really well to get into those tiny nooks and crannies. I wished it could have cleaned the rubber around the bottom edges a little better, or at least made them whiter, but it did well with as much filth as there was on my shoes. They were pretty bad.
So, without further ado, here they are!
The after shot-note the whiteness of them:













As my shoe-cleaning adventure came to an end, I was pretty happy with the results. My total cleaning time did not exceed 30 minutes, and I have to say it was time well spent. I think this kit would be a great item for every family to have-especially those on a budget. These products are made to help our shoes last. I know my hubby's shoes were looking worn before, but now they are shiny and you would never even know he had a huge scuff mark on them. My boots are a brilliant black color and they look brand new again, better than brand new! My tennis shoes are going to have to last me a lot longer and I am happy with the way they look now. A lot of that dirt is gone and they look a lot newer than they did before. It doesn't look like I was recently playing in mud! These products really WILL save you money if you use them as needed and even the shoe protector I used at the beginning will help defend your shoes against the weather elements. These are truly wonderful products!

Now, one lucky reader will be able to give them a test of their own and see just how much money they can save with these products! I am hosting a giveaway for a gift basket of ALL of these products!! Here is a picture of what you can win:
















Enter to win!

You must do the first and mandatory entry and then you can choose any or all of the following options and enter by commenting at the bottom of this post.
Please do not post duplicate entries. I will not accept them and if I find anyone is doing that, they will be banned from this and any future giveaways.

Mandatory entry! Visit www.kiwicare.com , check out all of the products they offer and leave a comment telling me which product would be most beneficial to your family and why. Please leave your first name and e-mail address you wish to be contacted at in each entry. ( Write it out like this: Bob AT bobsville DOT com to avoid spammers)

Optional extra entries-leave a separate comment for each one:

1. Become a follower of my blog(on the right sidebar here)

2. Follow me on Twitter

3. Tweet about the giveaway- only one tweet will go towards the giveaway:
" RT @tigpooh1516 Enter to win a KIWI Shoe Protector Kit from SAHM Frugal Finds and Reviews! http://bit.ly/9XR3OW ends 2/27"

4. Become an e-mail subscriber of my blog-be sure to tell me the e-mail you use to subscribe with.

5. Leave a comment on any of my blog posts-be sure to mention which one you commented on-max. of 3 entries

Good luck everyone!


Contest ends Saturday, February 27th at 11:59 p.m. EST. I will use random.org to choose the winner. Winner will be contacted on February 28th and will have 48 hrs to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Product was provided in exchange for review, but all of the opinions and experiences are all my own. I only do honest reviews on my blog.

One Response to "KIWI Shoe Protector Product Kit Review and Giveaway!"

  1. Eva Says:

    KIWI Suede & Protector Cleaner would be awesome! I was actually looking for this at the store the other day. As many know, I live in Indiana. It's cold and wet here. As cute as suede boots are, it just breaks my heart to see the salt damage them. I was told this would keep them looking new longer.

  1. Renee L. Says:

    The KIWI Suede & Protector would be most ideal for my family, but I do have to admit that I'm sort of at a toss up between it and the KIWI Suede & Protector Cleaner. I think I'd just have to have them both!

  1. dstam015 Says:

    KIWI Fast Acting cleaner is best for me. White tennis shoes are the hardest to keep clean.

  1. Renee L. Says:

    Comment left on Skin MD blog. Thanks!

  1. Renee L. Says:

    Comment left on Frugal Recipe blog. Thanks!

  1. Doodle741 Says:

    I would try the paste polish.

    Sara c/o Dana

    residentmayor at satx.rr dot com

  1. Doodle741 Says:

    Tweeted! http://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/9577124204

    Sara c/o Dana

    residentmayor at satx.rr dot com

  1. Ashley @ Bride on a Budget Says:

    I would love to try their insoles.

    navybaby1113 (at) gmail (dot) com

  1. Megan: Says:

    The Fast Acting Cleaner would be perfect. We do lots of running outside on the trails and it would be great to use on our shoes right before we come into the house! Great giveaway!

  1. Shannon Says:

    I would like the Express Shine Sponge. We're usually rushing when getting ready for church or a big event, so a quick shine would be ideal.

    waterchic83@yahoo.com

  1. Shannon Says:

    Comment posted on Frugal Recipe No. 1

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  1. Shannon Says:

    Comment on Disney on a Budget.

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  1. Emily Says:

    Emily Ferons
    mrs.ferons AT gmail DOT com

    I would get the express shine sponge.

  1. Emily Says:

    I became a follower of your blog.

    mrs.ferons at gmail dot com

  1. Emily Says:

    I left a comment on frugal recipe number one.

    mrs.ferons at gmail dot com

  1. katidyd Says:

    I would especially like to try the KIWI Express Cream Polish. We have lots of scuffed shoes in the house. If the results are even close to yours I would be thrilled!!
    Caitlin - katidyd at hotmail dot com

  1. julia Says:

    I like to use the Protect all on all my shoes, from my faux leather mary janes to runners, that little bit of water resistance helps a lot. Thanks!

    sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

  1. t Says:

    I would like to try the "Instant Wax Shine" because in my opinion, it's very important to take care of my shoes properly!

    ilovetoshop AT hotmail DOT com

  1. t Says:

    I'm following this blog!

