Wondering how to polish leather boots? There are a few different methods. As the old saying goes, there’s more than one way to pet a cat. Yes, the actual saying is a little more ribald, but we try to keep things clean here. Anyhow, let’s go over three different methods, ranging from quick and easy to more labor-intensive. After all, if you invest in quality leather boots or shoes that you wear for other-than-work purposes, you want to keep up a good appearance. So let’s dive in.

The Quick Way To Polish Leather Boots

shiny leather boots The quick method is easy, and will give your boots a decent appearance. However, it won’t produce a high shine, which some people prefer. It’s like…giving your car a quick 10-minute wash but not waxing it. Your car will be clean and look good, but not as good as it could with more time. First, make sure your leather shoes or boots are clean and dry, including around the welt stitching. Step One: put on polish of the appropriate color. You want a good uniform coat that’s neither too thick nor too thin. Set them in a warm, dry place and go away for a while. You could wait an hour or two, or make it real easy on yourself and apply the polish before you go to bed. Step two: use a polishing brush and give them a buff. This gets the excess polish off and smooths the surface so your boots or shoes look good. Again, it’s not the high shine some people want, but it’ll do in a pinch. Another benefit of this method is that all the supplies you need are easily found in pretty much any store. We won’t say what brand, but it’s the name of a fruit as well as a small flightless bird that lives in New Zealand. And rhymes with pee-wee.

Boot Polishing Method 2: Getting A Shine On Your Leather Boots

oil for boot polishing The second method for polishing leather boots and shoes can likewise be done with the same materials, but it’s more labor intensive boot care. However, it will pay dividends in terms of appearance. If you aren’t happy with anything less than a good shine, then this is the go-to for you. Again, make sure your shoes or boots are clean and dry before proceeding. The first step is to get a good, uniform layer of high quality polish onto your shoes. Don’t be sparing, either; you need to get the leather coated. The key to a good shine is build up a layer of polish. You don’t «shine» the leather; that’s impossible. Instead, you create a shine on the polish itself. After you’ve applied the coat of polish, then buff away the excess with a polishing brush. You may need to apply a second coat to get a good, even distribution of polish across the surface. It’s okay if you do, and in truth may actually be better. When the excess is buffed away, get a soft, clean cloth. Dunk it in water and wring it thoroughly until almost dry; it needs to be damp but not soaked or sopping. Put your index finger into the cloth, and then wrap it tightly around your finger. Grasp the cloth with your thumb and the rest of your fingers to pull it tight. Dab the cloth into the polish, getting a small dot of it on your fingertip. Using a swirling motion, make your way around the entire shoe. You want to make small circles, less than a square inch in size. This creates a swirling effect on the polish at first, and then develops into a matte-like shine. If you make too large a circle, you won’t get the desired effect, but too small and you’ll be there all day. You’ll get the feel for it rather quickly. Then repeat on the other boot. To get that shining toe-cap, use a dry lint-free soft cloth (a shoe shine chamois works well) and buff it. That gets you that nice shine on your boots. It takes a while — maybe an hour at most — but pays dividends. Now for the full-court press.

Creamed, Buffed And Shined: The Intensive Shining Method For Leather Boots

boots with really good shine However, if you want the utmost in shining leather boots or shoes…you need to invest in materials and be prepared to put in some time. To get and preserve a high mirror shine, you have to build up a substantial layer of polish to start with. You need wax polish (see above; rhymes with Pee-Wee) AND cream polish, a few soft, clean chamois or other very soft cloths, a polishing brush, and it’s also a good idea to get a spray bottle with flat water in it. After ensuring the shoe is clean, apply a light coat of cream polish to the shoe in a swirling motion like we mentioned above. Get a good uniform coat, and let it dry. This seals up the pores and conditions the leather. Lightly mist a chamois or other soft cloth — just a light spritz — and buff the cream polish. Let it dry. Next, you apply the wax polish. You can use either a gloss or standard, whichever is your preference. Take a clean chamois or other soft cloth, and give it a spritz with the spray bottle. Get a bit of polish on it, and start applying it to your shoes in a circular swirling motion. It should apply without resistance; once you feel any, lightly spritz with water and dab in the polish and start again. Now, pay most of your attention to the heel and the toe cap. Excess polish will crack and flake off in areas where the boot or shoe flexes. Don’t skip those areas, but just be aware that those areas need less attention. Settle in, because you need to apply 3 to 5 coats of the wax finish in this manner. When you start to really notice the shine, that’s when you’re getting close to that mirror shine. If your shoes are new, you may need to do more. And now for the end game: When you start to notice a good matte shine on the toe cap and the heel, apply wax polish without adding any water to the cloth. Swirl it onto the shoe until you’ve got a good uniform coat on those areas, and then vigorously buff with a clean chamois or other soft cloth. This actually helps melt the top layer of polish with friction, and gets you that mirror shine that’s so coveted. Set aside an hour or two for this, because you can’t rush it. To maintain the durability and lustrous appearance of your boots, you need to shine them the correct way. Using the materials and steps that are outlined below, you can achieve a glossy shine that protects your boots and makes them sparkling new! Here’s a quick guide on how to polish and shine your leather boots:

