A few weeks ago I taught you how to shine your shoes.
This week I’ll teach you how to get an acceptable shine by cheating.
You’ll only need a few things, water, paper towel, and lotion. Yes, leather is a lot like your skin and you can use a small amount of hand or body lotion to moisturize it just like you do on your own body or hands.
Don’t use a lotion with fragrances or additives, and I wouldn’t do this on a pair of $2000 St. Crispin’s but I would on a dark (dark brown or black) pair of every day loafers (read under $300).
With a damp paper towel wipe the leather clean but don’t moisten it. This is just to take off the layer of dirt that’s accumulated which is the reason you need an impromptu shine in the first place. After that massage a small dab of hand or body lotion into the leather like you would if you were conditioning it.
Emphasis on small, you want to layer it on lightly. In a few minutes your shoes should be 100% more respectable than they were when you started.
It’s no substitute for a real shoe shine, but when you need a touch up, you can’t go wrong.
To get a real deal shine check here.