The state of your footwear can be a badge of credibility and a yardstick to measure how responsible a man is without the wearer being aware. Nothing is as off-putting as a well groomed gent with unclean or unpolished shoes. The sloppiness or inattention to details it represents is one of those things people notice subconsciously.
Though with all of life’s activities, the thought of adding sometime as mundane as shoe polishing to our list of endless tasks can be annoying but it’s certainly worth your while. According to Fashion bean ‘Despite being hard work, polishing your own shoes can be quite therapeutic, so roll up those sleeves and get grafting’
Transform your drab lifeless leather into shining beacons of success by taking the time to gain knowledge of the proper know-how of shoe polishing can make the different in the lifespan of your shoes.
Steps to polish your shoes like a pros Listed here are six steps to polish your shoes like a pro according to popular men’s lifestyle magazine FashionBean.com
1. If the shoes have laces, remove them and brush off any surface dirt. If the shoes are wet, allow them to dry naturally away from any artificial heat first. If the shoes are particularly dirty, you can wipe them with a damp cloth.
2. Use an old rag to apply a thin layer of shoe cream all over and allow to dry. This nourishes the leather, keeps it supple and prevents cracking. Ensure you match the colour of your shoe cream to the leather, or you can use a neutral cream, which won’t provide such an intense colour-enhancing shine but will do the job.
3. Once dry, buff with a light brush or by rubbing gently with a cloth. You will now have a subtle sheen to the shoes.
4. It is vital that you clean the welts of the shoe. This is where the uppers are attached to the sole, and on better shoes there will be visible stitching (known as Goodyear welting). They are dust traps and should be brushed regularly. If the edges of the soles are scuffed, you can repair them with shoe cream as part of the steps above, or a marker pen.
5. Apply a wax polish using a brush or cloth, paying particular attention to the welts. This will give your shoes a deep shine but will also create a protective barrier from the elements. As with cream, you can use the same colour as your shoes or apply a neutral shade.
6. Once the wax polish has set, remove any excess with a brush or cloth. This should be done quite vigorously to create a good shine. At this stage you can put the laces back in safe in the knowledge you’ve done your job correctly.