Though there are many low maintenance shoe options on the market today (such as rubber soles and faux leather), there’s still nothing quite lượt thích a well-made pair of leather dress shoes.

Quality leather not only looks better but will also last a lifetime when cared for properly. A key component of caring for leather dress shoes is a great shoe shine.

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When dressing for formal events, a pair of carefully shined shoes (ideally with some statement laces) is a definite must. Just this small detail can give your outfit a more put together & proper feel.

Giving your shoes a good shine does more than just make them look great, it also greatly extends their lifespan.

By learning how khổng lồ shine your own shoes, you will no longer need to lớn shy away from owning a pair of quality dress shoes.

Educate yourself with this video clip or scroll down for step by step visual & written instructions.

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How to lớn Shine Your Shoes

The Essential Shoe Shine Supplies:

Polishing Cloth: A soft polishing cloth is essential for shining your shoes. While you can buy a cloth specific for shoes, an old t-shirt wrapped around two fingers also makes a terrific polishing cloth.Clean Rag: You’ll use this for cleaning your shoe & wiping off excess polishWelt Brush: This smaller brush will help you scrub dirt out of the welt strip và allow you khổng lồ apply polish to lớn hard to reach areas. We recommend Saphir’s Pommadier Brush.You can also use an old toothbrush.A Cup of Water: For a “spit-shine” finish.

How to Shine Your Shoes

Get all your materials together so they’ll be close at hand. You may want khổng lồ cover the surface you’ll be working on with a towel or a newspaper, as the shoe shining process can potentially get messy.

Step 1: Remove Laces


Remove the shoelaces khổng lồ prevent getting polish on them.

Step 2: Fill Your Shoe


Insert a shoe tree or stuff the toe of your shoe with paper. This will give you a firm surface lớn work on.

Step 3: Clean Off Dust và Dirt


Use a dry brush khổng lồ remove any dust and dirt from your shoes. You can use the welt brush & water lớn get into small spaces, but make sure khổng lồ let the leather dry completely before moving on lớn the next step. Scrub the welt of any dirt or grime with your small brush.


Give your shoes a thorough inspection before moving khổng lồ the next step because lingering dirt specks can scratch the leather while shining. Wipe them off with a clean, dry rag.

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Step 4: Apply Polish


Add a dab of polish onto your polishing cloth. Apply your wax polish to lớn the shoe surface with circular motions. This causes friction that slightly melts the wax & allows it khổng lồ spread more evenly.


Add more polish as needed. Continue until the shoe has a waxy matte look to it.

Step 5: Don’t Forget the Welt


Use the welt brush or a toothbrush lớn apply polish to lớn the welt, heel và any other neglected areas. Allow the polish khổng lồ dry for about 10 minutes.

Step 6: Buff


Take the horsehair buffing brush và buff the entire shoe with quick side lớn side movements. A nice shine will start lớn come through.

Step 7: Wipe


Wipe off any excess wax using a rag, making sure every part of the shoe gets equal love. Wait at least 10 minutes before moving lớn the next step.

Step 8: Spit Shine


Finish off your shoes with a signature “spit-shine” finish. To start, use your finger lớn place a droplet of water on the shoe.


With the polishing cloth, rub a small amount of polish into the water droplet in fast, small circles. Repeat this process around the whole shoe.


With similar fast movements, wipe down your shoe with a dry section of the polishing cloth. Repeat the “spit shine” stage once or twice lớn your liking.

Step 9: Dry & Re-lace


Allow your shoes to lớn dry for 10 to trăng tròn minutes. Once they’re completely dry, re-lace your shoes. If you’d like to liven up your favorite shoes, try adding some colorful shoelaces or a new lacing style .

Watch the complete shoe shining process:

Wear your newly shined shoes with pride.We recommend a shining them once a week depending on the frequency of wear. If you only wear your dress shoes occasionally, we recommend a shining them once a month or the night before you wear them. You’ll be surprised how much longer the shoes will last when you take proper care of them. Don’t forget khổng lồ pair them with the perfect tie!

Additional Shoe Maintenance Tips & Tricks

Follow these tips and tricks to keep your shoes looking lượt thích new even longer.

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If your leather shoes have absorbed some of the salty slush of winter, showroom a teaspoon of white vinegar into a cup of warm water & use a cloth lớn dab away salt stains before shining.Place cedar shoe trees in your shoes lớn maintain their shape between wearings.Always use a shoe horn when putting on your shoes. This vastly extends the life of the heels by preventing bending & deterioration of the heel structure.Applying water và stain protectors routinely can further protect the leather from the elements.If the leather of your shoes is really dried out and scuffed, use a shoe conditioner to lớn nurse them back lớn health.

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