How to shine shoes the right way
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▪ Set the stage. Lay out an old towel, set the shoes on top, and gather your tools, a cotton rag, and polish. If you take this task seriously, you can add years to the life of good shoes, so don’t cut corners.
▪ Clean first. Never apply polish before removing dirt and dust using a damp rag or, ideally, a horsehair brush. If you wet the leather, let it dry before proceeding.
▪ Apply polish. Using a soft cloth or a polish brush, spread polish on the leather in circular motions, then give the polish 15 minutes to dry.
▪ Buff. A horsehair brush is best for buffing, which removes excess polish, leaving just a thin film. If the toes and heels need detailing, reapply polish and buff as needed.
▪ Shine. Grab the rag by its ends and pull it quickly back and forth over the leather. That bonds the polish and leather and creates a mirror-like finish.