Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fashion Foot Forward

When you're putting your best foot forward, both literally and physically, you want to make sure your footwear is in the best condition possible. Plain and simple: polish your shoes.

1) clean your shoes. remove any dust or dirt with a damp cloth or brush.

2) ensure you're using a polish that closely matches the colour of your leather. for example, black shoes would require black polish; brown shoes require brown polish. using round brush strokes, apply a light coating of polish to the surface of both shoes. use a small brush (like an old toothbrush) to get into the tighter/hard to reach spots.

3) after about 15 minutes of rest time, brush the leather again with the shoeshine brush to remove any excess. then buff the leather to a perfect shine with a clean, dry cloth. if you don't have a dedicated buffing cloth, a clean cotton shirt or old wash cloth will do just fine.

With regular wear, you should shine and polish your shoes about once a month. In between regular wear, be sure to keep shoes clean and free of dirt or dust. You can also restore and enhance the shine by simply buffing quickly with a clean, dry cloth.

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