Shoe Shining Skills
“Those aren’t my shoes.”

Generally speaking, the less polish the better.

1. Not sure what to do? Do not do anything to avoid messing-up or ruining a pair of shoes.
  2. Shoes need to be clean and dry before polishing.
  3. Creams work better on soft leather as paste can change the texture of the leather.
  4. Use a neutral cream around colored stitching.
  5. There are many colors to choose from when using shoe creams or paste polishes.
  6. Wax paste polish provides a better shine but stain paste polish adds more color.
  7. Do not put polish on the shoe laces or on any buckles.
  8. Buckles can be cleaned with alcohol but keep it off the leather or other materials. 
  9. Replace shoe laces when needed without being asked.
10. Use Allen Edmonds matching color Premium Shoe Polish on Allen Edmonds shoes.
11. Do not use tan or neutral paste on light colored leather to keep from leaving a greasy mark.
12. Be careful not to burn the leather when using a buffing machine with a high RPM motor.
13. Polish daubers and buffing wheels need to be cleaned daily.
14. Leather cleaners and conditioners will remove polish buildup.
15. Sometimes a quick buff by machine or hand is sufficient without applying more polish.
16. You can use your finger tip to apply polish to do touchups.
17. Use correct cleaners and polishes on exotic and reptile skins. If not sure ask the member or guest first. Be honest if uncertain whether to do or not.
18. Familiarize yourself with the many products available.
19. Practice on giveaway or throwaway shoes.
20. View the links below.
21. Call or text me at 304-536-9029 or email with questions (no charge).
22. Be safety and health conscious including wearing safety glasses when using a machine buffer and work gloves when placing your hands inside the shoes.

Shining Black Street or Golf Shoes

Shining Dark Brown Street or Golf Shoes

Cleaning and Polishing White Golf Shoes

Cleaning Buckskin and Suede Shoes

Fixing Spinning Spikes

Additional “Shoe Shining Skills” Resources

Locker Room Managers Association
FREE 3 Month Trial Membership!
SHOE CARE GUIDE and VIDEO LIBRARY by the Hanger Project
(including cordovan, exotics, patent leather and suede)
“Learn to shine shoes like a professional!”
Shoegazing Guide
Jesper Ingevaldsson
The Glow Shine
James Sharp

Shoe Shine Machine

Add a florescent light!

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Adaptor Shaft
five wheels

available from

Shoe Polishing Machine
available from
“Fore” Supply
Tri-C Club Supply - Duffy’s

     A 5th wheel can be added after purchase.  For 6 buffing wheels a special shaft must be ordered before purchase or additional adaptor shafts and buffing wheels can be purchased and used interchangeable. 
     A florescent light can be attached after purchase for better vision.


     Add a key lock to your shoe buffer machine for safety and security. After-market installation by your maintenance man. Key lock available from Tractor Supply



     “I scrape out enough saddle soap to cover the bottom of the white bucket and then add hot water to make a soapy mixture for cleaning leather street and leather golf shoes. This works better than chemical sprays because it not only cleans but conditions the leather as well.
     Although we have a buffer machine; I also use individual horsehair brushes for each specific shade to assure consistent matching of colors.”

Fernando Garza - Locker Room Manager
Conway Farms Golf Club





     Placing a bar of soap in a bowl and using a small scrub brush is another cleaning option for golf shoes.


Allen Edmonds
Premium Shoe Polish

     Using these matching colors is an impressive service for those members who purchase these expensive shoes.


View All Colors


     Eliminates paste polish buildup, provides a natural looking shine and doesn’t stain colored stitching on street or golf shoes.


available from
Fore Supply
Tri-C - Duffy’s

Yarn Mop
Final Buffing Wheel

     By using a spray water bottle the results can be as good or better when compared to hand buffing with a slightly damp soft terry cloth towel.


available from
Fore” Supply
Tri-C - Duffy’s


Angelus Red Perfect Stain
Shoe Wax Polish

available from
Angelus Shoe Polish Company


Lincoln Stain Wax

available from
Lincoln Shoe Care Products (13 colors)
“Fore” Supply
Tri-C Club Supply - Duffy’s

Shoe Glue

     Ideal for re-gluing the green inserts on “spinning” Fast Twist and TriLock spikes.


available from
“Fore” Supply
Tri-C Club Supply - Duffy’s

Custom Engraved Cedar Shoe Trees


available from
“Fore” Supply
Tri-C Club Supply - Duffy’s

PEET Advantage
Shoe Dryer

PEET Advantage shoe dryer

available from
Tri-C - Duffy’s



Leather Cowboy Boots



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Recommended by
Stelzig Ranch
for leather cowboy boots.



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Reptile/Exotic Cleaners/Polishes


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Hanger Project



Allen Edmonds 800-235-2348

Angelus Shoe Polish Company 562-941-4242

Crystal Tex Shoehorns 800-223-4676

Duffy’s - Tri-C Club Supply 800-274-8742

Fiebing’s 800-558-1033

Fore Supply Co. 800-543-5430

Kiss Off Stain Remover 650-369-4889

LaRossa Shoe Repair 781-335-9631

Lincoln Shoe Polish Co. 408-732-5120

Long Handle Shoe Horn 800-492-6500

O-SUN COMPANY (shoe shining & shoe cleaning machines)  262-242-6200

SAS San Antonio Shoemakers (cream and liquid shoe polish) 877-727-7463

Saphir Shoe Polish


     Hanger Project 800-495-3201

Shoe Care Supplies 866-563-7463

Shoe Shine Express 912-654-9596

Shoe Shine Kit 860-669-4281