Up until now, I haven’t given my collection of shoes the care that they deserve. So, the other day, I invested an afternoon to research what is involved to properly shine shoes — I Google searched “best luxury shoe polish,” watched countless Youtube clips of people polishing shoes, and read a bunch of Menswear blogs and forums on the topic. And you know what? I learned a lot, from the proper tools of the trade to what to look for in a quality shoe polish. Armed with information and intending to make shoe shining part of my quarterly routine, I decided to splurge on this well-crafted cedar shoe valet from Brooks Brothers. It’s essentially just a cool-looking and fine-smelling box to hold shoe polishing gear.
However, inside, it came with a bunch of useful tools.
There were ….
Two of these polishing cloths, which I’d use to give my shoes the final shine.
Two large horse hair brushes, one with dark colored bristles…
..and another with light-colored bristles. They each measured approximately 7.8″ x 2.65″. Pretty Solid. I use these primarily to remove any dirt before applying any of the shoe polishes or creams.
Two smaller horse hair brushes for applying shoe polish or creams. These were 6.5″ in length, with a 1.5″ diameter head.
Lastly, cans of black and dark brown shoe cream. Admittedly, I have no intention of using these shoe creams. Well, maybe, as a backup or as a last resort. Why? because in my research, I found other products, which I’ll review in another post, that were highly praised by shoe shining people worldwide.
Link: Brooks Brothers