Ask Jesse: Shining Your Shoes

Question: What’s the best way to shine my shoes?

Answer: Start by removing dirt and old polish with shoe cream or cleaning fluid. Remember to scrape out the hard-to-reach spots with a soft toothbrush or a nailbrush.

Next, apply a leather conditioner to moisturize the leather, then use a rag to rub in a layer or two of wax. Choose a wax or cream polish that matches your shoes or let the natural tint shine through by using a neutral-colored one. Polish the wax with a brush, then follow with a damp rag for a beautiful “spit shine” look.

Between polishes, rub your shoes gently with a clean cloth or brush to maintain the shine.