How to Polish Boots


Boots are so noticeable because of their size, making it embarrassing for you if the pair you are wearing is dull and dirty. That is why you have to learn how to polish boots.

Fortunately, not all kinds of boots need polishing. Winter boots, rain boots, and ankle boots are usually made of fabric and plastic materials. These materials obviously do not require polishing. The ones that need it the most are boots made of leather. However, we already discussed that by giving tips on how to shine leather boots.

In fact, not all leather types require polishing as well. Microsuede or suede leather has a fabric-like finish, so it only needs mild cleaning. Meanwhile, patent leather is already glossy in nature, hence it only needs frequent wiping. Instead of talking about leather footwear again, we chose to focus on two common types of boots that people have to polish regularly.

Strenuous activities ultimately wear out cowboy boots and riding boots. So, owners need to learn how to return the shine of this rugged footwear.

How to Polish Cowboy Boots

Let’s learn how to polish boots by focusing on this type of footwear first. Cowboy boots are meant to last for decades despite heavy use. However, in order to guarantee that, they have to be polished regularly aside from simply cleaning and conditioning them. On the other hand, if you wear them just for the sake of fashion, you may clean, polish and condition them occasionally. After all, stylish cowboy boots are usually not used for their main purpose. In general, cowboy boots need polishing so they would look brand-new and last longer.¬†Finally, let’s proceed to our tips on how to polish cowboy boots:

  • Use the right color of cream polish.

    First things first, there are different kinds of polishes. However, cream polishes are highly recommended since they also moisturize the boots. The shine they give is also naturally stunning.

    How would you know if a certain leather cream polish has the right color for your cowboy boots? Simple: choose the same color as your boots. Honestly, though, you do not have to settle for the same color alone. You may resort to neutral or colorless polish. But, if your cowboy boots are already faded, definitely pick colored polish.

  • Apply a thin layer only.

    When you clumsily apply a thick layer of polish, you are wasting money. Polishes, in nature, are already effective in tiny amounts. You will also find it hard to spread the layer evenly. Additionally, you will only make a mess if you put too much polish.

    In applying polish, use a clean white cloth. We recommend white cloth so you can monitor the amount of polish before applying. Next, just rub the polish around the boot – one section at a time. If you prefer more shine, just put an additional thin layer.

  • Do not wear the boots immediately.¬†

    You can only wear the newly polished boots if they feel dry already. To know, just lightly touch the surface. Also, make sure to follow instructions from the polish’s package. The last step is either wiping off excess polish or leaving it to dry.

How to Polish Riding Boots

In case you are unfamiliar with the main purpose of riding boots, this type of footwear is meant for equestrianism or horseback riding. It is higher than basic types of boots to protect the rider’s legs from the saddle’s harsh surface. Its toes have a tough surface so the rider can go up and down the horse without experiencing any toe injury. Meanwhile, the soles are surprisingly smooth to match with the stirrups’ treads. The treads are already enough as grips for your feet.

Another purpose of smooth soles is to prevent accidents from getting worse. In case of a fall, the smoothness of the soles protects you from being dragged by the horse or bending your legs in unnatural angles, leading to fracture. It is way better to just fall directly from a running horse than struggle just to free yourself from it.

On a lighter note, let’s learn how to polish riding boots:

  • Prepare two brushes.

    In polishing riding boots, you will need an “on” brush and an “off” brush. The on brush spreads the polish while the off one removes the excess substance. Aside from these two brushes, you will also need a duster cloth or fabric, toothbrush, and the polish itself.

  • Spread polish with the duster.

    Prioritize filling scuffs to have a more even shine. The duster makes it easier for you to spread the polish. Make sure to spread the substance in circular motions. Do not hesitate to put some pressure on your fingertip.

  • Gently spread the polish using the “on” brush.

    While you need circular motions with the duster cloth, the on brush requires a side to side movement. Do not brush the polish harshly since you are still spreading the substance.

  • Spit it out.

    After putting more polish on the duster, spit on the boot’s surface. Then, do not hesitate to rub your spit with the polish. It is gross but when you finally get the result, you will finally understand why older generations were okay with the whole spit shine idea.

  • Use a toothbrush to include hard-to-reach sections.

    It is tricky to spread the polish along the seams, so use the bristles of the toothbrush. The toothbrush does the job of the on and off brushes for every nook and cranny.

  • Use the “off” brush for final polishing.

    You may leave a layer of polish for 10 to 15 minutes. The result will be a grayish and matte finish. However, once you use the off brush, the gloss will leave you breathless.

How to Polish Boots

In summary, cowboy boots and riding boots are two of the most rugged footwear types. However, no matter how much they can endure tough farm work, they still need a good dose of TLC from time to time. Simple cleaning is not enough for rugged boots. Polishing is essential to prolong the life of the boots as well as keep them beautiful for decades. Luckily for us, learning how to polish boots is too easy. You just need to give these shoes a few minutes of your time. Lastly, always know what’s best for your boots when it comes to the polishing substance.