Shoes make the man; polish makes the difference.
Shining one's shoes is a ritual that men have passed down to their sons since the 18th century. When your shoes are shined up, it shows that you take care of yourself, right down to the smallest details. Line of Trade teamed up with Prestige, the Italian shoe-care masters, to put together everything you need in a shoe shine kit.
Made in Germany from horsehair and beech wood, these are the the most important brushes to have in your arsenal. Use 'em to buff up your shoes and wick off the excess polish. The bristles won't scratch your handsome leather but will leave you with a clean finish. The different colored bristles help differentiate the two brushes, so that you don't accidentally use the black brush on your brown shoes and change the patina of your shell cordovan.
With a long beech wood handle and horsehair bristles set in a circular shape, this brush works cream polishes and cleaners into your favorite pair. It's long enough so that you won't stain your hands, and the specially selected bristles are soft enough that you'll never risk damaging your leather. These brushes hold the color from the polish in their bristles after use, so keep one for brown and one for black shoes.
Pamper before you polish. Use this moisturizer to clean and soften your shoe's leather so that the colored cream polish holds much more easily. Apply it all over with a circular motion, and don't forget about the soles. They need a little TLC as well.
This is the heart and soul of your polishing routine. Pick the polish that matches your shoe and work it in slowly with the applicator brushes. These creams will add a gentle richness to the leather's color, clean up scuff marks, and add a subtle shine.
Finish everything off with a wax to create a mirror shine and up the professionalism in your step. Though this isn't necessary for every polish, use it when you want to add that little extra glow for a special night or an important meeting.
This 100% cotton cloth is a must have for any shoe polishing kit. The extremely soft material sweeps the leather for dirt and debris and also helps to buff up your shoe when you're looking to add a high shine to the tip and heel of your shoe.
If you're dealing with suede, then it's time to break out a special brush. The bristles are made of brass and are used expressly to help comb out dust and reset the matted suede fibers to their natural nap.