Jump boots, also known as Corcorans, are a type of boot most often worn in the military. In accordance to strict dress code guidelines, jump boots should always be properly shined. Even if you're not in the military, properly shining your boots will give them a beautiful luster to keep them looking new. In addition to making your shoes boots look nice, shining the leather can actually extend its lifespan. Regularly shining your boots will ensure that they stand out when you need to look your best.
Lay your boots out on an old towel or newspaper to prevent polish from staining your workspace. Remove the shoelaces from your boots. You may also want to lay your cleaning accessories out on the towel for easy access.
Clean off any dirt, dust or debris from your boots using a horsehair shine brush. If you don't have a shine brush, you may use a damp rag instead. If you use water to clean your boots, allow them to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Cover each boot completely with the shoe polish using a small shoe polish brush. Make sure the colors of the polish and of your boot match as closely as possible. Allow the boots to sit for 15 minutes or until the polish dries.
Brush the entire boot with the horsehair shine brush. Brush the entire boot equally, making sure not to forget the tongue and the leather around the lace grommets.
Dip a cotton ball in water and squeeze out any excess water. Swipe a small amount of polish onto the cotton ball. Apply the wet polish to the heel and toe of each boot in a circular motion until you are satisfied with the shine.
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