How to polish shoes: Part 1, context and cream

Monday, October 15th 2018
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For the next in our series of practical videos, I wanted to tackle shoe polishing. But, also to present it in a way that was more discursive, and explained rather than just taught.

Most videos on polishing just show one person doing what they do, and coming up with a great result.

This is fine as it goes, but it doesn’t give any consideration to alternative methods (and importantly, whether they achieve anything different). Nor does it deal with questions or problems viewers might have.

To try and address this, our contributions to shoe-polishing tutorials are split into two halves: first an interview, where we discuss techniques, and then a demonstration of them in progress (and even that, with questions).

Hopefully this provides some broader perspective.

The downside to this approach is that the coverage is long, and it is therefore split it into two films: one on products, preparation and cream; and the other on applying polish and achieving a mirror shine.

The first is published today - the second can be seen here

The techniques are demonstrated by Pete Bultitude of Gaziano & Girling, and so the points are a mix of our experiences.

Do ask questions in the comments here, or on YouTube.

Part 2 here.