Video:How to Polish Leather Shoeswith Jonathon E. Stewart
Have your favorite leather shoes been looking drab lately? It might be time to break out the polish. See how taking care of your leather shoes will make them last forever and bring back that shine.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Polish Leather ShoesHey guys - Jonathon Stewart here for About.com. What's the first thing people notice about you when you walk in a room? Is it your eyes, your hair, or your perfectly groomed eyebrows? Could be, but I'm here to tell you that all of these are followed by a very close second - your shoes. So they'd better be looking tip top - here are a few tips for polishing 'em up. Now go get your shine box - check it out.
Why Polish Leather Shoes?The best quality shoes are made of top grade leather, but if you don't take care of them, even the nicest leather can look terrible over time. Start by finding a workspace that's comfortable, but away from furniture or fabric that can be easily stained. You might even want to put down some newspaper or paper bags to make sure you don't get any shoe polish anywhere other than on your shoes, where it belongs.
Remove Dirt From the Leather ShoesThe first step is to make sure your shoes aren't dirty. After removing laces if you've got any, take a damp cloth or clean rag and wipe away any dust or debris clinging to your shoes. If they're particularly filthy, try using a saddle soap or other leather cleaner to properly prep your kicks. You may want to invest in a couple tools to help in polishing your shoes, which can include chamois or buffing cloths, polish applicators, shining brushes, and a shoe horn. But really, aside from the shining brush, you can count on an old cotton t-shirt to do the jobs of those other dudes.
Polish the Leather ShoesNext, evenly apply a generous amount of polish to your shoes with a clean cloth or applicator, though be sure not to cake it on. For tough to reach spots, try using a q-tip, especially near the seams to the sole. Once you've applied a first coat, allow the polish to dry for about fifteen minutes. Most times all you'll need is a single coat, but if you've never polished your shoes, or if they're in dire need of a shine, once you get through the next steps, you may need to go back and touch up the spots that need it most.
Buff the Leather ShoesNext, use your shoe brush to get rid of any polish that hasn't been absorbed by the leather of your shoes. Use a clean q-tip once again to get the tight spots, and don't stop until you've wiped off all the polish. Finally, take a clean cloth or chamois and buff your polish to a shine.
With a just a little practice, you just might be able to get your shoes looking like mirrors. And you'll be all grown up and doing the town. You know, my grandfather always said, when it comes to clothes - invest in your belts and your shoes. God ones are essential to looking your best, and if you treat them well, they'll last you. That's why I've been wearing the same belt since I was 12.
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