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Best shoe polish kit 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated May 1, 2019
Best shoe polish kit of 2018
Here, I will review 3 of the best shoe polish kit of 2018, and we will also discuss the things to consider when looking to purchase one. I hope you will make an informed decision after going through each of them. We’ve narrowed down our options based on the customer feedback (read positive reviews), functionality, material and size. In other words, we’ve put all fundamentals into consideration to come up with a comprehensive list that suits various needs.
There’s a product for every kind of user on the list of affordable options below. If you’re reading this, it is very likely that you’re scouting for the best shoe polish kit.
Test Results and Ratings
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Why did this shoe polish kit win the first place?
I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product.
Why did this shoe polish kit come in second place?
The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made.
№3 – Magicfly Shoes Polish Kit-9Pcs Shoe Shine Care kit Neutral with Elegant PU Leather Compact Case
Why did this shoe polish kit take third place?
The material is incredibly nice to the touch. It has a great color, which will suit any wallpapers. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new.
shoe polish kit Buyer’s Guide
Who this is for
If you own leather shoes, you should care for them. And caring for your shoes requires supplies and tools. If you currently depend on your local shoe-shine stand for even the most routine shoe-care needs but want to start taking things into your own hands, whether for pleasure or for economic reasons, this guide will give you the product guidance necessary to build your own shoe-care kit. Similarly, if you already have a shoe-shine routine but are finding yourself disappointed with the results, this guide might help you discover products that will produce better results.
We limited our focus to shoe-care products for calfskin leather shoes, a category that includes most dress or casual leather shoes and boots.
Although we made our picks by testing on high-end Allen Edmonds shoes, these products will work just as well on cheaper shoes and on even higher-end shoes. However, we limited our focus to shoe-care products for calfskin leather shoes, a category that includes most dress or casual leather shoes and boots. If you have shoes made of suede, roughout, waxed flesh, shell cordovan (the material, not the color), or some other niche material, some or most of these products may not apply to your situation.
These trees, which will fit most dress shoes (US men’s shoe sizes 5½–1or women’s sizes 7–18½), are built to last and budget-friendly.
Most likely, your shoes came in a shoe bag. If you wear your shoes on a frequent basis (say, at least once a week), keeping them in the bag isn’t imperative. However, if you have a pair of shoes that see less frequent wear, or if you need to store a pair of shoes for the season, putting them inside the shoe bag (with trees in them) to protect them from dust is your best bet. If you don’t have a shoe bag, a canvas tote bag will do (avoid Ziploc and other plastic bags, which do not breathe and can promote mold growth).
The tools and supplies you’ll need to shine your shoes
This guide covers five tools and supplies that we have found through our research, our interviews with experts, and our in-store testing with Stanley Mayes to be indispensable components of your shoe-care routine.
A shoe brush is an essential tool for cleaning off dust from your shoes and for buffing in moisturizers and polishes. While any horsehair brush will work, our testing found that paying more than the minimum amount to get a more effective tool is a worthwhile investment.
Our shoe brush pick
This model has denser, more uniform bristles than cheaper options, so it helps you get more done with fewer passes.
While any old rag will work for cleaning and polishing your shoes, a shoe-specific brush is a must-have for everyday maintenance, and you would be hard-pressed to find something lying around your house that does what a good shoe brush does. Commonly made from horsehair, the bristles on a shoe-shine brush are delicate enough as to not scratch the surface of the leather but stiff enough to remove dirt and debris and to work polish up to a shine. Although shoe-shine brushes can be made from more exotic materials, horsehair is consistently accepted as being an ideal bristle material for most shining and cleaning purposes. The brush should be a good enough size such that using the brush is not tedious in any manner or hard to grip. With that in mind, we were able to narrow the field of brushes down to three contenders: the ubiquitous shoe-shine brush made by Kiwi, a more luxe version made by Allen Edmonds, and an elegant and slightly more spendy horsehair brush made by Kirby Allison.
I’m confident in recommending the Kirby Allison Medium Horsehair Shoe Polishing Brush as our top pick because of its high-quality construction. Among our test group, it had by far the best combination of bristle quality, density, and distribution.
Bristle evenness and density on the Kiwi (left), Allen Edmonds (center), and Kirby Allison (right) brushes.
The bristles on the Kirby Allison brush were more uniformly and densely distributed in comparison with those on the Kiwi and Allen Edmonds brushes. This design delivers a superior brushing experience for several reasons: First, because the bristles are more densely packed, the Kirby Allison brush removes more dirt and debris per stroke than the others. Second, the uniformity of the bristle distribution on the Kirby Allison brush means that you’ll be less likely to have an uneven distribution of polish when you buff your shoes and less likely to have any pressure points where more-dense spots of the brush smash against your shoes, potentially scratching them. While the Allen Edmonds brush offered comparable bristle quality, we saw more variation in bristle density. The Kiwi brush was neither soft nor uniform. Although the Kirby Allison brush is admittedly a bit pricy, shoe-shine brushes are relatively durable (according to Stanley Mayes, brushes in his shop last several years before wearing down excessively), and you can wash yours (gently!) in warm water and leave it to dry to remove caked-on excess polish.