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  1. t Says:

    I'm following on twitter!!

    ilovetoshop AT hotmail DOT com

  1. Tori Says:

    outdoor mink oil is a product we could most use my husband has been wanting to use mink oil on his new and old pairs of hiking boot.
    Tori
    vrtheriot at gmail dot com

  1. Tori Says:

    I aqm following
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  1. Emily Says:

    My family needs the Suede and Nubuck Protector product. We wear oxford, and suede shoes and this product would be such a lifesaver!

    emily.p.britt at gmail dot com

  1. Emily Says:

    I am following

    emily.p.britt at gmail dot com

  1. Emily Says:

    I subscribed via email

    emily.p.britt at gmail dot com

  1. Marci Says:

    I would like to try the insoles for shoes that make my feet sore.
    june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

  1. Elaine Says:

    Definitely the Fresh Force!!! I"m getting tired of stinky shoes!!

    elainehearn@live.com
    clothedmuch.blogspot.com

  1. Courtney :) Says:

    The outdoor mink oil would be great dfor the boots in the family.

  1. Renee L. Says:

    Comment left on the Freebies Blog. Thanks!

  1. Renee L. Says:

    Following you on Twitter

  1. Renee L. Says:

    Became an e-mail subscriber of your blog.

  1. Renee L. Says:

    Posted a Tweet about your giveaway!

  1. jengd Says:

    The KIWI Suede & Protector Cleaner would be great for my husband's work shoes! jgerwigdively at hotmail dot com

  1. Carol W. Says:

    The Sport Renovator and the Express 3-in-1 Gel Cleaner would both be useful around here. Our white leather sneakers look so filthy!

    wolfcarol451(at)gmail(dot)com

  1. Carol W. Says:

    I follow with Google Friend Connect.

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  1. Carol W. Says:

    I'm an email subscriber.

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  1. Jolee Says:

    Paste polish would (and does!) help preserve the life of our shoes that cross the line into "investment." ;-) joleehamlin@comcast.net

  1. NGS Says:

    I'm looking at my boots right now and they are in desperate need of some polishing. I spent a good penny on them and they are already looking a bit beat up by the winter salt and snow. I think the Parade Gloss is just what I need!

  1. Lindsay Says:

    The express shine sponge for sure to clean all of the shoes we wear to work!

  1. catchme134 Says:

    The suede & nubuck cleaner would be great, especially after this winter! I was caught in the winter slush more than a few times in my suede boots.

    catchme134 AT yahoo DOT com

  1. Carapace Says:

    I'd love to try some leather dye! Got a few pieces that just need some touching up.

    I've always used Kiwi- it's so fun to clean shoes! But I've never redyed them.

    carapacenator(at)gmail.com

  1. Michelle Says:

    I think the fast acting cleaner would be most used in our house. We wear tennis shoes all the time - to work, to play, to work out... Our shoes get dirty!

    mandm_2002 at hotmail dot com

  1. wigget Says:

    we could really use the sport exress 3-in-1 gel cleaner because ever member of the family wears sneakers

  1. bellivas Says:

    the express shine sponge for sure !
    bellivas@yahoo.gr

  1. DEBIJOT Says:

    I would like to try Fresh Force. With all the sneakers sitting all around, this would be welcome.

  1. DEBIJOT Says:

    follow you on twitter - debijot

  1. Eva Says:

    I follow the blog.

  1. Eva Says:

    I follow your tweets.

  1. Eva Says:

    I commented on Domino's.

  1. Eva Says:

    I commented on the frugal recipe. Though, I'm still hurt that I didn't get a muffin.

  1. Eva Says:

    I commented on the freebie section.

  1. Renee L. Says:

    I follow with Google Friend Connect.

  1. Dana Says:

    I love their products because I own alot of leather!
    I subscribed and tweet is in thanks to Doodle lol

  1. Dana Says:

    I commented on the Skin MD lotion review!Sounds nice! :)

  1. Renee L. Says:

    First, I'd like to say that I love that I won this giveaway! I received my product within like 2 days (WOW!) and was pleasantly surprised when I opened the package. It was wrapped so cute in a veil-like material with pretty ribbons. :)

    I've only had the chance to use the KIWI Sport Fast-Acting Cleaner, but I'm very impressed! While out with family yesterday, we opted to walk some wooded trails and ended up strolling through mud. My sons' new white tennis shoes were now very messy and dark. I really thought that the only thing I could do would be to replace them.

    I was very surprised when I whipped out this nifty little white can at home and sprayed those shoes clean! It whitened where there was no white anymore; used minimal scrubbing and had no over-powering scent. Plus, it dried very fast! Very impressed. This will continue to be a staple in my house from here on. Thank you KIWI for such a simple, yet very effective product! This little can should save me lots in shoes!