How to Clean and Polish leather shoes
As an aspiring minimalist, poor-ish person and collector of boots, I have learned to take care of my leather shoes. Otherwise, they will fall apart. Think about it: leather is skin, too. It needs to be cleaned, moisturized and protected in order to stay supple and flexible and to retain its luster. Without regular care, shoes will dry out and crack. I’ve brought dusty, dull shooties back to life with a flannel cloth and some Kiwi soap. I’ve rescued Frye boots from eBay and made them shine with clear polish, and extended their life with a trip to the cobbler. I intend to extend the life of my favorite ankle boots until I can afford an upgrade, and I’d love to show you how.
YOu will need:
- A soft cloth
- Kiwi saddle soap
- A shoe brush (optional)
- Clear shoe polish (optional)
- Weatherproofing spray (optional)
- Clean shoes with a damp cloth.
- Pop open the Kiwi soap. Rub the surface of the soap with a wet cloth to create a lather.
- Rub this delightful rich later all over your shoes with the cloth. The leather will get darker since it’s wet. Don’t worry, it will lighten back up as it dries. Of course, if the leather is dried out then it will take on a deeper, richer color due to the moisturizing agents in the soap.
- Let shoes dry. Repeat the above if you’d like.
- Buff dry shoes with a dry, soft cloth. They will start to look buttery and have a delightful sheen.
- Optional: protect shoes with weatherproofing spray and/or polish them up. I like to use a clear polish.
- Enjoy your beautiful “new” shoes!
This process can be done on any of your leather goods. My favorite bag desperately needs some attention.
Do you have any tips for taking care of clothing?