As for user-friendliness, the Kirby Allison and Allen Edmond brushes are each significantly larger than the Kiwi brush, which means that you’ll need fewer strokes to buff a pair of shoes with either of those brushes in comparison with the Kiwi brush. I polled several people around the office of varying hand sizes and genders, and most but not all said that the Allen Edmonds and Kirby Allison brushes were not so large that they were difficult to handle. The Kirby Allison and Kiwi brushes have divots alongside the wooden handles, making them marginally easier to get a grip onto, whereas the Allen Edmonds handle is ungrooved.
Kiwi Horsehair Polish Applicator
There’s also the question of accessory shoe brushes. You can find brushes for nearly every special cleaning task, but if you intend to buy just one specialty brush, I have to recommend getting at least one dauber for applying cleaner and an optional one for polish, which you can also apply with a rag. (Conditioner is better applied with a rag.) Because you will need separate brushes for each color, we recommend going cheap. The most cost-effective 100 percent horsehair dauber is made by Kiwi, and it gets the job done as well as anything.
Unless your shoes are fresh out of the box, your first step is to clean them. If it hasn’t been too long since your last shine (read: you haven’t lapsed in your routine), and your shoes don’t have any stains, you can probably get by with a solid brushing with a horsehair brush and a wipe with a damp cloth. However, if you have stains on your shoes (even water stains), or if it’s been a while since your last shine, cleaning with a cleaner is a must.
Good old-fashioned saddle soap cleans the surface of the shoe and prepares it for polishing, with minimal stain loss.
Saddle soap, as its name suggests, was created to clean leather saddles. Every company uses a different formulation, and most (including Fiebing’s) keep their formulations proprietary and thereby unavailable for public review. However, after conducting a meta-review of 1different saddle soaps and reading multiple shoe-care guides, we discovered that saddle soaps rely on a similar, basic formulation of a mild soap that acts as a surfactant and a blend of oils and greases that replenish some (but not all) of the oils that the soap removes.
So how to keep your shoes in tip-top condition? That depends on the leather – each has its own process. Let’s take a look at four of the more common types: calf, cordovan, suede, and reptile.
Follow along and I’ll show step by step how to have your shoes looking their best for years to come.
Pictured: Nettleton Split-Toe Loafer in American Alligator leather.
Wipe the shoes with a damp cloth to remove any surface dust and dirt. It’s always best to work with a clean surface. Allow a few minutes to dry before advancing to the next step.
Buff the shoes with a horsehair brush. Alligator, lizard, and crocodile skins have scales with a whole lot of nooks and crannies. What the cloth couldn’t reach, the brush should.
Reptan “Beauty Milk”. Gator leather hungrily laps this stuff up, so don’t worry about overuse.
To apply, dip a flannel cloth into the container and lightly rub the “milk” into the leather in a circular motion. The more time you spend massaging the product in, the better. Cover the entire shoe and let the Reptan do its thing for to minutes.
Use your horsehair brush to evenly distribute the product all over the shoe. There should be a slight glossiness to the leather after brushing.
Want more of a shine? Alligator will never quite achieve the luster that calf or cordovan can, but it doesn’t have to be dull. Try wiping your shoes with a clean flannel cloth or a nylon stocking to finish the job.
Cedar Shoe Trees – used to keep the shape of the shoe when not being worn. Shoe trees will also absorb perspiration and work to de-odorize. These will help tremendously to stave off wrinkles/creases. Avoid plastic trees whenever possible.
Shoe Horn – Always use a shoe horn when putting your shoes on. This is for your comfort but also to keep the shape/structure of the upper’s heel.
Horsehair Brushes – Used to brush dirt/dust from your shoes. Also great for spreading products evenly over the entire shoe and buffing leather to a shine.
Leather Conditioners – Apply before polishing to rejuvenate/hydrate the leather. It’s perfectly fine, and even encouraged, to use between polishings as well.
Shoe Cream – Used to color the shoe and create a base layer for wax polish to sit.
Shoe Polish – Used to protect the shoe and make the leather shine.
Flannel Chamois – Useful for applying polishes, creams, and conditioners. They’re especially good for buffing shoes to a shine.
Old Cotton Tshirt – Give a spent undershirt new purpose by using it to apply wax polish.
Applicator Daubers – Small brushes used to spread product, such as creams, across the shoes.
Suede Shampoo – Specifically created for lifting dirt and stains from suede leather.
Spot Eraser – Rub into suede leather to loosen up spots and stains.
Suede/Crepe Brush –Used to raise/straighten the nap of suede leather. Helps the fibers to accept product better.
Suede Protector – Spray on to waterproof suede (to an extent) and keep stains from setting.
Handheld Steamer – Not necessary for shoe care, but a steamer can be used to bring some color and life to suede leather.
Nail Polish Remover – Used with caution and in small doses to strip away old caked-on layers of cream polish.
Black Nylon – Cut up some nylon leggings and use to wipe your shoes after each wear. The nylon will gently remove dust and help to keep your shine gleaming.
