Make Your Shoes Shine Like Mirrors

by Frank Dioso ; Updated September 28, 2017

You can easily shine your own shoes at home

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Leather shoes are so shiny when you first purchase them that you can see your own reflection. Leather shoes can wear out over time and appear dull and dirty. If you want to make your old shoes shine like a mirror, you would have to go to professional shoe shiner, which can be costly. However, you can easily make your shoes shine at home using a few inexpensive items you can find at your local drugstore.

Brush your shoes with a clean, dry brush to remove any dirt and dust, using an up-and-down and side-to-side motion. Wipe your shoes with a clean cloth afterward to remove more dust and dirt.

Apply the wax polish to your shoes. Pour a generous amount of shoe wax polish on a clean dry cloth and apply it to your shoes. Rub your shoes in a circular motion until they look cloudy. Let your shoes dry.

Shine your shoes with a brush. Make sure to include shining the back and sides of the shoes. Continue brushing until your shoes appear shiny.

Apply 3 to 4 clean drops of water on each of your shoes. Polish them using a clean soft cloth in a circular motion. You will notice that your shoes are becoming shinier. Continue polishing until you see your reflection. Avoid adding too much water to avoid rubbing off the wax polish.


  • The shoe shining process mentioned in this article is applicable to leather footwear only. Avoid applying this method to shoes made of fabric, rubber or plastic to avoid decolorization and damage.

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Frank Dioso is a trained medical technologist working for prominent research institutions such as Quest Diagnostics and California Clinical Trials. He has, for many years, ghostwritten clinical trial reports for confidential pharmaceutical drugs and is currently contributing his clinical laboratory science knowledge to online how-to articles.