leather footwear (not suede,
nubuck or patent)
Use a shoe cream or a solid (paste)
shoe polish in a colour that best matches the shoes. A neutral
cream or polish can be used on new shoes or if you cannot find a
colour match. If the leather is badly scuffed use a renovating
shoe polish to restore colour.
any surface dirt before applying polish, using a damp
cloth if necessary. If there is a noticeable build-up on the leather of previous
products you may wish to remove this using a leather cleaner or leather soap
before applying fresh polish.
Shoes should be
dry before applying polish.
Apply polish to
leather in circular movements with a shoe brush or soft cloth. Work
polish into the welt (the stitched area around the upper of the
shoe) and into any creases.
Buff shoes with a
polishing shoe brush or a soft cloth (e.g. an old t-shirt).
Applying a water protector after
polishing, and as required, will provide extra weather protection.
There are various
tips for achieving a mirror-finish military shine, including the
spit-and-polish method (bulling). The above is the basic
method for polishing everyday footwear and it can take just a few minutes or as long as
Regular polishing will protect and
preserve the leather.
Suede and nubuck
Use a suede or nubuck brush for
Spots and stains can be removed
with Kiwi Select Suede & Nubuck Cleaning Block, or the whole shoe
dry cleaned with Kiwi Select Suede & Nubuck Dry Cleaner.
shoes should be filled with newspaper to help maintain shape and
allowed to dry naturally away from direct heat.
Apply a water protector regularly
for weather protection.
Patent leather shoes can be cleaned with
Kiwi Select Delicate Shoe Cream.
Products that we sell for outdoor
leather footwear include:
Nikwax Aqueous Wax, Nikwax Leather
Conditioner, Nikwax Waterproofing Wax, Dasco Dubbin,
Chelsea Dubbin Leatherfood and Neatsfoot Oil.
Some swear by neatsfoot oil, but it's
really down to personal preference.
If the toe area of
the sole wears thin before the rest of the sole
needs repairing, toe pieces can be fitted rather
If the centre of
the soles feel soft or spongy this indicates that the
soles need replacing.
A “skin” sole can
be fitted to new shoes to protect the original sole without
affecting the balance of the shoe. Skin soles will also provide
grip if the original soles are slippery and
can be inexpensively replaced when necessary.
Heel top pieces
should be replaced after approx ¼” of wear, to avoid damage to the
Never place wet leather items next to a radiator or any other direct
heat source, to dry. Allow to dry naturally away from direct heat.
Shoes can be filled with newspaper to speed up drying and to help
maintain shape — especially important with suede shoes if you are
unable to wear them until they are dry.