  1. Choose A Cream And Wax Polish
  2. Remove the Laces
  3. Insert a Shoe Tree
  4. Clean the Exterior
  5. Apply a Cream Polish
  6. Apply a Thin Layer of Wax Polish
  7. Shine Your Leather Boots

The following guide for shining leather boots is suitable for faux and real leather but is not appropriate for the texture of suede boots. If you have suede leather boots, we suggest that you only clean them using an appropriate cleaning solution.

1. Choose A Polish For Your Leather Boots

To achieve the best results, you’ll need to select a polish that matches the color of your leather boots. Colored polishes help to protect them against fading, while also reconditioning it at the same time. This can help to ultimately make your leather boots look newer by instilling a vibrant color with a glossy finish. You can also use a neutral polish that offers a similar shine to your leather boots. A neutral polish should be used if you are not able to find a colored polish that is of the same hue as your leather boots. There are two kinds of polishes you will need to choose from to get your leather boots to shine flawlessly. Below, you’ll see the difference between a cream polish and a wax polish.

Select a Cream Polish

A cream polish has moisturizing properties for the leather material of your boots. It provides the essential nutrients needed to keep your leather supple and make the shoe more comfortable. Although they offer less shine than wax polishes, some cream polishes can act as gentle cleaners and reconditioners for the leather. There are many types of cream polishes to choose from and they’re all pretty decent. If you’re looking for one that works great on leather boots, then you can consider the Cadillac Select Premium Cream Shoe Polish. It’s got a rich nourishing formula and refines your leather at the same time. We recommend using the correct color of cream polish since a mismatched color can discolor or streak your leather boots. We also advise against using cream polishes containing petroleum as it may affect the quality of the leather in the long term.

Select a Wax Polish

Wax polishes are usually harder than cream polishes but provide leather boots with a shinier overall appearance. It is applied to the boot to offer a higher level of protection against water spots or any chance of scuff marks. Similar to cream polishes, there is no shortage of wax polishes for your leather boots in the market. The Angelus Perfect Stain Shoe Wax Polish is our preferred wax, as there are plenty of colors to match your leather boots with, and gives them a fantastic long-lasting shine! We recommend choosing wax polish that contains beeswax or carnauba wax for better and more long-lasting results.

2. Remove The Laces of your leather Boots

After choosing the cream and wax polish for the process, you can put them to the side for now! Next, you’ll need to remove the laces of your leather boots for proper application of the products. While it’s possible to give your leather boots a shine while the laces are still on, they will definitely get in the way and you may also miss some spots (especially around the eyelets and the tongue). Therefore, it’s just best to simply unlace them beforehand.

3. Insert A Shoe Tree into You Leather Boots

We also recommend inserting shoe trees into your leather boots, so that they maintain their shape as you polish them. Cedar wood shoe trees are our preferred option, but you can also insert newspapers as an alternative. The reason why you’ll need to ensure that your leather boots maintain their shape when you give them a shine is that they’ll bend and make it much harder to apply the cream and wax polish in the following steps.

4. Clean The Exteriors of Your Leather Boots

Before polishing the leather, it is best to clean the surface of your boots using a leather cleaning solution or saddle soap to remove all dirt and embedded dust. There are various brands of saddle soap that you’ll be able to use. We use and recommend Fiebing’s Saddle Soap, as it works great on leather boots (especially the white-colored saddle soap). Apply the cleaning solution or saddle soap using a microfiber cloth and remove the surface impurities using a circular motion. Use a soft brush to remove dirt from hard-to-reach spots. Move on to the next step once your leather boots are completely clean and dry.

