Clean Condition & Polish A Dress Shoe | Spit Shining Formal Footwear | Shine Shoes Like A Marine
Clean Condition & Polish A Dress Shoe | Spit Shining Formal Footwear | Shine Shoes Like A Marine

[Music] Before you get started, you want to cover
your workspace with newspaper or a protective rag. To prepare your dress shoe for polishing,
first, remove the shoelaces. Next, slip in a shoe tree or wadded a paper to give the shoe form during
the polish. Step number one. Clean the shoe. Remove any dirt, any salt, any grime. It�s very important as sand left in the shoe can ruin your final
polished look. Next, lightly apply saddle soap to a clean rag and rub gently over the soap to create
a little bit of a lather. Apply the soap to the surface of the shoe to clean it and to remove any
old polish. Let your shoe air dry for about ten minutes or wipe dry to speed up the process. Step number two. Condition your leather dress shoe. I recommend you condition your shoes weekly if you wear them at least three times
a week. Monthly if you�re wearing them only occasionally. Use a clean rag to work the conditioner evenly
over the entire shoe. Let the conditioner soak in and dry for twenty minutes. Wipe off any excess. Step three. Apply a cream polish to the entire shoe. Take the applicator brush and evenly coat the surface of the entire shoe. Remember, a little goes a long way and you
could always apply a second coat. After you finished applying the polish cream,
give it a quick buffing with the horsehair brush. Repeat as necessary and at the end of the
procedure give it about fifteen minutes to dry. Next, apply was polish over the entire shoe. Wrap a soft rag tightly around two fingers
and apply a small amount of the polish to the
cloth. Coat the surface of the shoe working in small circular motions. Buff it with the soft horsehair brush and
repeat the step once or twice to get a slightly higher shine. To get that coveted mirrored finish, first
apply a very small amount of polish on your rag, dip your fingers in the water and put a drop of
water on the toe of the shoe. Rub the polish in using quick strokes until the surface is clear. Repeat this step many times. In fact, you could easily spend twenty minutes on a single shoe here. What we�re doing is we�re building up
the layers of wax and using pressure to create a mirrored
shine. Now, stay focused on the shoe toe, you don�t
want a spit shine your entire shoe. The reason being is any place where the leather flexes
it�s going to crack the polish, so it�s best to spit shine the toe cap and maybe the back of the shoe. If you�re willing to put in the effort,
you can make your old shoes look better than when you actually
bought them. 2 For a great in-depth look at the shoe shining
process, check out the accompanying article here at If you want more information on how to purchase
the perfect pair of dress shoes for you, go grab our free eighty
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me know in the comments what you thought of this video

100 thoughts on “Clean Condition & Polish A Dress Shoe | Spit Shining Formal Footwear | Shine Shoes Like A Marine”

  1. Real Men Real Style says: – Click Here To Read The Article – How to Shine Shoes Like A Marine – Click Here For A Free 85-Page Dress Shoe Guide eBook

    Video Summary:
    0:15 – Materials Needed
    1:21 – Step 1: Clean The Shoes
    1:48 – Step 2: Use Leather Conditioner
    2:14 – Step 3: Apply A Cream Polish
    2:39 – Step 4: Use A Wax Polish
    3:02 – Step 5: The Spit Shine

  2. Michael Lebert says:

    You remind me of my AFJROTC Master Sgt.You both talk and look alike haha I remember him teaching our class about shining shoes.Great videos as always btw

  3. Jack Feng says:

    damn thats really shiny

  4. DraganGrazic says:

    i have a set of shoe shinning brushes both are the same length one is pointy at one end how do i use those two?

    D.A.I. Grazic

  5. Omar Rosales says:

    When attempting to purchase cream polish for an oxblood color shoe, what color should that be? Brown, medium brown or dusky brown? Anyone know?

  6. Evan Tate says:

    Great stuff!

  7. Generic Gaming says:

    "spit shine" no spit

  8. Skeet Sirmons says:

    Question: do you have any suggestions for good overshoes to protect my dress shoes during inclement weather?

  9. BrIaN DoMnIc says:

    love ur intro

  10. SIMO says:

    great informative video

  11. Tyler Cullen says:

    High quality video. I only occasionally wear dress shoes, and I resent how dusty and dirty they've become. This will definitely help me get them back to top shape.

  12. J, Ludwig says:

    How to clean and take care of suede?

