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How to Polish Shoes

How to Polish Shoes

How to Polish Shoes. You don’t have to know how to get them Army-regulation
shiny, but you should have some basic training. You will need Newspaper A shoe brush Clean
rags Shoe polish that matches your shoes And a lighter or matches A mild cleanser, like
saddle soap And a shoebox Newspaper A shoe brush Clean rags Shoe polish that matches
your shoes And a lighter or matches A mild cleanser, like saddle soap and a shoebox. Step 1. Put down some newspaper where you are going
to work. Step 2. Take out the laces and use the shoe brush
to remove any dirt from the exterior of your shoes. Step 3. Wipe down your shoes with a damp clean cloth
to make sure they’re clean. If your shoes are especially dirty, you can
use a mild cleanser such as saddle soap. Step 4. Open a canister of shoe polish. Use a wax polish for a stronger shine—the
wax will protect the shoes and help prevent water damage if you wear them in the rain. Step 5. Wrap a clean rag around your index and middle
fingers, making sure that the rag is tight against the pads of your fingertips. Step 6. Dip your rag-covered fingertips into the shoe
polish and apply them to your shoe with a circular motion, about one to two inches in
diameter. Apply the first layer liberally, with lots
of shoe polish on your rag. Step 7. Spit on your shoe where you’ve just applied
polish. If the concept of spit-polished shoes revolts
you, sprinkle water on instead. Step 8. Rub the polish into your shoe with your rag-coated
fingers, moving them in a circular motion. Apply the polish evenly, and be sure to get
into all the creases. Step 9. As you rub the polish, you will notice “swirls”
appearing in the polished areas. When these swirls disappear, its time to move
on to a new area. Step 10. Apply, wet, and rub the polish on all the
other leather areas, until the whole shoe has had a layer of polish applied. Step 11. Add more layers of polish to your shoe, each
time using less polish, until your shoes are mirror shiny. If your shoes become dull again as fast as
you polish, you’re likely adding too much water. This is easily corrected by adding more polish
to absorb the water. Step 12. Brush the shoe very lightly with the shoe
brush to bring out the best shine. Step 13. Re-lace the shoes and let them dry in a cool
room or a shoebox, if available. Did you know In 2002, the U.S. Marine Corps
adopted new boots for its members that don’t require polishing.

Reader Comments

  1. Really, this is not the best way to treat a badly dried and scuffed boot depicted in this vid.
    The leather needs to be treated with conditioners like leather balm or mink oil. Saddle soap has a little bit of glycerin in it to condition, but the mild soap tends to dry the leather if not treated with balms or oils afterwards.

  2. The wax polish used directly over the naked leather scuff area will cover it and make it cosmetically pretty, but will also serve to dry and crack the leather further. Especially Kiwi Parade Gloss, which includes silicone for the high-shine. That is best used as an outer coat once layers have been built-up between it and the leather.
    What should be used first, in this case, is a cream polish like Meltonian, which will also help to dye the naked leather back to black.

  3. After an initial coat of cream polish, which will also help to keep the leather conditioned, then it is time to add wax polish. You got the 'spit shine' stuff correct, but if you want the military shine, a little Parade Gloss on the heel and toe cap will help it look great. Just make sure to strip that layer the next time you want to reapply more normal black wax polish, since it's not a good product to use as a 'base layer'

  4. Lastly, I'm not sure about the buffing brush you used. First, it's pretty small and the bristles are spaced pretty far apart. It looks more like a nail brush to me. A good buffing brush should be a good 5-10 inches with closely spaced horse hair bristles at least an inch and a half long.
    I'm not trying to be a pain in the ass, but people will look this thing up and may try this method to restore a shoe/boot, since this is pretty much what you're doing to this worn-down boot. Thank you.

  5. WARNING! any cadets watching this if you do not already know do NOT spit on your boots! the salts in your saliva will make them white!

  6. These new boots are the desert-camo and are yellow-colored therefore don't require polishing, correct?

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