5. Apply a Cream Polish to Your Leather Boots

Choose a clean cotton cloth to apply the colored or neutral cream polish on your leather boots. Ensure to apply a generous amount of polish evenly across the surface for proper nourishment of the leather. You can use a welt brush to apply polish on areas that are difficult to reach. Feel free to lift your leather boots with your other hand so that you have easy access to all areas of your boots. If you have not polished your boots in a long while, you shouldn’t hesitate to apply a second coat if you desire. It is best to let your boots rest for 3 to 5 minutes to absorb all nutrients before moving on to the next step.

7. Apply a Thin Layer of Wax Polish on Your Leather Boots

To enhance the shine of your leather boots, you need to apply a coat of wax polish on them. This step also introduces a level of protection against water damage and staining through the higher concentration of the hard wax. Apply a thin coat of colored wax polish (to match the color of the boots) or neutral wax polish on your leather boots using a clean cotton cloth. Make sure to use small circular motions to blend in the polish all over the surface. Whilst we recommend using a generous amount of cream-based polish in the previous step, we recommend taking the “less is more” approach when it comes to wax polish. This is especially important in the amount of wax polish you apply across the vamp of the boots. If you end up applying too much across an area that bends often from natural wear, you might notice cracking of the wax in the future, leaving an unwanted white residue on your shoe that you will then have to treat in the future. Using too much wax polish across your boots will also generally stiffen your base leather to the point where it might be uncomfortable to wear. After having applied the wax, let your leather boots rest for about 3 to 5 minutes before moving on to the next step. After your leather boots have had some time to absorb the polish, it is time to make them shine. This is where the magic happens! We recommend using a horsehair brush to buff your leather boots since it creates a good amount of friction to activate the wax polish to shine. If you are expecting to reuse your brush across multiple boots, use a dark-colored horsehair brush for polishing your black boots and a lighter-colored one for your brown boots. Doing so will prevent any streaking and color transference from any previous residue on the brush. Buff the polish with the horsehair brush using moderate to firm pressure across the entire surface of the boots. Allow your shiny boots to dry and rest for a few minutes before moving on to the next step.

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that polishing your leather boots to make them shine may be a little tricky if you’re doing it for the first time. Rest assured that if you’ve followed the above steps correctly, you’re on the right track! In this section, we’d like to address some of your most frequently asked questions on polishing your leather boots.

How Do I Shine My Leather Boots Without Polish?

While we recommend using high-quality cream and wax polishes for your leather boots, you’re also able to use homemade solutions to give them a shine. However, it may not be as effective. For example, you can use any kind of wax – preferably beeswax – to buff your leather boots, giving them a relatively vibrant shine. A good leather conditioner will also do the trick after you buff them. Take note that you should never use any type of oil to polish your leather boots, as this will most often darken them and also transfer oils to whatever it gets into contact with.

How Often Should I Shine My Leather Boots?

How often you should polish and shine your leather boots depends on how often you use them. If you use them frequently, for example for work or over extended periods of time, it’s best to shine them every 2 to 3 weeks.

Can I Shine Suede or Nubuck Leather Boots?

No, you should never polish or buff any leather products that are made of suede or nubuck, as they will lose their natural texture. This also applies to suede and nubuck leather boots. Instead, use a compatible cleaner or conditioner for them.

How Long Does It Take to Shine Leather Boots?

If you’re polishing your leather boots for the first time, it will probably take you anywhere between 20 – 30 minutes (including waiting time). If you’re a little more experienced, you can expect the entire process to only take about 10 – 15 minutes in total.

Mirror shine steps

Follow our simple but detailed tutorial to get the most pristine mirror shine on your dress shoes!

old dirty saf boot for polishing

1. Prepare the shoes or boots

Remove the shoe laces from the shoe or boot so that you can access the entire surface of the shoe. Insert a pair of shoe trees now to make the shoes easier to handle, as well as provide a firm surface to work the leather on. Lay newspapers on your work area – shoe polishing will get messy quickly. removing polish with rubbing alcohol

2. Clean your shoes / boots

For the clearest mirror shines, it is best to start afresh with the original finish of the leather. Dust and old polish chips from previous polish layers can become trapped in the new wax polish you apply, creating a cloudy layer. Use a horsehair brush to get rid of dust on the shoe and within crevices. Follow this up with a damp rag until all dust has been removed. Next, use a leather cleaner like Saphir Reno’mat with a rag to strip off all existing layers of polish on the shoe leather. The Saphir Reno’mat dissolves old polish so it can be wiped off easily, and you’ll start to see the leather grain exposed again.