  13. J, Ludwig says:

    is there a link to the music used in the video?

  14. Chris Russell says:

    Thx for info.

  15. Mohanroop S says:

    hi Antonio,

    brilliant video! just have a few questions. The video video is pretty straightforward with a black Oxford. But how do you find cream polishes for shoes with peculiar colours like day oxblood or for even browns it's quite a big spectrum to cover. so my question is how to find the correct color of cream polish to your respective shoe color?

  16. Brian Hom says:

    Do you use saddle soap everytime you polish your shoe? I plan on buying a pair of Paul Evans one day and I want to know what to do every time and what not to do everytime.

  17. Tyler Jordan says:

    I know this is a bit of an older video but super high quality/production value!

  18. Joel Dugger says:

    RMRS wins again!

  19. stoneykr says:

    Great video! How do you decide which color best suits your shoe? I had a brown pair and tried to polish them and the polish was a few shades off. I couldn't tell at the time of purchase but it ruined them. How do you decide for shoes that are two tone?

  20. Chuck Norris says:

    Perfect lengh video! Thanks mate!

  21. Mark Bly says:

    This is a fantastic video!!! I love the vibe with the music in the background. Super informative content as well.

  22. Shafiq Mazlan says:

    This has almost never been mentioned in all of the shoe polishing videos I've watched; do you clean the dirt off shoes at the start using the same brush that you would use later on for buffing the polish? Or do you use 2 separate brushes – one for removing dirt and one for polishing?

  23. Mark Lorette says:

    Where did you get these shoes?

  24. Delano Scott says:

    Awesome video! I'm going use this one to teach my boys about shining shoes!

  25. Treisiess says:

    I find using a soft rag works really well for buffing. It's how I shined my shoes back when I was in JROTC.

  26. Prateek Bhanj says:

    what could I use as an alternative to saddle soap

  27. NowThatsMusiQ says:

    Is it necessary to apply the polish cream?

  28. Luke Szpunar says:

    Do you have a brand of shoe polish or shoe care products would you recommend?

  29. Comment Youtube says:

    I only have a neutral polish and some water but despite getting a beautiful shine via the polish and small dabs of water, as soon as I take a brush to it, it smears it and dulls the surface again. If I put my fingers on the shoe too, it leaves a greasy imprint. WHAT DO I DO?

  30. Ben Heinatz says:

    Great tips! I've been told to let the wax polish dry between applications. You don't agree?

  31. Matthew McDowall says:

    marines shine their shoes ?? whats the point

  32. Oliver Lutsch says:

    whats the name of the song ?

  33. The Review Panel says:

    excellent, very convincing video. quick, question: NYC shoe shines I visit like to use dye in the process, which you omit. care to comment?

  34. Daniel GenX6887 Harrison says:

    What do you use to clean and protect leather soles?

  35. Victor Brenes says:

    What are some brands or kits that you would recommend to purchase?

  36. jason Burnett says:

    how do i get a ebook .

  37. Michael Donovan says:

    Where did you get all of your products?

  38. Areesha Shaikh says:

    it is so good idea i saw many video but i like this format 🙂 keep it up 😉

  39. Kicker Vallas says:

    Suggest sole dressing as well 😉 can be used for the edges of the soles (as intended) but can also be used to dress any stitching that fades … also, should really hit with alcohol using the applicator brush (I prefer an old toothbrush) after initial brush cleaning to remove/redistribute any old wax buildup 🙂 … and hey! we were usually docked if there weren't stars where the shoe/boot flexed HA HA HA!

  40. Vincent says:

    Which brand of shoe trees did you use?

  41. Aldo Ruiz says:

    Hey Antonio im thinking about joining the marines because its a dream of mine. However, i have a pretty thin skin, my loved ones tell me theyd be depressed if i join and i personally fear not coming back alive from the battlefield. What is your opinion?

  42. Anna's Burning Curiosity says:

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  43. scott carpenter says:

    Like your style Marine

  44. Jim Hill says:

    What is the name of the song/music that's playing throughout?

  45. Adam Rankin says:

    I've always thought you're suppose to use a little water when applying Saddle Soap ??

  46. Riaan Eloff says:

    Hi Antonio, Thanks for awesome videos! All the things you mention here in this video, should I be doing it every time I wear that specific shoe, or should one only do certain of the steps? Should one only shine every time? Also thanks for the linked article. Went through that too, but did not see any indication. Please advise if possible? Am concerned that if I wear my shoes twice a week, that this process may be overkill?

