How to Polish Shoes

Learning how to polish shoes and then doing so on a regular basis is an important aspect to good shoe care, not to mention looking sharp!.

Quality mens shoes can be expensive but if cared for properly, they can last half a lifetime.

We've researched the many videos available out there in cyber land and have included what we think is one of the better, more thorough videos of polishing mens shoes.

Before reviewing the video, be sure to read our 10 steps to polishing shoes below.

How to Polish Shoes: Ten Steps

  1. Cover
  2. Lay out an old towel or a newspaper that will cover the surface you are polishing your shoes on. This will prevent shoe polish from staining the table or floor.

  3. Remove Laces
  4. Remove the laces from your shoes if they are not loafers

  5. Clean & Condition Shoes
  6. Prior to polishing, be sure you remove dust, dirt & debris from you shoes by using a damp cloth and wiping them down. You can also use leather conditioner as shown in the video

  7. Apply Polish
  8. Apply matching polish to your shoes with a cotton cloth (old T-shirt) or a horse hair applicator brush. Apply evenly over the entire leather upper.

  9. Wait
  10. Allow at least 10 Min for the polish to absorb and dry. If you are polishing more than 1 pair of shoes just apply to all shoes and then in the same order move to the buffing step

  11. Buff
  12. Buff your polished shoes with a soft bristled horsehair brush. Brush briskly to a nice shine

  13. Reapply Polish: Toe & Heel
  14. Make a second polish application particularly to the heel & toe as these are the most visible and usually the areas in most need of attention

  15. Rebuff
  16. Buff again with the soft bristled horsehair brush, bring to a high shine.

  17. Shammy
  18. With a cotton buffing shammy, briskly draw the fabric back and forth as shown in the video below. This step finalizes the process bring your shoes to a clean crisp shine

  19. Lace & Insert Shoe Tree
  20. Re-lace your shoes if necessary and insert cedar shoe trees.

The following video covers these 10 steps nicely and also touches on shoe tips and proper shoe care. We're confident you'll get more from this video than most of the others out there...enjoy

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