How to Wax Your Shoe

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 waxing 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 it.
  • Use the welt brush to clean the entire welt of the shoe.
  • Apply a sole dressing if your shoe needs it, and let it dry before moving any further.
  • With your Selvyt cloth wrapped around two fingers, gently apply the wax to the shoe without coating the leather with a thick wax. Instead, use it sparingly, in a circular motion. If you’re not satisfied, you can wax again after buffing.
  • Buff the entire shoe with a soft to medium-sized horsehair 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 between your knees and vigorously buff the cap toe of your shoe with the Selvyt cloth.

Note: apply a little vinegar and water sparingly on your shoe to clean salt stains. You can indeed use a wet cloth to wipe it gently about two times without repeating the same side of the fabric to ensure that the salt stain is left on the cloth and not the shoe.