October 7


How to Polish Your Shoes like a Pro

By Teddy

October 7, 2022

Let’s face it, first impressions matter. You never get a second chance to make a good one, so it’s important that you put your best foot forward–literally. One of the easiest ways to up your style game is to make sure your shoes are always polished and shining.

A well-polished pair of shoes can make all the difference in your appearance. Unfortunately, too many people either don’t know how to polish their shoes properly or simply don’t bother. If you’re in need of a crash course on shoe polishing, look no further! In this post, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about getting that mirror shine on your leather shoes.

What You’ll Need 

  • shoe polish (test a small hidden area first to check for colorfastness) 
  • soft cloth 
  • horsehair brush 
  • old toothbrush 
  • buffing cloth (optional)

Before we jump into the step-by-step guide, let’s go over the supplies you’ll need to polish your shoes. You’ll need the following items:

How to Choose the Right Shoe Polish.

Anyone who has polished their shoes knows that not all shoe polishes are created equal. Some are better suited for smooth leather, while others work better on suede. Some contain different colors of pigment, while others are clear. With so many options to choose from, how can you be sure you’re picking the right shoe polish? First, consider the type of leather you’re working with. If you’re unsure, always err on the side of caution and choose a polish that is safe for all types of leather. Next, take a look at the color of the polish. If you want a natural look, go for a clear polish. If you want to add a touch of shine, pick a polish with a slight shimmer. For a more formal look, choose a black or brown shoe polish. Finally, think about how much time you want to spend polishing your shoes. If you’re short on time, choose a spray-on shoe polish that will give your shoes a quick and easy shine. Whichever shoe polish you choose, be sure to follow the instructions on the label for best results.

We recommend using a good quality wax-based polish likemelon or black shoe polish. Avoid using cream polishes, as they tend to rub off easily.

Step 1: Prep Your Shoes 

Once you have all the necessary supplies, it’s time to prepare your shoes for polishing. Start by giving them a good once-over to remove any dirt or debris. Then, apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol to an old toothbrush and use it to scrub away any stubborn dirt that remains. Take a damp cloth and wipe the shoes with clean and allow them to air dry completely before proceeding to the next step.

Step 2: Apply the Polish 

The best way to apply shoe polish is with a soft cloth or brush. First, take the lid off the shoe polish and dip your cloth or brush into the can. Then, begin applying the polish to your shoes in small circular motions, covering the entire surface evenly. Once you’ve applied a thin layer of polish, allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes so it can fully penetrate the leather.

Step 3: Buff It Out 

After the initial layer of polish has had a chance to set, it’s time to start buffing your shoes until they boast a gorgeous mirror shine! To do this, simply take a clean, soft cloth and rub it vigorously against the surface of your shoes in small circular motions. It may take some elbow grease but keep at it until you’ve achieved the desired level of shine. Once you’re satisfied with the result, allow your newly polished shoes to dry completely before wearing them again.

Buffing can be a bit time-consuming, but trust us when we say it’s worth it! Just look at that shine!


And there you have it! Now you know how to keep your shoes looking their best with a little elbow grease (and shoe polish). So go out there and make those first impressions count!

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