Flannel Shoe Bags – These are a must-have when traveling. Store shoes in flannel bags to keep them from getting dinged up in your luggage.
Galoshes – Shoes with leather soles aren’t completely waterproof. Keep the rain from getting inside by slipping the shoes into rubber galoshes.
Cleaning your shoes may seem intimidating because of the cleaning process it entails. But just like any other tasks, cleaning one’s shoes can be easier if you have a reliable companion. And in the case of shoe cleaning, you can always seek the assistance of the best shoe cleaner there is.
But, with the wide array of shoe cleaners you can find on the market, it is hard to be sure that you are buying the product that can remove all the dirt from the shoe surface while maintaining the nice form of your shoes. Well don’t worry, because there are helpful guidelines that you can consider.
If you are on the lookout for the best shoe cleaner, you have to consider important factors. You may not find all of these things in one product, but what matters is that you find a feature that can help you with your specific needs. Here are some considerations that you must look for in a reliable shoe cleaner.
Kiwi Sport Shoe Whitener
You don’t need to be overwhelmed with the wide array of shoe cleaners there are in the market. Just keep in mind all the above-mentioned considerations so you can choose the right product for you. Below are a few shoe cleaners that you can definitely consider.
This is one of the shoe cleaners that is worthy of your attention. Pink Miracle Shoe Cleaner is a reliable cleaner solution for your nubuck boots, leather shoes and white shoes.
The features of Pink Miracle Shoe Cleaner will make you want to use it on your shoes.
With its amazing features, you can just imagine how wonderful its advantages are.
No matter how good a product is, there will always be a trivial disadvantage.
It is packed with helpful features that other shoe cleaners don’t have.
Although this product seems to be perfect, there is a very trivial disadvantage under its name.
Now we need to acquire the actual tools you’ll need to create that brilliant finish and satin smoothness that makes the difference between a beautiful shoe, and just a clean one.
Why not buy each item separately, choosing each on its own merits? It can be enjoyable to research the best brands of applicators, buffers, creams and polishes for your shoes. You’ll also be able to find the best deals on the highest possible quality items for your needs, rather than relying on someone else’s judgment.
Fine leather comes in a spectrum of colors and shades of colors, the wrong polish may darken the original appearance, or change a fine burgundy into a dark wine color.
Ideally you’ll have chosen a polish by sight matching the leather. Now carefully apply a tiny dab to the area just above the heel as a test. Brush off the dab lightly with a tissue and examine the spot. In this way you’ll insure yourself against a polishing accident that cannot be corrected.
Moving on to the question of quality, you have a choice between inexpensive polishes that are based on cheap waxes that will clump up and create a gummy appearance, or higher quality that uses carnauba or beeswax and will create a luxuriant satin like finish.
Solvents are used to keep shoe polish soft, and can be either petroleum based, with its typically bad odor and tendency to dry fine leather, or turpentine based. Turpentine being a natural material has a fresh smell and won’t cause undue stress to the shoe leather.
There are cheap plastic bristle applicators, and there are fine horsehair applicators. Plastic will distribute polish unevenly and usually cause scratching. Horsehair is the way to go, a fine polish needs a fine applicator. Your shine will be brighter and your shoes will look better, longer.
You’ve carefully cleaned your shoes and applied just the right amount of polish, are you going to just buff it all with an old shirt or a dirty rag? No, you’re going to use a fine horsehair buffer to meticulously buff that polish to a mirror finish.
A Word on Shoe Trees
Even while wearing the finest socks on a cool day, your feet will sweat. The moisture will accumulate on the inside of the shoe, creating a haven for odor causing bacteria. The sweat itself has acidic properties that will contribute to the breakdown of fine leather. This is why you should invest in shoe trees for your quality leather shoes. The best types of shoe trees are made of cedar, which has both deodorant and drying properties. Cedar shoe trees are a necessary part of any complete shoe shine kit. Your shoes will smell wonderfully and feel delightful around your feet, after a few hours of holding a good quality shoe tree inside them.
Woly Suede Gum
Speaking of suede cleaners brings us to the Shacke™ brush which is considered to be haven for leather shoes. Let us find out what makes it so special that leather shoe owners cannot do without it.
We would inform about what it does and how does it perform so well in this post. On the whole, it welt surface that can clean up stains or even scuff marks from leather shoes.
This is a complete maintenance kit for suede, waterproof nubuck, boots or even fabric shoes. This kit can breathe in new life into your shoes like a magic. It comprises of a series of shoe cleaners start from a boot brush, repellent, scuff eraser to a boot cleaner concentrate.
For extra credit, wrap the polishing cloth around your finger and apply a thin layer of wax polish on the toe caps and heel counters to give them a high shine.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your shoe polish kit wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of shoe polish kit
- №1 — NEW Premium Quality Shoe Shine Sponge | Instant Shining for Luxury Leather
- №2 — Shoe Cleaner by Pink Miracle 8 Oz. Bottle Kit Fabric Cleaner Solution For Leather
- №3 — Magicfly Shoes Polish Kit-9Pcs Shoe Shine Care kit Neutral with Elegant PU Leather Compact Case