    Also, could you advise: I have a pair of brown leather Chelsea boots. Even though they are brown (light brown), the toe is darker than the body. How does one deal with getting the correct colour polish, or should I use a transparent polish?

  47. MP says:

    Bad video , they didn't tell the process for the other shoe , can not have only one side show shined 😜

  48. Paul Jolly says:

    Very nice. Good tips and the video quality is more professional than the majority of others on YouTube.

  49. The frog 769 says:

    EXCELLENT JOB very happy WITH my CHOICE to view your CHANNEL.

  50. seventy Sanchez says:

    Could a board bristle brush be used too??

  51. Ben Whitehead says:

    Hey Antonio, could you possibly add links to the products used in this video? Thanks

  52. F G says:

    In my opinion this is the one of the best instructional videos that I have seen to mirror shine shoes. Plan & Simple & down to the point.

  53. Kevin G says:

    damn i be looking like a proper sir on those shoes, panties be dropping.

  54. Jack HAMMER says:

    use a heat gun on low to heat and melt the wax on the toe…and use a stretched panty hose to buff the toe as well

  55. Schay hayward says:

    I really enjoyed the background music. This is something i need to do alot more often. Ive been a bad shoe/boot owner for many years and am excited to practiceb better shoe care.

  56. Juan G says:

    Great video Antonio!

  57. Sanjay Mourya says:

    hidi me

  58. Ham AlA says:

    Before this demo, I upped to see my shoes in the dustbin at the backyard of my home, There will always be a period of before watching you and after watching you! You had added a real extra dimension to a world of, somehow thought to be forgotten or neglected, Real Men!

  59. Jon Randall says:

    well done! thanks !

  60. seraphicness says:

    who has this kind of time. 20 min a week?

  61. Greg Speich says:

    Can you do a review on tasselmate TASSELMATE – THE NEW & ONLY WAY TO FIX YOUR TASSELS, I found this at the shoe Snob, I don't wear tassels on my shoes because they lose there shape.

  62. Mark Purcell says:

    how long did it take you to get the mirror shine? And yes I know this was uploaded a few years ago

  63. MrDarkplace22 says:

    what shoe polish should i buy for oxblood shoes, i can't find a any red shoe polish in Australia

  64. Eloygy1234 Plays says:

    Well, i dont have those

  65. Mark Purcell says:

    This is an amazing way to polish your shoes. I used it to start polishing my cadet shoes and the first shine was amazing i did this once and after about only 1 week of doing a normal way I can now see my own reflection in the polish and I get no complaints from higher ranking NCOS or staff. Great Advice

  66. Karim El-Zein says:

    great vid

  67. T dawg 55 says:

    Damn hella work. Ill jus go buy some new shoes instead.

  68. Lag1914 says:

    I noticed the cream and wax polish are dark. Does it come in a lighter color for brown shoes?

  69. Shay Cormac says:

    do you apply the saddle soap to the entire shoe or just the front, it wasn't quite clear,,, thank you

  70. Mark Sinclair says:

    THANK YOU! I work at a very prestigious country club in the locker-room/ Valet department and I’m required to shoe shine members boots/dress shoes when requested this vid helped out a lot to up my game and I have impressed some of our members just by watching the vid and learning, thanks again man!

  71. Ben Garcia says:

    I love this video but legit question, do you wash and or rinse your creme polish brush? I ask because after using a cognac cream polish, the bristles got hard after awhile. The brand of creme polish I used was called Ralyn
    Lmk what you think Antonio
    Or anyone else commenting on this video.

  72. Mauriziobarenboim says:

    When should i polish my shoes if I wear them at least 2 times a week? And if I condition my shoes do i have to polish them?

  73. Sylvia Hellewell says:

    When I was little my dad always polished his shoes this way every Sunday evening and I loved watching him. Of course he taught me how to do it and I still do it to this day. Excellent video.

  74. Роза Скакова says:

    Antonio, wax special for shoes or can I use the usual?

  75. GinoesXtrim says:

    So many brush and items

  76. Donald Rossi says:

    the dub music, the video being 4:20… i think hes trying to tell us something

  77. Jay B. says:

    Every time I try to mirror shine, the wax/water just strip all polished layers beneath it. It’s quite frustrating, any tips to help prevent that?