3. Apply leather conditioner and cream polish if required

Since most leather cleaners also strip some of the essential oils from leather, you should follow up with a leather conditioner like Saphir Renovateur if you are working on a pair of leather dress shoes instead of military boots. With all substances on top of the leather removed, this is when the conditioning oils will gain maximum penetration. If any part of your leather shoes require recolouring, you should also apply your pigment-rich cream polish before the next step.

apply liberal amount of wax polish on boot

4. Apply a thick base coat to fill in and level the uneven surface

Base coats fill in the pits and pores of the leather grain quickly and form the foundation for your mirror layers. For speed, use the horsehair dauber brush to pick up a liberal amount of polish and spread it in quick circles all over the shoe, making sure the entire shoe is covered evenly and thickly. Allow the wax to dry completely for at least 30 minutes and until no polish comes off when rubbed lightly with your finger. Once dry, brush at this layer in light, quick strokes – also known as “buffing” – with a horsehair buffing brush. This creates a little heat and smoothens the wax layer to create a slight shine known as a “brush shine”. Most people stop here as the shoe would already look brand new – but you’re going for the ultimate prize: a parade mirror shine!

5. Build more base coats over the toe caps until leather grain fades

You should only attempt to mirror shine the hard toe caps of your shoes and boots, and only until just under the area where they crease when walking. This is because mirror shines consist of a thick layer of hard wax that will crack when bent if applied over the creases. Repeat step 4 to build more base coats over the toe cap area to be mirror shined. Do this until you see the leather grain start to noticeably fade compared to the rest of the shoe, indicating that the pits of the leather have been filled considerably. You might find it easier to limit the application area by using a rag wrapped tightly around your finger to apply the polish, then buffing with a dry cloth. This typically takes about 10 coats using regular wax polishes, but could be done in as little as 3 coats using a harder, specialty wax polish like Saphir Mirror Gloss.

6. Water shine / “spit-shine” the toe caps

In this step, you’ll finally be polishing the wax layer into a smooth surface to create a mirror surface. There are many things to take note of in this step, so we’ll break it down into a few parts: Picking up the wax Wrap a fresh part of the cotton cloth tightly around your index finger and secure it. A rubber hand maybe be helpful here. Add 1-2 drops of water onto your fingertip, then get a minute amount of wax on the wet fingertip. In contrast to building base coats in the previous step, using as little amounts of wax as possible is key here. This is because the fresh wax still contains solvent – using too much will make the wax take longer to dry, allowing the solvent to dissolve and remove the foundation base coats we worked so hard to build up. Applying the wax Apply this wax in small quick circles onto the area to be mirror-shined. Using an extremely light touch is crucial in this step as you do not want to be rubbing off any partially dissolved existing wax polish layers, but allowing the small amount of wax on your fingertip to slough off onto the hardened polish layers instead. Imagine tracing the surface of the leather with your fingertip, the fingertip should not dent from the pressure. These light, quick circular motions will work the thin layer of wax you’ve applied into a smooth layer. Working / buffing the wax As you work the wax, you’ll notice that friction between your finger and wax starts to increase until it becomes hard to continue circling with a light touch. At the same time, the area would’ve turned matte and cloudy. Don’t worry – you haven’t ruined your hard work! This is when solvent in the wax has dried and the wax is hardening. It is crucial to continue shaping the wax into a smooth layer at this stage. Add a drop of water onto the polish as lubrication and continue with your light circles, adding more drops of water whenever friction becomes too much. Do this until the matte finish disappears to reveal a shine. You’ll notice that this shine is much glossier than those from buffing the base coats. Congratulations – you are almost there! Allow the wax to dry completely and harden Let this wax layer sit for 10-15 minutes. Rushing to apply the next layer will only prevent further wax layers from being built – patience is key to mirror shining. Repeat until desired level of gloss is achieved Add more thin layers of wax polish in minute amounts until the desired level of clarity is achieved in the wax. A few things to take note of:

  • Use the minimal amount of wax required to just cover the area to be mirror shined.
  • Be patient – allow each layer to dry and harden completely or you’ll never progress.
  • Have realistic expectations: Mirror shines will have very tiny surface scratches when viewed as closely as you do while polishing them. Because you are polishing the wax by hand, the surface will not be perfect so reflections may appear distorted close-up. These are unnoticeable when worn in the street.
  • Specialty waxes like the Saphir Mirror Gloss can achieve clearer shines than regular wax polishes.
  • Countless thin layers are required – don’t count them. Just have your desired level of finish in mind to know when to stop.

