How To Polish Brown Shoes

An important part of keeping a well-groomed image is knowing how to polish brown shoes. People make a decision on how they perceive you within minutes, just long enough to give you a thorough once-over from head to toe. If your upper half is the picture of perfection, but your brown shoes are a dry, dull and dusty mess, chances are you'll be seen as someone who doesn't take much pride in appearance or as a man who is too lazy to pay attention to detail. Knowing how to polish brown shoes isn't any different from polishing black or any other type of shoe. You'll still need the right equipment, a few minutes of your time, and a desire to look your best.

What you'll need to polish brown shoes:

  • Newspaper
  • Gloves
  • Brown or neutral shoe polish
  • Shoe polishing brush
  • Soft T-shirt or cloth
  1. Protect your work area. Polishing shoes can be messy so it will be important to protect your floors by spreading out a newspaper or an old blanket to work on. You might also want put on a pair of gloves to keep your hands clean.
  2. Clean both shoes. Wipe off any dirt or dust from your shoes using a brush or a damp rag. If using a damp rag allow the shoes to dry thoroughly before you start to polish.
  3. Apply the polish. When you are ready to polish, begin by applying a layer of polish to your shoe in a circular motion. You can use an applicator brush, a rag-covered finger or your gloved fingers to rub the polish into the shoe. Place your shoes aside in a warm area and allow them to sit for two to five minutes.
  4. Apply more polish. Add another coating of polish to your shoes. Be sure to get into the cracks and crevices when applying, using a toothbrush if necessary. Attention to detail when polishing your shoes is important.
  5. Allow the polish to set. Wait another two to five minutes for the polish to set.  After enough time has passed use your polishing brush to buff away the polish.
  6. Polish. Take the soft T-shirt and polish the shoe to a shine, working one section at a time. Be careful to pay extra attention to the heel and toe areas. After you have finished polishing, repeat steps three to eight with the second shoe.

Tips and Warnings:

  • If you wear your brown shoes regularly, polish at least once a month.
  • Keep shoe polish away from small children and curious pets.
  • Never use black polish when polishing brown shoes.
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