How To Make Your Leather Shoes Shine

How To Make Your Leather Shoes Shine

How to polish leather shoes. Hello and welcome to Videojug. We’re at James
Taylor and Son a Bespoke Shoemakers in London.Owner Peter Schweiger is going to show us the best
way to clean and polish leather shoes. Step One: You will need: Shoe polish that
matches your shoes, two shoe brushes, a soft cloth, and some old newspapers.You might also
need an old nail brush, a sponge, a little water, some rubber glue, shoe trees, and some
crepe rubber or a pencil eraser. Step Two: Clean. First put down some newspaper
and remove the laces. This makes the shoes easier to polish. If your shoes are a bit
dirty, brush off any mud with an old nail brush. Wipe with a damp sponge if the dirt
is not lifting. If your shoes are very dirty, clean with some water. Work all the way around,
from toe to heel, covering the side of the soles as well. Then leave to dry naturally.
Top Tip: Only polish shoes that are absolutely dry. Damp shoes won’t absorb the polish in
the same way. Step Three: Deal with scuffs and scratches
before polishing. If the leather has lifted at all, repair with a thin layer of rubber
based glue under the tear. Leave it to dry off for a few seconds, then smooth the leather
back over. Top Tip: Roll the side of a pen under the tear to completely smooth it back
into place. This will create a better finish than if you use your fingers. Remove any excess
glue with a little crepe rubber or a pencil eraser. If there are any deep scratches , fill
with a little wax polish before the next stage. Step Four: Wax On. Shoe polish is available
in wax or creme. Always go for wax as it is more durable. Take a brush and circle it around
the edge of the tin, picking up a little on the bristles. Don’t scoop it out from the
middle, as it will dry out, wasting the polish at the side. Apply the polish by rubbing in
small circular motions. Work your way around until the whole shoe is covered. Then leave
them, allowing the shoes to absorb the polish.The longer you leave them the better, ideally
overnight. Step Five: Wax Off. To get the wax off, use
the bigger, softer brush to remove excess polish from the shoes. Work with a rapid back
and forth action to buff the leather. you will see that the shoes gradually begin to
shine. The more you work them, the shinier they will be. Step Six :Bulling. If you want to create a
really high shine, dip a soft cloth in the polish, then apply to the shoe in small circles.
This is called bulling. Keep working, the longer you work, the higher the shine. Then
use the second, soft brush to buff. Step Seven: Re lace. To prevent your laces
from coming undone, tie in normal bow, then use one lace end to tie a simple knot around
one of the bows. This will secure it, but still be easy to untie when you want. Step Eight: Maintenance. When not wearing
your shoes, try to keep them on a shoe tree. This will stop the vamps, the part of the
front of your shoe, from becoming creased. You should aim to polish your shoes at least
once a month, then they will only need a quick brush before wearing. Done.

12 thoughts on “How To Make Your Leather Shoes Shine”

  1. just for future reference…though there ARE some of us that are lazy, not all Americans are lazy, i polish my leather shoes every Sunday before the start of the work week. just because that is what people associate with Americans, it doesn't mean that all of us are lazy.

  2. Well said. I was looking for simple polish instruction and I see these videos like 14 minutes long going into the history of leather shoes, uggh..

  3. Off to polishing my boots Although their combat boots, same deal I guess. Winter does some sad things to your shoes. 

  4. Arden Wild Fst Blue and Brown leather shoes combination blue leather with a s fling of cute pawprints

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