Shining your shoe is done by applying a wax and extensive buffing. The wax coats the shoe and prevents water or liquid substances from entering the leather. Waxing is what really brings the shine and typically is done 5-10 minutes after you have applied the cream.
We recommend to wax the shoe the night before you intend to wear it. Or, simply wax your shoes before storing them away. The reason is that it takes time for the leather to absorb the wax. Note that after you wax a shoe, and after it’s worn (in a clean environment), the shoe looks revived and shinier than when you wore it earlier. It’s because it took time for the leather to absorb the wax.
Here’s how you do it.
- Wipe the shoe down with a cloth or your selvyt cloth. If it’s a wet shoe, please read our guide on caring for wet shoes.
- Use the welt brush to clean the entire welt of the shoe.
- Apply a sole dressing if your shoe needs it and let it sit to dry before moving any further.
- With your selvyt cloth wrapped around two fingers, gently apply the wax on the shoe without coating the leather in a thick wax, rather, use it in a sparing manner, in a circular motion. You can wax again after buffing if you’re not satisfied.
- Buff the entire shoe with a horsehair soft to medium brush. Buffing is what really makes the wax shine. So the more you buff the better your shine.
- Finish with your selvyt cloth. Put your shoe in between your knees, vigorously buff the cap toe of your shoe with the selvyt cloth.