Best Way to Shine Shoes

Best Way to Shine Shoes

I received this question from a reader:

What’s the best way to shine shoes?

This is what I shared with them:

Start by removing dirt and old polish with shoe cream or cleaning fluid. Remember to scrape out the hard-to-reach spots with a soft toothbrush or a nailbrush.

Next, apply a leather conditioner to moisturize the leather, then use a rag to rub in a layer or two of wax. Choose a wax or cream polish that matches your shoes or let the natural tint shine through by using a neutral-colored one. Polish the wax with a brush, then follow with a damp rag for a beautiful “spit shine” look.

Between polishes, rub your shoes gently with a clean cloth or brush to maintain the shine.

J Kent Erickson
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