How Do I Polish Brown Burnished Leather Shoes?

by Jane Frances ; Updated September 28, 2017

Burnished, brown leather shoes can be polished up nicely, without ruining the texture.

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Burnished brown leather shoes can be polished just like other leather shoes, with some additional care. The burnished leather has a different texture, because it has been buffed to achieve a worn look, with a variation in color and texture. The trick to polishing a burnished brown leather shoe is not to ruin the texture of the shoe. With a few simple steps you can polish your burnished brown leather shoes like a pro.

Items you will need

  • Brown shoe polish
  • Clean, dry cloth
  • Horse hair brush
  • Newspaper
Step 1

Brush the brown, burnished leather shoes with a soft-bristled, horse hair brush to remove any dirt and grime that has collected on the shoes.

Step 2

Place the shoes on a sheet of newspaper to protect the area from the polish and remove the laces from the shoes.

Step 3

Apply an even layer of brown shoe polish with a clean, dry cloth. Use tight, circular motions to ensure the polish is absorbed into the leather evenly.

Step 4

Let the polish dry according to the directions on the container. Shoe polish drying times vary depending on the product.

Step 5

Wipe the polish away, using a clean dry cloth. Repeat the process if necessary. Finish by buffing the shoes with a soft-bristled brush, being careful not to damage the leather.

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About the Author

Jane Frances has been writing since 1995. She has written and edited for a variety of national publications.