Here's an old-fashioned remedy to make leather shoes shine with products you probably have at home.
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Things you need
- Chamois Cloth
- Lint-free Cloths
- Olive (not Virgin) Oil
- Vegetable Oils
Remove any dirt or dust from the shoe with a slightly damp cloth. Clean the sides of the sole and the heels as well.
Buff dry with another dry cloth.
Pour a little olive oil or vegetable oil onto a dry, white, soft, lint-free cloth.
Gently rub cloth over entire top of shoe.
Rub the entire shoe until all the oil has been absorbed and the shoe sparkles.
Buff the shoe with a chamois cloth to bring out all the shine.
Add a dab of petroleum jelly to a clean cloth and lightly buff the entire shoe to keep the leather supple and to prevent cracking.
Tips and warnings
- Always clean shoes first with a slightly damp cloth to remove any dirt or dust; this prevents scratches.
- Use leather weatherproofer to keep water from leaving spots on shoes.