A detailed step by step shoe care guide with lots of information on how and why you should take care of your nice leather shoes, including a film showing every step. Also reviews two different techniques for shoe shining, one of them being the express spit shine method, with which you can achieve a proper high gloss in 15 minutes.
Overview and direct links:
Video – The whole guide in four minutes
Step 1 – Cleaning
Step 2 – Deep conditioning
Step 3 – Recolouring, care and protection
Step 4 – Shine and protection
– Traditional spit shine method
– Express spit shine method
Links to other articles about shoe care
Video – The whole guide in four minutes
This is of course not the only way to polish shoes, but this is one that I can vouch for. Since the idea is that people with different levels of knowledge should understand and benefit from the guide, I will write it as clearly as possible. Therefore, the complete guide will be quite long, but as you’ll understand below, you can choose which parts of the one you use, and since it’s thorough, I hope that also beginners will get answers to most of the questions. Otherwise, feel free to ask questions in the comments section below.
We begin with some basics, that after each use you should brush the shoes with a horsehair brush or wipe the shoes with a damp cloth. Then insert the shoe trees directly to straighten out the sole and creases and have the shoes retain its shape. Then let the shoes rest for one day before using them again. If they are really wet, they may do good by resting two days, to be completely dry. The reason that it’s important that the shoes become completely dry is that both the upper leather, the sole and the cork filling inside the shoe wear much more if they are used when moist.
The products used in this guide. Upper row, from the left: Saphir Reno’mat, Bick 4 Leather conditioner, Boot Black shoe cream, Boot Black Polishing water, nylon sock, big brush with horse hair. Bottom, fr. l.: Cotton cloth, Boot Black shoe shining cloth, application brush, Saphir Medaille d’Or Pate de Luxe wax polish, goat hair brush from Edoya.
And then, of course it is necessary to polish the shoes on a regular basis. To make it easy, the guide is written in different steps, and depending on the needs, you can choose which steps to use.
Here’s how the guide is arranged:
Steps 1-4: Full cleaning, conditioning, recolouring and polishing. The whole shebang is appropriate to do maybe once a year or so, depending on how much the shoes are used to remove some old shoe cream and moisturize the shoes from scratch.
Steps 2-4: Conditioning, recolouring and polishing. Something you should do about every 3-4 months or something like that, to build up your basic protection and give it some good care. Again, differs depending on how often the shoes are used.
Steps 3-4, but only one round each: Standard shoe polishing. When the shoes have been through a more substantial routine, it is possible to restore the shine easily on the shoes with one round of cream and wax polish, or sometimes only wax, about every 5-10 use, depending on what conditions they are used in. Sometimes step 2 can be included here if the shoes are a bit dirty and/or the leather feels dry.
Only Step 3: Minimal care. If you only want to make the absolute minimum for your shoes, it’s step 3 – the shoe cream – that you can not skip. It cares and protects. You should not use impregnation spray for shoes in regular leather, you only use this for suede or nubuck.
I’m also of the opinion that new shoes always should get a round of shoe care, even though new quality shoes have been treated at the factory, the protection is often insufficient, and the shoes may have been in a box for a long time, the leather may have dried and benefit from some care before use. One might say that it may not always be necessary to take care of new shoes, but it can never be wrong, so my recommendation is to always do it.
Personally, I use many different brands of shoe care, it works well to mix between products (as long as you do not use any with silicone or other bad chemical substances), most of them consist of more or less the same content, its mostly variations in amounts, in some cases ingredients, but the natural substances that good shoe care products contain work well together. Examples of good manufacturers of shoe care products include Saphir, Boot Black, Collonil, Turms, Springyard, Columbus, GlenKaren/PurePolish, Tarrago, La Cordonnerie Anglais, Famaco, Burgol, and many others.
The shoes that get a total revamp in this post is a bespoke pair from Japanese Yohei Fukuda. They are quite saturated with forestry products, have a bunch of scratches and are in need of some restoration.
