@Allsocks_: This is How to Properly Polish Your shoe
Published:18 Sep, 2015
We came across a piece of information on the internet that has to do with how men polish their shoes wrongly, we felt it was important to share this piece of information as it mostly concerns men.
It is known that women love shoes, and in fact some are obsessed about it. But where did the idea that men care less about their shoes come from? Though women’s shoes come in various designs, shapes, styles and colours; for men, black seems to be the most important colour.
One thing most guys don’t joke with is polishing their shoes regulalry. However, there is something guys, need to learn about how to use wax polish on shoes to make the shoe last.
Good socks on great shoes are always amazing!
Wax polish is good for high quality leather, but it is equally easy to see men use wax polish on every leather, but the question is how often should you polish your shoe?
When a leather shoe is polished every now and then, in a very short time that could badly affect the shoe’s leather. If you polish your leather shoe three times a week for six months for example, imagine the several layers that will be piled up on that leather.
Most times when guys think they are actually polishing, the previous polished layer is what is being polished and not the leather. It is amazing how we daily add wax to our leather shoes without letting them breathe, and then we complain that the shoe’s leather is breaking.
Most times, the shoe leather – including genuine leather break simply because we don’t care or polish the shoe well.
So before you complain that the guy at the shoe store lied to you, ask yourself if you really know how to polish your own shoe. Like someone recently pointed out, imagine you load your skin with body cream day after day without taking a bath. You just imagine that! When you cream your skin daily without having a bath, your skin won’t have the opportunity to breath and that is not very good for the skin. Same goes for the leather.
To keep your leather shoes as healthy as possible, this is what you should do. Don’t polish your shoe every now and then; rather clean it often. After pulling off your shoe, wipe with a dry piece of cotton fabric and keep in a airy place. It is advisable to always keep a duster in your drawer at work and in your car, so dust particles will not have the opportunity to settle and soak off all the shine on your polished shoe.
When you finally think it is necessary to polish, soak a clean fabric in mild soapy water and then wipe off the previous coating. You want to call that bathing your shoe right? Actually it is. After this is done, you can now go ahead to add polish wax on the leather, washing your shoe as described before polishing helps to polish the leather and not polish the polish like many often do.
To properly confirm this technique, you would remember that some of the expert “aboki” shoe shiners usually use slight soapy water on the shoe before polishing.
In conclusion, to avoid polishing the polish on your shoe, adhere to the new technique.
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