How to Shine Your Shoes the Right Way
By Ebuka Uzonwanne
A key component of caring for leather dress shoes is a great shoe shine. When dressing for formal events, a pair of carefully shined shoes is a definite must. Just this small detail can give your outfit a more put together and proper feel.
Essential show shine supplies
Shoe polish:Be sure to match the polish to the color of your shoe’s leather as closely as possible. (If you are really unsure, use a neutral or uncolored polish, although it will add only shine, not add color).
Clean Rag:You’ll use this for cleaning your shoe and wiping off excess polish
Horsehair Brush: We recommend brushes that are specifically designed for shoe shining. Horsehair brushes are the best because they are sturdy but soft enough to not scratch the leather. They also help raise the fibers of the leather to create a great surface for shining.
How to Shine Your Shoes
Step 1: Remove Laces: Remove the shoe laces to prevent getting polish on them.
Step 2: Clean Off Dust & Dirt: Use a dry brush to remove any dust and dirt from your shoes.
Step 3: Apply Polish:Add a dab of polish onto your polishing cloth. Apply your polish to the shoe surface with circular motions.
Step 4: Shine :Take the horsehair buffing brush and shine the entire shoe with quick side to side movements. A nice shine will start to come through.
Step 5: Dry and Re-lace:Allow your shoes to dry for 10 to 20 minutes. Once they’re completely dry, re-lace your shoes.