Step 1 – Cleaning
First of all, the shoes should get a good cleaning, and if needed (as in my case here) old shoe cream and polish removed. Start by removing any shoelaces (however, they can stay in the standard everyday routine) and wipe the shoes with a damp cloth so that they are completely free of dust and dirt. Then you can either take a form of leather shampoo/leather soap or gall soap that lathers and wash them thoroughly under running water, whereupon the shoes must be left to dry first with wrinkled newspaper and then shoe trees in them until they are completely dry. This is best for shoes that are really dirty. Otherwise, a good option is to use with a leather cleaner such as Saphir Medaille d’Or Leather Cleanser or the stronger Saphir Reno’mat, where the shoes do not need to be rinsed in water, you apply the product on a cotton clothand rub hard and carefully over the entire shoe. If there is a lot of cream that needs to be removed, as in this case, opt for Renomat and go over them again until you feel that the leather starts to get clean and pores open. Then allow the shoes to rest until they are completely dry, it may vary the amount of time needed, but at least 30 minutes.
Start by removing the shoelaces and wipe the shoes with a damp cloth.
The leather cleaner Saphir Reno’mat and a cotton cloth, take an old one for this job.
Take a small amount of laundry on the cloth and rinse properly over a shoe area. Often you have to cross it several times, not least on the toes where several layers of polish need to be removed.
The shoes after they’ve been cleaned and left to dry. They are matte, clean with open pores ready to receive new caring ingredients.
If using leather shampoo/leather soap, wash the shoes under running water and work up a proper lather. Could be better if the shoes are really dirty. Here, however, they need to dry at least overnight to get completely dry before proceeding with the next step.
Step 2 – Deep conditioning
After a wash, it is good to restore the leather with a product that conditions and moisturise. You can use different varieties of leather balm or lotions, especially if you find that the leather has been very dehydrated, but for shoes it is usually best with a form of conditioner. Here I use Bick 4, other options include, for example, Saphir Creme Nappa, Saphir Renovateur, Collonil 1909 Leather cream conditioner, Boot Black has several good conditioners, and many others.
Take a cotton cloth and a very small amount of conditioner, which, as above, is applied step by step over the entire shoe with circular movements, using less pressure this time. Also on the sole and heel edge. It does not require much of the product, with a good conditioner only a very thin layer is needed. Conditioners usually also cleaned to some extent, and can be used for simpler cleaning, which is good if you do the conditioning, recolouring and polishing with steps 2-4 . Apply it only gently in small amount gives mainly the moisturising effect, rubbing harderfor a few more runs cleans and remove cream and dirt more.
Allow to dry for about 5-10 minutes before going over them with a horsehair brush.
Bick 4 is a conditioner that provides proper conditioning and moisturises the leather, and also cleans a bit. It do contain silicone though, so nowadays I prefer Saphir Medaille d’Or Nappa conditioner.
Only a small amount of conditioner is needed, applied in thin layers. This above can be used for the entire toe and vamp section.
When the shoes already have been cleaned, you can apply the conditioner gently, since it’s the moisturising and caring effects we’re after.
The trail begins to regain its luster, and should feel less dry and more supple now.
Step 3 -Recolouring, care and protection
Now it’s time for shoe cream, a thick cream often found in glass jars or tubs, not to be confused with wax polish that we use in the next step.
It is caring, protective and if it is pigmented it also recolours. I recommend using pigmented cream, or at least polish (which does not color as much), since it has the golden feature that it covers over the scratches and marks you inevitably get on a pair of shoes. Neutral cream doesn’t do this in the same way. Just neutral cream and polish I personally only think should be used if you have an advanced antique-treated shoe or two-tone model that you don’t want to change the colour on. Even then, pigmented cream may be good if you want to cover any scratches, but then you go with neutral on the rest of the shoe.
