Following on from last weeks post…
I wrecked my shoes slightly. Taking leather boots through the mud was not the smartest idea but also a better idea than bringing Suede or fabric shoes. It was a bit of a trade off but I managed to get them clean, as the picture below shows. I will go through here what I did to clean them up.
Wipe off excess dirt with a cloth and warm water.
Dry with a clean microfiber cloth.
Add a large amount of polish with a tough brush. Some people recommend a horse hair brush but just a standard shoe shining brush from the supermarket will do the job.
Wipe off excess polish with the same microfiber cloth from earlier (or a different clean cloth if you want to re use the microfiber one).
If you are cleaning dress shoes, now spend some additional time to buff out and shine the heels and toes with the same brush you used earlier. This may require a few more layers of polish and lots of elbow grease.
If you’re using shoe polish, be sure to either have an old towel or some newspapers on the floor or table to ensure it doesn’t get everywhere and get smeared in! It’s a pain to clean.
The Importance Of Clean Shoes
So does this all really matter? It depends on you. I would say having clean, polished shoes are a major accessory to any outfit and will help with confidence. Furthermore, shoes are noticed very quickly on anyone, if you’re trying to make a good impression… It will be a lot easier to do so with well polished and clean shoes.
Prevention is Better than Cure
As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. If you can get to the mud or grit before it can dry on your shoes it will make it a hell of a lot easier than once it’s dry. I try to always carry round a cloth with me either in my back pack or in my car so I can give them a quick wipe to remove the excess dirt quickly.
So, finishing up. Clean your damn shoes.