Like many things, shoe care has various levels, from basic to intermediate and advanced, with each successive level requiring a wider range of products, time, knowledge and techniques. However, the care process can be easily tailored to match one’s comfort level and to fit one’s schedule.
It is important to note, though, that even the basic shoecare will make a tremendous and noticeable difference in how well your shoes look and wear each day.Do not let the complexities of the Intermediate and Advanced shoe care routines discourage you.
Basic Shoeshine Tools
Two Horsehair Brush (one for black; one for brown)
Two Chamois (one for applying polish; one for buffing)
Optional Shoeshine Tools
Leather Shoeshine Matt
Lambswool Polishing Mitt
Saphir Pommadier Polish Dauber or
Deluxe Shoe Polish Dauber
Deer Polishing Bone (for Cordovan Shoes only)
Specialty Shoeshine Conditioners & Polishes
Saphir Cordovan Cream Polish for Cordovan Leathers
Saphir Reptile Milk for Exotic Skin Shoes
Saphir Vernis Rife Patent Leather Cleaner
And, if you do not already have them:
Horsehair Brush (one for black shoes, a second for brown)
Two Cotton Chamois (one for applying polish; one for buffing)
Shoehorns (essential for putting on your shoes)
And, of course, do not neglect Shoe Trees and Shoe Horns
For Suede Care, read our guide: How to Clean Suede Shoes
For more detailed instruction on basic shoeshine techniques, view our Basic Shoe Care Guide.