If you use pigmented cream and want to keep the original shade of colour on your shoes, you should use a cream in the same or slightly lighter shade. It definitely does not have to be exactly the same color. If you want darker shoes with more depth over time, use a cream that is slightly darker than shoe. For even greater depth, it is nice to vary the color of the cream. For example, on a pair of medium-brown shoes, I usually switch between brown, dark brown, burgundy, and sometimes even blue and black. Even the most pigmented shoots are still far from any paint, it takes time before noticeable colour changes appear.
Horsehair brush, shoe cream and an application brush to be used for the area between the sole edge and upper leather.
When applying the cream, I recommend starting with the space between the sole and the upper, and using a small application brush (a toothbrush will do if you don’t have anything else), an important area not least since moisture can penetrate the shoe this way. For the upper leather, I prefer to leave the application brush and take a cotton cloth again, as I find it easier to get the cream applied evenly with this, if it’s not shoes in embossed grain leather, then the brush is good also for the rest of the shoe.
Take the cotton cloth and wrap it around one or two fingers (myself I prefer two as it’s more sturdy), apply a small amount of shoe cream and progress step by step over the whole shoe in small circular movements. More cream is added to the cloth for each new area of the. With the cream you should put more pressure on the movements to really work it into the leather, but still no heavy pressure. Do not forget the tongue or the sole and heel edge. When the whole shoe has got a very thin layer of cream on it, allow to dry for 5-10 minutes, then brush with a large bristle brush to smooth the cream layer, remove excess cream and cure it slightly.
Repeat this procedure twice when the shoe has been completely clean, it is good to add a solid base now.
It may also be advisable to treat t leather sole, if any, with a layer of neutral shoe cream or sole oil (may take some time to dry, so do this at later stake).
About this amount of cream is enough for the entire toe cap and vamp (the widest part of the shoe), to give a picture of the amount needed.
Apply the cream with circular movements, with relatively hard pressure. Also the sole and heel edges need care, and pigmented cream effectively covers the scratches that are always there, not least at the front.
After some time to dry, brush the shoe with a large horsehair brush.
Since the plot can be difficult to get a brush, at least on oxfords, you can take a nylon trap to this.
What they look like after the above is done. The shoes have got decent shine from the the cream, but for a really good shine, the shoes also need a few rounds of wax polish. If there would be one step in this guide that absolutely can’t be removed, which is really a must, it’s the shoe cream here in step 3.
Step 4 – Shine and protection
The last step in this shoe care ladder is of course some wax polish. It’s a hard mass found in a metal jar or plastic jar, which provides a little bit of care for the leather, but mainly creates shine and protection. There are those who dislike shiny shoes, but even so I recommend using polish as it forms a hard barrier that provides excellent protection against rain and scratches. If you don’t want it too shiny, you can settle for a couple of layers and just go over a quick run with a brush at the end, and leave it at that.
Here I will briefly go through a more traditional but a bit more time-consuming method of creating a so-called spit shine gloss, then a more comprehensive description of a method I call express spit shine that is significantly faster, but may require a little more of the shoe shiner.
Traditional spit shine method
Here a cotton cloth definitely is to recommend, wrap it around your fingers and put on a really small amount of polish. Dip a finger quickly into the water and put it on the shoe, and work out the polish with small, fast circular movements. Here I think it works best when using only a very light pressure, and allows the heat generated by the speed of the movements to do the job. The moisture makes it slip very easily without friction, but water splashes should not be formed on shoe, then the cloth has become too moist. If this happens change to a dry part on the cloth and continue.
If you use this method, take a very small amount of wax on each layer.
For beginners, I usually go over the entire shoes two times with a very thin layer of polish. Here you do not have to wait for it to dry. Also put polish on the sole edge, but not on the tongue, it’s not necessary. More polishthan this isn’t needed on the edges or the moving parts of the shoe, since the shiny surface will still disappear there when the shoe moves, and too thick layers will only crack and it can look really ugly. However, you may choose to continue working with toe and heel, to get an even better shine there. You simply proceed with the same procedure, thin layers of polish that are built on each other with fast movements. After a while you will notice how the surface changes and a natural shine will appear. It is recommended, especially if you aren’t too used to shining shoes, to take a break every now and then and allow the polish to dry before continuing. It’s mainly a matter of time.
