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How to Properly Shine Your Shoes


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Shoe Shine 4I kid you not, until I was halfway through college, any time my shoes needed a polish, my parents suggested I use the can of Pledge that was in the closet.

As I got older and could afford nicer shoes I began getting my shoes polished professionally, a process that takes almost a dozen different steps and zero household cleaners.

Unfortunately spending about ten dollars every time your shoes need can be easily unavoidable.

Spic and Span

  • Before it comes time to actually polish your shoes, you need to make sure that they are actually clean. 
  • Find a soft, old cloth to use that is similar in material and thickness to an old t-shirt. 
  • Damp but do not soak the rag and rub over shoe to remove any excess dirt.
  • Wait until both shoes dry prior to moving on to the next step
Saddle Up
  • Saddle Soap is a great combination of mild soap and beeswax that'll help your shoes remain soft and hydrated.
  • Scoop a generous portion of saddle soap into your rag and apply to shoe in a circular motion until all of the soap is rubbed into the material
Down with the Shine
  • It is finally time to actually polish your shoes but before you start, it's important to know what type of polish you have. Even though your polish might be the same color as your shoes it may not be what you're looking for. 
    • If your polish is cream based it will transfer some of its color to the shoe
    • If your polish is wax-based it will simply shine the shoe without imparting color from the polish. 
  • Get a fresh cloth, scoop up some polish and apply to the shoe in a circular motion until the entire shoe is covered. It's important to cover the entire shoe but at the same time not having so much excess that it's difficult to rub it all in.
Buff It out
  • The final step in polishing your shoes is to buff the shoe vigorously which helps work the polish into the material and remove any additional excess.
  • In order to buff, find a soft bristled brush or cloth and go back and forth rapidly with a slight amount of pressure on the shoe. 

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