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Leather Shoes

Leather Shoes

Use shoe cream regularly

Leather uppers require regular treatment with a good-quality shoe cream. This protects the leather which will help to prolong the life of the shoe and maintain their appearance. Your shoes should be clean and dry before the application of the shoe cream.

How to apply the shoe cream

First, brush the shoe clean with a soft brush to take away dust and dirt. Use a damp cloth to take away the rest of the stains. Remove the laces to ensure you get the same coating of shoe cream on the tongue and the upper.
Use a clean cloth to apply shoe cream sparingly across the surface of the upper and the tongue. Use a toothbrush or similarly sized brush to get shoe cream into the stitching in between the welt and the shoe, as this can also get dry and crack. When both shoes are dry, which should take around 15 minutes (though ideally, you should leave them overnight), buff your shoes with a soft brush or cloth (use one for each colour of the cream) until they reach your desired level of lustre.

Polish a high shine glacage

With practice, you can produce a high shine finish 'glacage' on your own shoes. Applicate a thin layer of high shine polish on the parts of the shoe you want to get the extra shine on, buff the polish into the shoe with a soft cloth. Spray a fine layer of water over the first layer of polish and buff fast as you can with a soft cloth, you should feel the heat from the friction between the shoe and the cloth. This requires some practice and technique, but training gives skill. Alternative: take your shoes to a shoemaker.