When you are completely done with polish, go over the shoe with a brush with very fast movements all the shoe properly. If you have more shine on your toes you should avoid a horsehair brush, it is too hard and makes scratches in a spit shine. If you have a goat hair brush, I recommend it for this part. And for the finishing touches, use a thin nylon cloth (for example, some old pantyhose, if you don’t have access to it they don’t cost too much in any clothing store). Pull the cloth/sock over your hand and rub with very fast movements throughout the shoe. Here it’s also the heat that is produced which makes the products react and further shine appears.
Express spit shine method
One common truth is that it takes a lot of time to get a good spit shine on your shoes. However, it does not have to. Here I go through a technique that will allow you to get a proper spit shine in 15 minutes. It should be mentioned that it is easier to fail with this technique, both during the actual polishing and that there may be a tendency for the polish layer to crack a bit easier. It is easier to find the right technique if you are used to polishing a high gloss with wax, as you get that feeling for the work that usually only comes with experience (and many mistakes).
As most people know, it’s easier to work out a shine when the shoes have already been polished before, so to give a “fair” picture, the shoes I show below are stripped of old wax and shoe cream with a proper rubbing with renovateur.
This time I use wax polish from Saphir Medaille d’Or, but it works just as well with wax from other good shoe care brands like Collonil, Burgol, Springyard, Boot Black, etc. I also use Boot Black’s polish water, it contains some alcohol which I think that makes the job slightly easier, but with plain water, there is no significant difference more than you might take a little less than I do here. A thin, fine cotton cloth is recommended for this type of shining work, the slightly coarser felt-like cloths tends to make the layers tear together.
The gears used. A thin cotton cloth, wax polish, a nylon cloth, shoe polishing water (regular water works fine) and a softer brush (this is made of goat hair).
I take a lot of wax on the cloth, and then put on quite a lot of water (I dip my finger in the water and put on the shoe in a couple of rounds, make sure the water drops are not too long in one place only since marks can be formed). Then with medium-pressure and circular movements I put on the wax on the toe. Now the surface will be matte and a bit tacky, but keep working and then take another round of water, a little less this time, and polish with circular movements until the matte surface starts to disappear and becomes more even and brighter. By the end of each round I have a quite light pressure, and sometimes a drop of water is needed before the layer feels set. This procedure I repeat two more times before I go over the rest of the shoe with the polish (also sole and heel edges). Over the heel that also has a stiffener, I add two extra layers in the same way as the toe.
A bit difficult to illustrate on picture, but it is relatively much wax I take at a time now the first rounds.
Put on relatively much water, and with gentle but fast circular motions you apply the wax. First, the surface becomes matt and a bit sticky, but with continued work and some more water it will be smoothed.
After the entire shoe has been covered with wax, I’ll put two more layers on the toe, according to the principle above, although I’m taking a bit less wax polish at a time now. The risk that exists here is that you break the layers and get it ruined. It’s here that feeling I’m talking about above comes in, knowing how and how much to polish, water and pressure to keep the balance right. Very hard to explain in words, and in addition, it’s very individual since everyone shines shoes a bit differently, so you have to try it out.
After this you take the other shoe and do the same procedure on them, so that the first shoe gets to rest and the wax will dry a bit. It takes about five minutes per shoe here if you work pretty fast. Then on the first shoe you go over them quickly with a nylon cloth, before taking another three to four layers on the toe part, where the first ones with a big amount of wax like the first layers above, the last ones a bit less like the latter. Towards the end of each layer, it’s even less pressure and faster movements used, and the shine should now really start to show.
A goat hair brush is softer than one with horsehair, and doesn’t risk scratching the layer of polish in the same way.
