How To Polish Shoes

How To Polish Shoes. A well-kept shoe can do wonders for your overall appearance. It also helps extend the life of one’s favorite footwear. Alas, in these modern times no one was taught about shining shoes at an early age which led to an increased lack of appreciation for them. This leaves many people walking around outside or even just inside their homes with poorly shined shoes that are hardly fit for impressing anyone else or themselves.

To make sure you’re putting your best foot forward every day, we went ahead and compiled this simple DIY guide to taking care of your footwear. Trust us when we say this helps pay off when it comes to achieving all those things you’ve been striving for in life – from landing a great job and being named Best Dressed at the office, all the way up to finding lasting love (and everything in between).  After years of wearing those shoes, here’s how you can keep them looking brand new

Gather Supplies

One of the most essential steps before beginning a shoe-polish project is acquiring all necessary supplies. Even though it may seem obvious, it’s easy to overlook. There are many types of polish available; some work better than others depending on what style you’re looking for.

Cream and wax-based polishes generally provide more nourishment to leather shoes while liquid versions work well as a short-term solution rather than something that lasts long term. When applying polish make sure to choose one in your desired color so they match! It should be noted that black works best on black, brown on brown, etcetera.

After choosing your favorite color of polish, it’s now time to pick out a proper applicator. If you want to save money, we recommend cutting up an old shirt or cloth rag you have at home and grabbing some cotton swabs or an old toothbrush. While the cloth is used for applying most of the polish on the shoe, the swab is great for getting at hard-to-reach places where there are crevices.

What you need:

For those of you who don’t want to invest in expensive shoe polishers – there are some cheaper alternatives. There are stiff-bristled brushes specifically designed for this purpose, and they often come packaged together with the appropriate materials within a kit.

Pricing ranges from affordable (yet still quality) products to pricier ones that offer additional materials such as leather oil or silver wax. Regardless of what type of brush you choose, we highly recommend having a soft-bristled brush on hand for cleaning up polish around edges when finished; it will also give them an extra shine after wiping them off.

Additionally, if possible – order yourself a spare cotton rag or chamois cloth before beginning so that you can quickly clean off any excess wax after finishing your polishing routine. And make sure to always have plenty of old newspapers available in case something spills over during your polish job!

Apply Polish

First, you need to make sure your shoes are clean and free of dust or lose particles by wiping them with a damp cloth. You can also take off your laces if they’re made from string to dry for when you start polishing. Next, it’s time for some real fun.

Start out by putting a little polish onto your old T-shirt (or bristly brush) and apply the polish using small circular motions until it evenly spreads across both shoes. Apply enough pressure that you don’t miss any spots but not so much where it starts leaking over the edges. Make sure to be careful when brushing around high-wear areas such as heels or toes—these will take more elbow grease than other parts of the shoe.

As mentioned above, the easiest way to polish hard-to-reach spots is with a cotton swab or an old toothbrush. However, it isn’t necessary to do this until after you’ve polished all of the surface area. This is most helpful when polishing around an object such as a tongue or along the edge of an upper.

After applying your first coat allow the shoe plenty of time to dry before applying another coat – two if you want them extra dark in color. It takes several coats for deep colors (especially red) so don’t try coating everything at once – that can lead to uneven coverage and too much work!

Now, with your chosen color set firmly in place and shining brightly, you can start to brush off any excess bits of polish. Be gentle at first but don’t be afraid to really go for it; the heat created from a good brushing will warm up and absorb the new color much better than just leaving it alone.

Time to Shine

When the polish has been applied, your shoes only need to be buff-shined. To ensure the shoe remains well-polished, use a rag or chamois to wipe off the entire surface. This helps put some extra glow back into the leather while giving an even smoother finish. As an optional step (though not one you need to do), feel free to add a spit-shine; this just means spraying some water on your footwear before buffing them dry with your rag or chamois material – it doesn’t mean spitting directly on them!

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