To start the Tips From The Pros -series, I have written you a little shoe shine tutorial. There are many ways to shine your shoes to achieve different results and patina, but this is the routine that I personally do.
The products that I’m using: Saphir Renovateur, Saphir Medalle D’Or Pate de Luxe shoe polish, Collonil sohlen tonic, a shoe brush, cotton make-up pads, a piece of cloth.
I start off by brushing the excess dust and dirt off my shoes with a shoe brush. Next step is something that you don’t have to do every time, but should when the leather seems dry or cracking somewhere: I apply a light layer of Renovateur on the shoes, this is a great product that moistures the leather but doesn’t leave them sticky. You let the Renovateur absorb for a few minutes and then brush off the excess, first by using a brush and then with a piece of cloth.
At this point your shoes should already look ok, but it’s time for the next step which is the actual shining.
You take one of the make-up pads, taken from your girlfriend or wife, and dip it in cold water. The pad should get only partially damp, not dripping in water. Take a small amount of shoe shine with the damp pad and start shining your shoes, using relativily small, circular movements. Go through the entire shoe but focus especially on the tip of the shoe. Leave the shoe shine on the shoe for a few minutes and then brush it off. Take your piece of cloth and wipe, go through the entire shoe.
Now your shoes should be nice and shiny, but sometimes I do the actual shining part 2-4 times to achieve the best result (the shine builds up little by little). Now we should take a look at your leather soles. First, brush off the dust and dirt. Apply Sohlen Tonic (a waterproofing liquid meant especially for leather soles).
Done! Remember to do this after every 1-5 wears, of course depending on the weather.
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