7. An amateur’s trick

Even when your desire level of shine is achieved, you may notice some water streaks clouding the surface of the mirror shine. After the wax dries completely, wrap a fresh part of the cotton polishing cloth around your index finger again. Place a tiny drop of rubbing alcohol on the finger tip and run it over the mirror shine in the same light circles as before. This dissolves the top layer of polish very slightly and works away the streaks. Voila! A clear, high-gloss military mirror shine that will surely impress!

8. Maintaining your mirror shine

A mirror shine is extremely delicate and notroiously hard to maintain. This is why we recommend only mirror shining for special occasions or black-tie events. That said, here are some tips to make your mirror shines last longer:

  1. Stay out of the sun, heat makes the wax softer and more easily scratched.
  2. Use a specialty wax like Saphir Mirror Gloss. The concentration of hard waxes in Saphir Mirror Gloss is much, much higher, making the mirror shines it produces much harder and durable. It is also easier to create a mirror shine with the Saphir Mirror Gloss for the same reason.
  3. After every wear, clean off use a mild cleaner like saddle soap to remove the topmost polish layer where dust and dirt may have become stuck. Replace this with a thin water shine layer as in step 6 to fill in any scratches from the day and refinish the mirror layer.

Eventually, the mirror shine will still degrade in luster, crack, or meet an irreparable scratch and you’ll have to rebuild one from scratch.

How to choose the best products for mirror shining

Polishing cloth

The polishing cloth is the tool used to shape the wax into a smooth, reflective finish so the material used is crucial to the clarity of your shine.

  • Use a cloth made of an organic fiber – the most common being cotton. Never use synthetic fibers like microfiber. Though soft to touch, the polymeric chemical structure is “hard” and will scratch softer organic materials like leather.
  • Choose a soft, finely woven variant of cotton like flannel. Avoid coarser weaves and knits like twill, denim, and canvas.
  • Use a thin cloth to gauge and control pressure more easily.
  • Choose cloths without raised or stray fibers as these will leave lint.

The best polishing cloths can be cut from old shirts (made of 100% cotton). They are thin, smooth, and the fibers are usually long so they do not break off and leave lint.

Wax shoe polish

Saphir Mirror Gloss As the substance that creates the smooth, reflective mirror layer over your toe caps, the wax shoe polish used is the most important factor in determining how quickly you create the mirror shine, and how long it lasts.

  • Choose wax shoe polishes with an extremely high wax-to-solvent ratio. These waxes are harder and drier, making them easier to mold into thick layers that level the unevenness in leather surfaces. They also create longer-lasting mirror shines. These are usually specialty wax polishes for mirror shining.
  • As a large amount of polish will be coating the mirror shined leather (relative to the rest of the shoe), you’ll want to invest in a quality wax polish that uses natural agents. Many conventional wax polish brands use synthetic solvents, resins, silicones, and petroleum-based waxes that are very drying to leather.
  • Use a neutral wax (or black for black shoes) if you want to maintain the original colour of your shoes. Because a large amount of wax polish will be on top of the leather, pigments in a coloured polish add up and tend to slightly darken the mirror shined area. Some people do prefer this darkening, however.

So far, the only ones who have figured out how to make super-high concentration wax shoe polishes using natural waxes and solvents is Saphir, who have incorporated this knowledge into the Saphir Mirror Gloss. Not only does the Saphir Mirror Gloss use a natural pine-based turpentine solvent. It also uses a blend of multiple natural waxes (such as beeswax, montan, and carnauba) that help it stand up to a variety of conditions.

Buffing brush

A good buffing brush helps you clean dirt and buff base coats quickly without damaging the leather or removing any polish.

  • Choose a buffing brush with natural bristles like horsehair. Natural bristles are soft enough not to scratch leather or remove polish while generating enough heat to buff the polish.
  • Make sure to use a buffing brush with high bristle density for more effective cleaning and buffing.
  • Some shoe owners prefer buffing brushes with a slightly curved handle that accommodates the natural brushing motion.

ShoeTree Project’s Horsehair Buffing Brush uses 100% horse tailhair, which is more robust and break-resistant than regular horsehair bristles. In addition, we also incorporate an ergonomically curved, handcrafted Schima hardwood handle with finger holds that makes buffing a comfortable motion.

