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Polishing Shoes

post #1 of 12
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I have 6 pairs of shoes (3 black, 3 brown) and I brush polish them after 2 wearings. I do all 6 at once and it takes me upwards of 2 hours for all 6. I tried to polish them after a single wearing but 2 hours every week to polish shoes I do not believe to be an effective use of my time. How does everyone personally handle this? If you have upwards of 10-20 pairs of shoes (some on this forum I'm sure have more), that has to be a nightmare. Regards, CT
post #2 of 12
I polish mine after each wearing, but do them each night; 15 minutes per evening is easier to manage than 2 hours on a Saturday. I work it into the routine; apply polish, let that dry while I do my other getting ready for bed stuff, then buff them.
post #3 of 12
I wipe my shoes and then brush them at days end. I polish them when they need it.
post #4 of 12
I used to polish only every few weeks... with brushing after each wear. Now, however, having -- thanks to this board.  -- invested in nicer shoes (Vass, EG, et al.), I've now taken to polishing (creme and brushing) after each wear. Usually I do it late in the evening, before taking a post-exercise shower. As others have noted before, polishing one's shoes has a sort of meditative quality that I've come to enjoy...    
post #5 of 12
I'm on an every 2-3 wearings schedule. Suede shoes get attention after every wearing, with a general brushing to eradicate dust and dirt picked up over the day and an eraser applied to any problem spots.
post #6 of 12
I'm lazy so I probably polish my shoes once every two months. I wipe them off every now and then.
post #7 of 12
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I wipe my shoes and then brush them at days end. I polish them when they need it.
This is what I do. The wax does not wear off after 1 or 2 or even 3 regular wearings. It just needs a buff with the horsehair brush after being worn. Shoes that get worn 1x or 2x per week get polished every 3 weeks or so. More frequent polishing actually promotes scuffing, which usually results from too much polish on the shoe. Of course, if you're pounding pavement, getting them wet, wearing them on public transportation, etc., more frequent polishing might be indicated.
post #8 of 12
It seems to me that 15 or 20 minutes per pair of shoes is very excessive unless you are preparing for a military parade or something similar. Customarily, I polish my better shoes after every wearing. (If there are absolutely no marks or scuffs, I may just put them up, but this is rare.) My usual routine is to coat the shoe lightly with Allen-Edmonds shoe polish (the kind that comes in the tube), rubbing it in more thoroughly in the vicinity of scuff marks. I then let the shoe polish set for few minutes as I putter around getting ready for bed, brushing and flossing my teeth, washing my face, etc. I then brush off the shoes with a good horsehair shoe brush and buff them a little more with a buffing cloth. I doubt if the whole procedure takes more than about 3 minutes and keeps my shoes looking nice...at least to my lights. I may use a wax polish for a brighter shine, particularly on black shoes, but otherwise the drill is not much different except that wax doesn't take as long to set in my experience.
post #9 of 12
A shine after each wearing produces shoes that look as though Jeeves tends them. A shine after every other wearing is OK. If you buff them lightly when you put them on, shelf time is less important than wearings. In other words, a well polished shoe can sit for a month, get a light glossing with a rag, and look almost as if it was polished the day before.
post #10 of 12
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...It seems to me that 15 or 20 minutes per pair of shoes is very excessive...
I follow your process, and I checked the time last night, and its under 5 minutes total. I keep a spitshine on mine, so that takes longer than what most people do. If you keep up with them, it really doesn't take that long.
post #11 of 12
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I have 6 pairs of shoes (3 black, 3 brown) and I brush polish them after 2 wearings. I do all 6 at once and it takes me upwards of 2 hours for all 6. I tried to polish them after a single wearing but 2 hours every week to polish shoes I do not believe to be an effective use of my time. How does everyone personally handle this? If you have upwards of 10-20 pairs of shoes (some on this forum I'm sure have more), that has to be a nightmare. Regards, CT
I'm a bit of a fetishist on this subject. Don't get me wrong, I am not a shoe fetishist, in general. I do like to know that my own shoes are polished (and I own a few pairs). Even if I haven't worn them, I polish my shoes. I usually polish them after wearing them. I would not sleep well if I thought that my shoes were not well tended, much as a good shepherd would not sleep well if one of his lambs had gone astray. My shoes last. But 20 minutes/pair for a regular polish? I'd spend a lot of time polishing. You'll get faster at it. Personally, I consider it a harmless hobby. Other people have been known to think it an eccentricity, but they generally wear cheap shoes, or sneakers, and replace them twice a year.
post #12 of 12
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My routine used to take me up to 45 minutes per pair which included a brush polish and 3 coats of spit shine. Once I started experimenting with different waxes (namely Meltonian) I realized I didn't need to spit shine anymore. My routine is: 1. Clean dust off shoes with cloth 2. Apply polish 3. Wait to dry and then brush off 4. Nylon sock for high end buff 10 minutes a shoe, 20 minutes a pair. Maybe 15 at the least. Technically I've worn the shoes no more than twice before I am adding a new coat of polish. Maybe spreading it out so that I've worn them 3 times might help to alleviate the chore. Regards, CT
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