1. Put in the groundwork
Before you start, we recommend putting some newspaper down on the floor to avoid any unwanted black marks. Next, grab your kit. You'll need some damp cloths, water, a shoe brush and a tub of Shoe Polish. (depending on the colour of your Docs)
2. Remove the dirt
Your boots will most likely need a bit of a clean before you start polishing. We recommend giving them a good wipe with a damp cloth. Remember to remove your shoelaces and clean them separately. Afterwards, dry your boots with a different cloth.
Handy tip: Bang your boots together a few times to remove any excess mud.
3. Apply shoe polish
Scoop out some polish with a dry cloth and apply a thin layer over the boot (including the tongue). Focus on any areas with scuffs, scratches or marks. Once done, wipe off any excess with a cloth.
Handy tip: You can apply more than one coat of polish if your boots have really been through it - just remember to let the first coat dry before following up with a second layer.
4. Buff to shine
Want your boots to have a nice, sharp shine? Grab your Bristle Brush and get buffing. You can skip this stage if you don't need it.
5. Apply the finishing touches
Almost there. There are a few optional last touches. You can give your newly polished boots a quick spray with our Ultra Protector for that added layer of protection. Alternatively, you can use our Shoe Freshener to remove any unwanted odours. You're done. Your boots should be back to looking their best.
Now to scuff them up again.
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Please note: Wonder Balsam will give distressed leathers with a dry, matte finish a different waxed, sheen finish.
A special formula which restores, conditions and protects smooth leathers from rain and stains. A solid wax.
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This non-aerosol spray creates a breathable layer of protection against dirt, rain, UV rays and stains. Safe to use on any colour of leather, suede nubuck, nylon or canvas.