Now the other round when I’m just going over the toes, it takes maybe five minutes for both shoes. A quarter in total in other words, when you work really quick (of course it can vary between different shoes, some leathers are easier to shine than others). Do let them rest a few minutes before taking a round with the nylon cloth again. Then I have gained a clear, bright shine on mainly the toe party, a quite decent spit shine. If you want even higher shine, continue with the last part in a few more rounds, with some rest between them.
Finish off with a nylon cloth to achieve the highest shine possible.
Now you should have a pair of well cared for, very nice looking shoes in front of you.
If you are a beginner, it’s not certain that you achieve a good result even if you’ve followed the above in detail. It’s about having that feel for how it should be done, to get a good result, and the only way to get there is through practice. It’s as if you are cooking a meal and fail even though you’ve followed the recipe completely correct, if you lack the feel for cooking it still can go wrong.
What’s nice is that once you have laid a good foundation, it’s easy to reboost the nice shine, and you do not have to use the same efforts every time you want to get a spit shine anymore.
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments field below, where I’ll try to answer them and maybe update the post if needed until the article really live up to its headline.
Links to other articles about shoe care
Guide – Care of cordovan
Guide – Shoe trees
Guide- High shine with just cream
The tip – Treat the inside of the shoes
The tip – Place the creases
The tip – Seasonal storage
A Quick Clean-Up
If you just want your shoes shined up and lookin' fresh, expect to pay about $8 to $15 for shoes and $10 to $20 for boots for a simple shoe shine and leather conditioning. If you want suede brushing and a color refresh, expect to pay between $15 and $25.
Shoe polishing is a more basic treatment that should be done every four to six weeks, depending on how often you wear your shoes, as part of regular shoe maintenance. A shoe shine requires further effort to achieve a high-shine you can see your reflection in.What is the best cloth to use for shining shoes? ›
Microfiber cloths work well to clean and polish without leaving lint or marks. Squares of old cotton T-shirts also work well. Leather conditioner softens and shines dry, rough leather.How much do you tip for shoe shine? ›
A lot of shoe shiners live only on tips, and this is what your tip means to your shiner—10%: I'm not happy with your shine, but I know I have to tip; 20%: Thanks, we're good; 30%: Wow, you did a great job, I'm happy and I want you to be happy; and 40% or above: You've just made my day, I want to make yours.How long does a shoe shine take? ›
How long should a shoe shine take? - A shoe shine can take anywhere from 5 minutes to 2-3 hours depending on what outcome you desire. Mirror finishes take a long time and require a lot of drying time in between the stages and should therefore not be attempted in a quick manner.How many times should I shine my shoes? ›
How often you need to polish your shoes depends on how much you wear them. If you wear your shoes daily, you will need to shine them every 4-6 weeks. But if you only wear them once in a while, you can get away with shining them once a month or so. You can also use shoe polish to touch up your shoes in between shines.Do you need a brush to shine shoes? ›
Regardless of whether you opt for a stiff-bristled brush or old T-shirt, we do highly recommend purchasing a long-bristled softer brush to help clean any excess polish on the shoe. It's also a great idea to have a spare cotton rag or chamois cloth on hand to give a polished shoe a quick wipe down once finished.Is liquid or wax shoe polish better? ›
Cream shoe polish is more nourishing to your shoes than wax, both in the form of moisturizing and restoring color. If you're using both, you'll want to use the cream polish first.Does shoe shine damage leather? ›
In addition to colour transfer, most shoe polishes are heavily solvent-based and may cause the leather to dry out. Never apply shoe polish to any sensitive or delicate leathers such as those used for designer bags.What shoe polish does the military use? ›
Altberg Leder Glos (leather gloss) is a premium high shine wax for use on army and military boots and leather footwear. A combination of 85% wax and 15% oil provides a top quality shine, ideal for barracks or parade use. Leder Glos also protect your boots and regular usage will increase their useful lifespan.
