How to Restore a Wingtip Shoe


Well-made wingtip shoes are hard to find, so good ones are often worn for years.
At some point, however, favorite shoes need a little -- or a lot -- of TLC. Unless the leather is ripped, old wing-tip shoes can almost always be brought back to life with the right tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Shoe brush
  • Nail polish remover
  • Three clean rags
  • Cedar shoe trees
  • Hair dryer
  • Saddle soap
  • Shoe polish
  • Pull out the laces and remove any dirt and debris that is visible on the shoes. Use a shoe brush to stroke the shoe, especially over any creases in the leather where residue can get embedded.

  • Remove old shoe polish. Wet a clean rag with nail polish remover and wipe any areas that appear to have polish left on them.

  • Repair any noticeable creases. Place a cedar shoe tree into each shoe and screw it into place so that it fits tightly and stretches out the leather's wrinkles. Turn a hair dryer on high and aim it at the creases, holding it about 6 inches away. Hold it for a minute or two, until the creases are smoother.

  • Clean the shoe with saddle soap. Dampen another cotton cloth and swipe along the surface of the soap. Rub the cloth onto shoes until a lather develops. Wipe the shoes with a dry cloth to remove any excess soap.

  • Polish the shoes. Wipe another cloth along the shoe polish wax and rub it onto the shoes in a circular motion. Work over both of the shoes. Allow the polish to sit for five minutes, then buff it to a shine using a shoe brush.

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