Many Moons ago, When I was a young whippersnapper in the ACF my Mother purchased for me some boot polish from a local market it was called 'Golden Rooster'
It was next to useless in normal polishing, it having the effect of painting your boots Matt Black and refused to be buffed up to a shine. so it was 'hidden' to avoid hurting a mothers feelings.
Cue a few months later It was Saturday Night, I was Bulling my boots for Rememberance Sunday, Having Finished the one boot I ran out of Kiwi Parade Gloss to do the other one, the only Polish available on that late Hour was this Golden Rooster. I used it and found that it was excellent! It bulled up very easily much to my surprise!
I used that Polish quite a lot for bulling purposes only Kiwi been my choice for general polishing. It always delivered but alas could never find anymore for sale anywhere!At that point I was involved with a ACF Corp of Drums and Had many Functions where the 'Golden Rooster' provided the goods.
Saying that when it went Kiwi Parade Gloss was the Prefered polish of Choice.
Kiwi has always been my polish of choice - especially Kiwi Elite. Carefully applied (i.e. lots) and buffed up gently, it gave a fairly high gloss to work boots. It also saved time on best boots because it filled in scratches and creases very easily - I'd alternate layers of Parade Gloss and Elite. (But you must leave the Elite at least 12 hours to dry before buffing it).
Cherry Blossom is reputed to be better than Kiwi for keeping the wet out of your boots, so would be the better of the two for exercises.
BUT, and this is a word of warning passed down to me from Old Man Puttees (as an ex-shoe repairer, he should know), check the thread used for the stitching in the boots. Army boots traditionally use linen thread and so should use natural polishes (Kiwi or Cherry Blossom etc.) or dubbin. Many hiking boots use man-made fibre thread and so should have man-made waterproofing materials (e.g. silicone sprays etc).