Mix one tablespoon of hot water with one tablespoon of white vinegar and one tablespoon of baking soda together to form a paste. Using a toothbrush, apply to the shoes in a circular motion, then leave shoes to air for several hours before brushing and shaking off the dried paste.Is Vaseline good for shining shoes? ›
Use Vaseline as a quick alternative to leather polish on scuffed shoes, boots, handbags, baseball gloves, and leather furniture. Simply apply a bit of the gel and buff with a soft cloth to achieve a slick shine.Do people still get their shoes shined? ›
Nowadays, there are three shoe shiners who do 40 or 50 shines on the best days. But Mr Mesquita is seeing people slowly coming back. His December 2022 shoeshine numbers were up 52 per cent compared with December 2021.Does Toothpaste shine shoes? ›
Your Shoes Will Look New
All you need is an old toothbrush and a little toothpaste to learn how to clean sneakers and get your old sneakers looking like new! Non-gel white toothpaste works great for cleaning white-soled sneakers (colored toothpaste may stain rather than clean sneakers).
This typically takes about 10 coats using regular wax polishes, but could be done in as little as 3 coats using a harder, specialty wax polish like Saphir Mirror Gloss.Can you use Windex to shine shoes? ›
The best spray to keep white shoes clean is a household item you probably already have at home: Windex! Simply spray the Windex onto a cloth. I found microfiber cleaning cloths work best but you can use any towel (just avoid paper towels since they tend to disintegrate). Then rub the cloth on your sneakers and voila!How often should I replace my everyday shoes? ›
According to podiatrists, everyday shoes need to be replaced every 8 to 12 months – or when they start showing signs of wear and tear.Does rubbing alcohol help shine shoes? ›
Ice cold water or rubbing alcohol are also options for polishing. Place the wet cloth or cotton against the dried polish and rub the leather. With a light touch, move your finger in tiny circular motions until a shine appears. Repeat this process until you are satisfied with the level of shine.Can you use hydrogen peroxide to shine shoes? ›
You can make a paste by mixing two parts baking soda with one part hydrogen peroxide. Use an old toothbrush to apply the mixture to the soles and uppers of your shoes. Wait 30 minutes before rinsing or leave them to air-dry in the sun and brush away the paste once they're dry.Does alcohol help shine shoes? ›
When the shoes are perfectly dry, use a little bit of shoe polish (pay attention to the nuance), a cotton cloth and cold water mixed with few drops of alcohol. For those who want an even more professional, an old trick is to use drops of liquor with a high alcohol content (like cognac, brandy or grappa).
The ideal time to use a wax polish is after moisturizing your leather footwear with shoe cream. Use a clean microfiber cloth and apply a thin layer of shoe wax all over the shoe. Wipe the leather with a slightly damp microfiber cloth in between the coats of wax to make your shoes really shiny.Is there a way to shine shoes without polish? ›
Make a baking soda paste with baking soda and a small amount of water. From there, rub the paste you've just made on the shoes with a cloth. Let it sit for around 5-10 minutes then wipe with a clean damp cloth.
One of the biggest drawbacks of liquid shoe polish is that it can contain solvents that can be harsh on leather. These solvents can dry out the leather and cause it to crack or fade over time.Can you use too much shoe cream? ›
Taking care of and protecting your leather will help it last, but applying too much product will lead to oversaturation and have the opposite effect, so don't overdo it.What are the disadvantages of shoe polish? ›
Many shoe polishes contain harmful chemicals such as petroleum distillates, which can be harmful to both the environment and human health. These chemicals can cause skin irritation, respiratory problems, and even cancer in some cases.Which shoe polish is best liquid or solid? ›
Liquid Shoe Polish
Long-term, however, can cause your shoe's leather to become dry and crack; therefore, if you're not in a hurry, it's not recommended. Liquid shoe polish is faster and quick and easy to use. The protective layer can easily cover scuffs. Therefore, if the convenience of concern, it is the go-to option.
