How to shine your shoes in 5 steps:
- Tuck the laces inside and behind the tongue of the shoe.
- Take your brush and do a quick sweep all over the shoe to get rid of any excess dirt that will be on the shoe itself, especially on the toe.
- Take your applicator brush and get a small amount of polish on it. Rub it all over the shoe in a circular motion into every part of the shoe that you can.
- Once the polish is dry, (wait at least a few minutes) take your brush out again, and in a really firm and fast motion get rid of all the excess dried polish all over the shoe. The sole, the heel, anywhere you can; being thorough is essential.
- Get out your “Buff Cloth” and rub it all over the shoe in a back and forth motion. The result is a shined, beautiful looking shoe. In addition to monthly at-home upkeep, Michael also suggests regularly visiting a shoeshine stand. The luxury of having someone tend to your shoes also has practical benefits: Because you’re seated in a chair, the pro can get better leverage over your shoes than you can when polishing them yourself. Plus, if you’re at a stand in Chicago’s loop, you just might find yourself in esteemed company.
Expert tip from The Trunk Club, in Chicago.