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How To Polish Your Dress Shoes

January 30, 2018


Gents, taking good care of your leather dress shoes is important in the context of creating an image and a brand that speaks to how you take care of yourself!  By maintaining a good shoe polishing routine you can be assured that your shoes will always look clean and shiny and improve the overall look of your appearance, sending the RIGHT message to those around you.  It will also help your shoes last longer by adding a layer of protectant to the leather.


The tools you will need include:

  • microfiber cloths

  • leather shoe cleaner/conditioner

  • shoe polish 

  • scuff cover

  • polishing brush

  • express shoe shine sponge


In this video I have used Kiwi brand shoe polishing products which I find helps achieve a very nice and lasting polish. Make sure you use a separate set of polishing/cleaning tools for different colour shoes (i.e. black, light brown, dark brown)


Now follow these steps to achieve an immaculate shoe shine:


  1. Remove surface dirt - blow off any surface dirt then wipe the shoe with a microfiber cloth

  2. Clean and condition - using the clean side of your microfiber cloth to apply cleaner and remove the dirt and grime

  3. Apply shoe polish - turn your microfiber cloth inside out (clean side) and now apply a generous layer of polish to the leather and side of the soles - let sit for 5-10 minutes to absorb.

  4. Shine the shoe - next polish the shoe aggressively with the polishing brush then use a new microfiber cloth to achieve more shine

  5. Apply top layer shine (optional) - use the express shoe shine sponge to apply on top of the polished shoe for an immaculate shine and added layer of leather protection


Thanks for watching and COMMENT BELOW and let me know what other tips and tricks you use to polish your dress shoes!

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