A good shoe shine doesn’t just elevate your overall appearance but extends the life of your shoe. Polish Etiquette is an essential everyday skill
Shoe polishing is not a common topic for discussion these days. It isn’t exactly a course taught in the university or a skill considered valuable to be passed on by parents.
To help you present the best version of yourself daily as you step out to create long lasting impressions of yourself.
We’ve put together 3 easy steps to guide you. These steps could payoff later i.e the best dressed staff of the month. Without further ado let’s dive in.
It’s a 3 step DIY
Step 1: Supplies
It’s only imperative that you begin by gathering of supplies, get the best supplies according to the kind of polish to use. Polishes are available in cream, liquid and wax and they influence the shoe in various ways respectively.
Cream and wax tend to be heavier which makes them more suitable for leather shoes as they improve their waterproof abilities. Liquid polish is best for a quick shine and not for long lasting effect like wax. A polish color which matches the color of the shoe to shine is essential.
After selecting your desired color, you then choose the right applicators. To avoid expense, an old t-shirt cut or a soft rag, an old toothbrush and cotton swabs will do.
The t-shirt cut is to apply the polish onto the larger parts of the shoe while the toothbrush is to get to the harder to reach places.
Highly recommended a chamois cloth and a long bristled soft brush. The brush helps clean the polish excess.
kiwi polishes are very good and they have a wide range from wax to liquid in as much colors as you want.
Step 2: Application
First, a quick wipe of the shoe to remove excess dirt or dust which could affect the polish process should be done. Do this using a damp cloth and we recommend you remove the shoe laces when doing this to allow quick dry.
Once dry, begin by dabbing a small amount of the polish onto the t-shirt cut or soft rag. Apply in small circular patterns using a considerable amount of pressure. Apply until the polish is evenly distributed.
(Note: Heavily worn areas may require more coats of polish so pay extra attention while near these spots).
Earlier said that cotton swabs and toothbrushes are best for hard to reach areas. This method is useful for space on the tongue of the shoe.
After application leave shoe to dry. If you desire a darker shade to your shoe or at certain parts of your shoe after it dries apply more coats of polish the the desired areas till the desired shade is achieved. Once achieved use the long bristled soft brush to remove excess polish, then leave to dry.
Step 3: The Shine
The final step between you and a fresh pair of perfect shined shoes is a simple buff. To give this buff, take the chamois cloth and work it across the entire surface of the polished shoe. This helps work the polish into the leather while adding a lustrous shine.
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Now with the polish etiquette you can go out there and be that human that everyone is talking about. Get that best dressed staff of the month or most stylish employee. With these steps the world is yours for the taking!!!
curated by Adelani Samuel