  78. Lasha Murjikneli says:

    At first step, are u using horsehair brush for dust removing?

  79. fuqoff aye? says:

    Or you could skip the first four steps, brush the shoes, put some kiwi shoe polish then brush. Done deal.

  80. TomF1970 says:

    whats your thoughts on corframs… I mean "coro-sham" shoes? I use to spit shine my shoes forever and a day in years gone by, but I have my "plastic" shoes now and wouldn't go back. However, I did notice they do fall apart after a few years.

  81. lizardfirefighter110 says:

    Honor Guard by Kiwi. Good to go, and your on your way in 10 minutes.

  82. Pithecophaga jefferyi says:

    is it ok to use plastic bristle shoe brush?

  83. Han Rhee says:

    Brings back the memory from the boot camp.
    Spent so much time waxing boots and dress uniform shoes, my elbow started "creaking" nearing the graduation. XD
    I remember our being yelled for not polishing the tongue of the dress shoes.
    We used more a primitive way of waxing our shoes in the bootcamp:

    1.Brush time multiple times
    2.Spit shine with a regular wax
    3.Fold the new shoes or wear them to break in and remove the residue with the horse hair brush.
    4.Spit shine some more.
    5.Use "Parade Gloss" wax ahead of important inspections and graduation.

    It takes a lot more time shining shoes this way with no help of cream and a leather conditioner.

    By the way if you want to separate yourself from average shoe shiners, don't forget to do edge dressing once in awhile.

  84. Stephen Aspinall says:

    Cut it out with that shit music. Good vid otherwise

  85. Gene Wagstaff says:

    It must be something I unconsciously picked up during my military days, but I have never had trouble with polish cracking when I have spit shined an entire boot or shoe. And I have never been able to figure out how it happens, but it works. Spray shine had some popularity; alI I will say about is is; stay away from spray shine no matter what. Using any spray product, including hair spray, will only result on disaster.

  86. noConnect ifc says:

    Good Lord, that's what I call a mirror shine toe.
    Nice video, thank you!

  87. IsrarTaj83 says:

    Great video, but if I may make a suggestion: use a second shoe brush or else you'll be re applying the dirt to the shoe all over again.

  88. Asad Mehmood says:


  89. Ilmar-Alexander Alasjärvi says:

    What are the products used in this video? Would like to try them!

  90. Marc P. Perez says:

    “Joe Pesci disliked this video.”

  91. JLBRIXYPLAYZ says:

    What if i use my shoes daily

  92. Capt Janmejay Vaishnav says:

    I condition my new shoes for seven days with coconut oil. One of my orderlies taught me to condition the leather this way when I was in the Indian Army. Works wonders and fortifies the leather. Spit shining shoes after treating them with coconut oil leaves them gleaming for long and polishing is much easier.

  93. brianstaugust says:

    Really a great description of this process, Antonio. I remember slaving over my dress shoes at Pensacola NAS as an aviation officer candidate years ago under the tutelage – and review – of our Marine Corps drill instructors. I seem to remember also holding a small flame to the toebox when applying extra coats of wax to enhance the finish. Is that still done or was it an old Marine's tale?

  94. Dismas Joseph says:

    Again good as its a quick version.

  95. firebearfl says:

    One thing I did learn at NTC San Diego was how to shine shoes. Thank you for your service Marine.

  96. Cyanide Triazide says:

    I cant even control when polishing my shoes. Always a clear and clean mirror shine. But it cracks every single time

  97. Tang Ke says:

    Use to polish my boots zzz

  98. dalepres1 says:

    Is the purpose of the video to show off your musical preferences or to show how to polish shoes? Since the music goes through the entire video it must be the former and not the latter. I turned down the music and then couldn't hear how to polish shoes so I went on to Kirby Allison's wonderful videos on shoe polishing.

  99. Ross Smith says:

    Every time that I spit polish my shoes
    1. Clean with a good boot polish
    2. Use a soft cloth, one finger, a good swipe of boot polish onto it and apply in a small circular motion.
    It may sound disgusting, but use spit (just make sure that it’s clean).
    End result, beautiful spit polished shoes. I’ve been doing it this way for approx 40 years.

  100. Tedford Hyde says:

    Just getting back into your vids Antonio! Great job as always! Keep up the fine work sir.

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