There aren’t many things that make a suit what it truly is than a pair of nice leather shoes. However, if you are going to go to the trouble of pairing the perfect shoe with your suit then you need to make sure that you not only look after them but also present them as best as possible so that they really shine.
This is a guide the is brought to you by someone who has had many years of polishing shoes to the top notch standard, just as you would expect if it were someone that had been in the military and were required to polish parade shoes on a regular basis.
First of all you need to ensure that you are dressed in clothes that you don’t mind if you get dirty, you don’t want to be in your best clothes.
First thing is to guarantee that you have the right kit. You are going to need some Kiwi shoe polish (do not even think about using any other). You will need two shoe brushes, some tepid water, a soft yellow duster and some cotton wool.
Preparing the surface – the first thing you need ensure is seal the leather and prepare it for polishing. Take your duster and gather quite a bit of shoe polish on it, so much so that you actually scrape the polish with your finger and really load your duster. Then smear this liberally all over the toe cap of your shoe so that you apply it really thickly.
Once you have covered the toe cap, next boil a kettle of water and pour boiling water over the polish so that it melts it. Once you have done this use your shoe brush to buff the surface until you get a dull shine. This will leave you with a ready surface and you can repeat the process with the other shoe.
Next, take a small amount of polish on to your duster, drop a bit bit of tepid water on to the toe cap and then work the polish in with a slow circular action. Breathe on the surface to add moisture and keep polishing in a circular motion until you have worked all of the polish in.
After a while you will start to see a shine, and so all you have to do is repeat the above process of adding a little more polish, a drop of tepid water and then work the polish in, whilst breathing on the surface to add moisture to the surface that you are working on.
Once you have a nice shine you can stop and finish off the surface by using some wet cotton wool to lightly clean the surface and polish out any minor scratches
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