How to Shine Shoes.

Here’s a step by step how-to on shining shoes with shoe polish.

Step 1: Get your materials!

For this particular shoe shining adventure, I have my lame worn brown shoes, a container of Kiwi brown shoe polish, a horse hair brush, a soft cloth, and a polish applicator.

Let's shine some shoes!
Notice the front of the shoe and how it has been worn down and lost color.

Step 2: Clean the shoe. Apply Polish.

Run a damp towel over the shoes and wipe away any dirt. Then apply some polish with the applicator. It’s best to start at the heel of the shoe and work forward.

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Step 3: Let it dry.

This photo shoes the shoes after one coat of polish as they eagerly await the shining process.

Get ready for the shine!

Step 4: Shine ’em up!

Shield your eyes!!

This next picture shows the difference between a shined shoe and an unshined shoe. The shoe on the right has been buffed for maximum brilliance. The shoe on the left remains lackluster and weak.

I assure you, this is not a hidden social commentary on the benefits to being righthanded vs lefthanded

Step 5: Apply another coat!

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can apply another light coat and then use a soft cloth for extra shine!

The end product:


2 thoughts on “How to Shine Shoes.

  • 10/30/2006 at 4:23 pm

    Dude. Those shoes look great all polished up.

  • 11/5/2006 at 7:31 pm

    Mike, you are so ready to quit your engineering job and bust into the street corner shoe shining market!!!


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