Dauber brush

Horsehair Shoe Polish Dauber Brush size A dauber brush (aka applicator brush) consists of a head of horsehair bristles and a spatula-style handle. In mirror shining, they help to apply base coats of wax polish quickly and evenly. They are also useful for applying other products like conditioning creams, cream polishes etc. while keeping your hands clean.

  • Like the buffing brush, choose a dauber brush with natural horsehair bristles.
  • A high bristle density helps apply polish evenly.
  • Make sure to use a separate dauber brush for each colour of polish. Sharing the same brush across multiple colours will cross-contaminate the polish colours, and also leave streaks on your polished shoes.

Like our buffing brush, our dauber applicator brushes also use horse tailhair. Because we are strong believers in the Saphir Medaille d’Or collection, we have sized the head of our dauber brushes to fit nicely into their polish jars. [head&jar]

Strong leather cleaner

saphir renomat leather cleaner A strong leather cleaner, also commonly called a leather stripper, which dissolves all polish layers on top for removal. This allows you to build clean and clear foundation layers so your mirror shines don’t look cloudy.

  • Make sure that the leather stripper used doesn’t contain ingredients harmful to leather.
  • Choose a leather stripper that only removes the layers of polish and impurities above the leather, and not the original dye finish.
  • Test the leather cleaner on a less visible portion of your shoe like the inside of your heel to make sure it doesn’t remove the original finish.

We recommend the Saphir Reno’mat Leather Cleaner, which is also an effective stain remover. It is powerful enough to remove 6 months of build up in a single session, and also works on harmful silicones and resins.

Mild leather cleaner

Saphir Saddle Soap A mild leather cleaner removes only the topmost layers which tend to stick up dust and dirt. This prevents the impurities from being trapped under a new layer of wax polish, which makes the mirror shine look dirty. This is useful when adding wax polish layers to maintain a mirror shine.

  • Like the leather stripper, your mild leather cleaner also shouldn’t contain ingredients harmful to leather.
  • It should be easy to control as you don’t want to end up removing too much of the wax polish you worked so hard to build up.

The Saphir Saddle Soap is a great option: being solid, it is really easy to control the amount of product applied and the area treated. It is also glycerin-based so it removes a limited amount of polish each time. The only qualm we have is that it comes with a synthetic applicator sponge, which might not be good for leather. However, you can easily substitute this with a horsehair dauber brush or clean cotton cloth.

Shoe trees

shoe tree Shoe trees support the leather from inside the shoe to provide you a firm platforn to work polish into the leather. You can stuff your shoes with newspaper, but it makes much more sense to use a purpose-made pair of shoe trees that will also drastically prolong the lifespan of your leather shoes. We rank a quality pair of shoe trees right along a good leather conditioner as the most important products towards wearing your leather shoes for life.

  • Choose shoe trees that are shaped similarly to feet rather than generically shaped ones. This will fit more closely to your shoes, provide a better platform for mirror shining, and keep your shoes in their proper shape.
  • Avoid shoe trees with a ball at the end of a spring rod for a heel – a budget feature. These place too much pressure on a small spot and will distort the heel area quickly. Instead, choose shoe trees with fully articulated heels.
  • Choose shoe trees with spring-loaded components that automatically adjust to fit a variety of shoe shapes well. These provide good support for applying polish onto the leather and, more importantly, uncrease the leather upper better. Deep creases indicate lines where the leather fibers have broken, and they are prone to cracking.
  • Shoe trees made of unvarnished wood help absorb moisture from sweat that has seeped into the shoe lining, preventing lining rot. We recommend American Red Cedarwood, which has a natural pine fragrance that acts as a shoe freshener and insect repellent.
  • Avoid plastic shoe trees – instead of absorbing moisture, they prevent ventilation of the shoe interior and increase the risk of lining rot.

Shoe trees are our flagship product: We handcraft them out of fresh American Red Cedar heartwood (the strongest part of the tree) for its fragrance and moisture absorption power. Not only will they fit any shoe shape, we make them in a whopping 12 unique sizes so you get the best fit. This is why ShoeTree Project clients entrust their new shoes to our shoe trees time and again. Follow the tips above to make sure you have the best tools for creating that coveted mirror shine, or you could get all the above (and skip the trouble of vetting for quality) in ShoeTree Project’s specially curated Mirror Shine Kit – at a discount too! mirror shine kit

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