How To Shine Shoes? Do you feel excited to get your winter boots back but ashamed by their worn-out appearance?
Gentlemen, do you adore a particular pair of dress shoes but feel they need some TLC? Do-it-yourselfers can give the leather a new lease of life using common household items. These are some of the unusual solutions.
The Essential Shoe Shine Supplies:
You have two options when it comes to shoe polish. The type of finish you desire will determine whether you choose a wax or cream polish. A cream polish will give leather less shine, but it will moisturize the leather as it absorbs. Cream polish can affect leather’s color.
Wax polish will protect and add shine to the leather. Match the polish as closely as you can to your shoe’s color. If you’re unsure, you can use a neutral polish or uncolored polish. However, it will only add shine and not color. For that classic look, Bshoe recommends wax polishes (like the one we have shown here).
For shining your shoes, a soft polishing cloth will be necessary. You can purchase a specific cloth for shoes, but a t-shirt wrapped around your two fingers makes a great polishing cloth.
This is for wiping off polish and cleaning up your shoes.
Horsehair Buffing Brush. We recommend brushes specifically made for shoe shining, such as Alden’s Natural Brush. Because they are strong but not too soft to scratch leather, horsehair brushes are the best. They can also be used to raise the leather fibers, creating a beautiful surface for shining.
You can read more about How To Clean Leather Shoes
The Welt Brush
This small brush can be used to scrub the welt strip of dirt and apply polish to difficult-to-reach areas. We recommend the Saphir’s Pommadier Brush. An old toothbrush can be used.
A Cup of Water: To get a “spit shine” finish
How to shine shoes
Gather all of your materials together and keep them close at hand. As the shoe-shining process can be messy, you might want to cover your work surface with a towel or newspaper.
Step 1: Take out the laces
To prevent polish from getting on the shoes, take off the shoelaces
Step 2: Fill your Shoe
You can either make a shoe tree or stuff your shoe’s toe with paper. This will provide a solid surface on which to work.
Step 3: Get rid of dust and dirt.
To remove dirt and dust from shoes, use a dry brush. To reach small areas, you can use a wet brush and water. However, be sure to allow the leather to dry completely before proceeding to the next step. Use a small brush to clean the welt.
Before you move on to the next step, make sure your shoes are thoroughly inspected. Use a dry, clean rag to wipe them off.
Step 4: Apply Polish
Use a small amount of polish to polish your cloth. Use circular motions to apply your wax polish on the shoe’s surface. This creates friction, which slightly melts the wax and makes it spread more evenly.
As needed, add more polish. Continue polishing until the shoe is matte and waxy.
Step 5: Do not Forget the World
Apply polish to the heel, welt, and other areas that aren’t covered with polish. Allow the polish to dry for approximately 10 minutes.
Step 6: Buff
Use the horsehair buffing bristle to buff the entire shoe in quick side-to-side movements. You will notice a nice shine.
Step 7: Wipe
Use a rag to remove any wax. Make sure that every part of your shoe is treated equally. Do not move to the next step without waiting at least 10 minutes.
Step 8: Spit Shine
Add a “spit-shine finish” to your shoes. Start by placing a droplet of water on your shoe with your finger.
Use the polishing cloth to rub a little bit of polish onto the water droplet. Do this in small, fast circles. Continue this process until the entire shoe is covered.
Use fast movements to wipe your shoes with a dry section on the polishing cloth. You can repeat the “spit shine stage” once or twice until you are satisfied.
Step 9: Dry and re-lace
Let your shoes dry for between 10 and 20 minutes. After your shoes are completely dried, lace them again. You can brighten up your shoes with colorful shoelaces and a new style of lacing.
You can wear your new shined shoes proudly. It is recommended that you shine your shoes once per week, depending on how often they are worn.
We recommend shining your dress shoes once a month if you only wear them occasionally. It will surprise you how long your shoes last if you take good care of them. Pair them with the right tie!
Additional Shoe Maintenance Tips & Tricks
These tips and tricks will help you keep your shoes looking new for longer.
Add a teaspoonful of white vinegar to a cup of warm, boiling water. Use a cloth to remove salt stains from leather shoes before shining.
To keep your shoes shaped between wears, place cedar shoe trees inside.
When putting on shoes, always use a shoehorn. This greatly extends the life expectancy of your heels and prevents bending or deterioration.
Leather can be further protected by applying water and stain protectors regularly.
To restore the leather in your shoes, if it is very dry and scuffed, you can use a shoe conditioner.
What’s The Difference Between Shoe Polish & Shoe Cream?
There are many shoe care products available on the market. Most men will lump all of them under the umbrella of “shoe polish”. Two main types of products that color or cover scratches on shoes are shoe cream and shoe wax (also known as carnauba and shoe wax).
Our favorite product is shoe cream. It shines and adds color while conditioning and adding moisture to your shoes. It is vital to add moisture to shoes. Leather is treated skin that dries over time.
Imagine having dry hands and not applying moisturizer. They would crack, and then the skin would become brittle. Shoes suffer the same fate, which is why shoe creams can be very effective in preventing this.
The shoe wax offers superior shine and protection against scuffs. It seals and protects leather. But here’s the problem: it builds up and dries out over time. When waxing leather, it’s important to concentrate your attention on the toe box, heel counter, and vamp. The vamp, however, does not crease.
When polishing shoes, you can use either cream or wax. You can polish shoes with either cream or wax. After buffing the cream, apply wax to the heel and toe of the shoe.
Should I Just Buy A Shoe Shine Kit?
A shoe shine kit is a great option if you’re new to shining shoes. These kits come with everything you need, including black and brown polish, conditioner, horsehair brushes, and a wooden box. They are also very affordable. You can save money buying a set rather than purchasing each item separately.
However, if your shoe shiner experience is extensive, it may make more sense to purchase new products a la carte.
How do you polish high shine shoes?
- Use Saphir Mirror Gloss. It is no secret: obtaining a mirror shine is a relatively time-consuming project. …
- Use a High Shine Chamois or a Cotton Ball.
- Rub your Chamois on a Surface to Clean Before Buffing.
- Use Alcohol in the Water. …
- Use a Blow Dryer.