How to Spit-Shine Your Shoes. You don't need spit to give your shoes a spit shine. Water will work equally well. Follow these steps to find out how.
Place the shoes on an old newspaper to keep dirt and polish off the floor or table. Remove the laces. Clean your shoes using a shoe brush.
Using a soft cotton cloth (a shoe polishing cloth, an old T-shirt or a cloth diaper) wrapped around two fingers, take polish from the can and apply a generous coat onto the uppers of the shoes, including the tongues.
Using a toothbrush, apply polish to the sides of the soles and heels of the shoes. In the space where the uppers meet the soles.
Allow the polish to dry on the shoes for about a half hour.
Wet a fresh cloth and wring it so it doesn't drip. Using two fingers as before, take polish from the can. This time, apply a thin coat to the shoe using circular motions. As the cloth gets full of polish, move to a new section. Apply a second coat to the toes of the shoes.
Allow the polish to dry for a few minutes. Then place a woman's knee-high nylon stocking over your hand and buff the shoes to a high shine.
Re-lace the shoes.
Be extremely careful when polishing women's shoes that will be worn with nylon stockings or pantyhose. If polish gets on the inside of the uppers, it will rub off when the shoes are worn, leaving ugly marks on the woman's feet and ankles. Don't attempt to polish shoes if the uppers aren't made of leather. Don't attempt to polish suede or nubuck. Don't try to change the color of a shoe by apply a different color of polish.