There is a thing as too much shoe polish. If you have applied too many coats of polish or you used the wrong color polish, it's okay. Don't freak out.What are the different types of shoe shine? ›
Types. Shoe polish can be classified into three types: wax, cream-emulsion, and liquid. Each differs in detailed composition, but all consist of a mixture of waxes, solvent, and dyes.How do soldiers get their boots so shiny? ›
Bulling, Bull polishing, spit polishing or spit shining is a term commonly used by soldiers and refers to a method for polishing leather products in such a way as to give an extremely high shine effect.What substance do you use to polish shoes? ›
Paraffin wax is used for making shoe polish.
Plain toed, oxford style black, brown, or white, low quarter, lace shoe, made of smooth leather or synthetic leather. The heel shall be an outside heel 3/4 inch - 7/8 inch high with a flat sole.Can you use wd40 to shine shoes? ›
Treat Your Shoes
Keep the shoes waterproof and shiny by spraying them periodically with WD-40 and buffing gently with a soft cloth. To give the old “soft shoo” to squeaky shoes, spray some WD-40 at the spot where the sole and heel join and the squeaks will cease.
Mix warm water with a small amount of mild laundry detergent or dish soap. For white and light-colored shoes, you can also make an effective cleaning paste by mixing equal parts baking soda and water. Note: When it comes to using dish soap, it's important to take caution and dilute the soap with plenty of water.Is baking soda good for cleaning shoes? ›
The baking soda will kill odor-causing bacteria and absorb odors. Extra-stinky shoes may require 24 hours. Over a trashcan or the sink, tap the shoe to remove the remaining baking soda from the inside. Shake to remove as much as possible.Is baby oil good for shining shoes? ›
Baby Oil Beauty Uses - Remove Makeup, Shine Shoes, and Moisturize With Mineral Oil.Is coconut oil good for shining shoes? ›
Step 5 - Dip a clean, dry cloth in some coconut oil and apply a thin, even coat to the entire boot or shoe in a circular motion. Let sit for 20 minutes, then use a clean cloth to wipe any excess coconut oil away and buff the shoes. Your boots will look like new and be ready to wear!How much is a shoe shine at Nordstrom? ›
We offer Shoe Shine services to both Men and Women out of our Men's Shoe department. Shoes are $2.50 and boots are $3.50.How much does a shoe shine make? ›
A Shoe Shiner in your area makes on average $12 per hour, or $0.32 (3%) less than the national average hourly salary of $12.82.Is it worth spraying shoes? ›
That's why you should consider waterproofing your shoes before you jet off on your next adventure, particularly if you're heading to a damp destination. Overall, waterproofing sprays work by filling the pores in fabric — whether leather, canvas, suede, or otherwise — with a material like silicone that repels water.How often should shoes be shined? ›
How often you need to polish your shoes depends on how much you wear them. If you wear your shoes daily, you will need to shine them every 4-6 weeks. But if you only wear them once in a while, you can get away with shining them once a month or so. You can also use shoe polish to touch up your shoes in between shines.
Not only does shining your shoes look good, it is a necessary part of properly caring for and maintaining a nice pair of leather shoes or boots. The polish itself helps moisturize and waterproof the leather, lengthening the lifespan of your shoes.Does shoe shine go bad? ›
What is the shelf life for shoe polishes? Shoe polish can be used indefinitely. Over time you may notice the cream or wax drying out, but it is still safe to use.Does shoe shine come out of clothes? ›
Saturate area with pretreatment laundry stain remover (aerosol types work better on greasy stains) Wait one minute for product to penetrate the stain. For stubborn stains, rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Launder immediately.
Shoeshiner or boot polisher is an occupation in which a person cleans and buffs shoes and then applies a waxy paste to give a shiny appearance and a protective coating. They are often known as shoeshine boys because the job was traditionally done by a male child. Other synonyms are bootblack and shoeblack.