How to Shine Your Shoes

We collaborated with our friends Tegan and Lindsay in Vancouver at Treasures and Travels last year on a great tutorial featuring Blundstone Boots and our Ultimate Shoe Shine Kit.

Here's the video they put up on Youtube detailing how to use Angelus shoe wax polish and Star Horsehair brushes to clean up those blunnies.


Here's the link to their fantastic spread here.  
Tegan's husband Dan shines his boots and does a great job.    

You'll Need:

  • shoe wax polish (in a colour suited to your boot)
  • polishing cloth, or an old t-shirt
  • horsehair applicator brush
  • horsehair brush
  • a little bit of elbow grease!

STEP 1: put down news paper or cardboard, it can get messy! Or work on a surface that can handle the mess. 

STEP 2: Take off laces if necessary. Clean boot with a damp cloth or brush. Really make sure it's clean (bottom doesn't matter). Rinse cloth a few times if necessary.

STEP 3: Use cloth or applicator brush to apply shoe polish, working in a circular motion to grab the polish as well as rubbing it into the boot. This heats up the polish and works it into the boot. Apply generously if boots are very worn, you can use a toothbrush to work polish into cracks. Also, apply to side of soles if colour matches or try an edge dressing. 

Let them dry for 10-20 minutes.

STEP 4: Use clean cloth to go over boot and get excess polish off in a circular motion, especially working it into the seams. 

STEP 5: Brush to shine with a horse hair brush or polishing cloth, horse hair really works great. Brush fast and hard.

STEP 6 (optional) : If you want to have a matte finish instead of leaving them shiny, and for extra winter care, use Dubbin or Mink Oil on your boots. Stick a hair dryer into the boot for 20 seconds to warm the leather and then apply the product with your fingers. Work in using a circular motion and let dry overnight.