Once you pass out buy some jacobien oak varnish, put maskers around the welts of your boots and at the end of your toe caps. Your toe cap must be fairly smooth...drip the varnish onto the centre of the toecap with a matchstick, its a long and labour intensive job but over the course of a fair few hours you will end up with a sparkily sheen of smooth, evenly coated, you cant beat it, never to be polished again brilliance....you dont think booties polish there toecaps before going on parade in blues do you?....just keep your toecaps covered with that second special sock between wearing them and they'll last for 20 years..Naval_Gazer said:Do you still have to bull your parade boots (i.e. polish till they gleam like mirrors) and use the back of a warm spoon to smooth out all the little dimples? You rub in tiny circles using a dab of polish on a damp duster and have to have the right type of spit - some people's is too acidic. It takes ages to do but it's a skill learned for life.
In the day's of cadets, we had one who passed out at Passing Out. We all groaned inwardly as he was dragged away with a person under each arm and his highly polished toe caps trailing across the parade ground - all that work gone to waste. Turned out he'd broken his jaw in three places but that's what comes from fainting to attention. It's the only acceptable way to do it!
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