Being new to this shoe care process, I have some beginner questions that are probably ridiculous! First, should I remove the shoe laces before starting the whole process? It seems like I would want to avoid getting stuff on them and work on the tongue of the shoe. Also, Rider's recommendations seem more exhaustive than other resources I've read. Would people recommend it for every time I polish, or just once in a while? Finally, any common pitfalls for the newbie?! Thanks to everyone! This thread has been extremely helpful.