Its gonna shine on…

“Give me a word
Give me a sign
Show me where to look
Tell me what will I find” – Collective Soul (Shine)

Greetings Barbarians! I come with good tidings as well a confession… Today, I will confess to you all my faithful readers that I am a very sensory type of person whether it is visual, tactile or auditory; I sure am will be delighted by it. But if there is one stimulus that is very intimate for me, it is the smell of things. I love the smell of old paper, freshly brewed coffee and freshly cut grass, the scent of a woman and of course the scent of sex. It suffices to say that a scent for me is so intimate, it is arousing (you have to be really close as in intimately close to smell something). And if there is a smell that I am very fond of as a man is the smell of leather and shoe polish.

I love shoes and I have amassed quite a few for my collection; I have 5 pair of boots, 2 pairs of Chuck Taylors, a pair of double monk straps, a pair of penny loafers, a pair of derbies to name a few. In my opinion, shoes are not something that should you skimp on, and good shoes are quite an investment; you pay for quality, style, and comfort after all. And just to be perfectly clear, a good quality shoe does not always mean it comes from big name brands. With that in mind, it is only reasonable to take care of that investment and make it last as much as we could.


Today, I want to share with you how I take care of my investments. “But why? Aren’t the internet full of tutorials about that?” you ask, well, of course, the internet is full of resources about the said topic; but what I am going to impart you with is the reason why do it in the first place. How many times did we manage to get something done only when we needed it? How many times did we give our shoes a shine because there is a wedding or a job interview tomorrow?

Why exactly should we take care of your shoes? Well there is plenty of reason to:

  1. Practicality – like I said shoes are an investment, and giving our shoes some love at least once a month prolongs the life span of the shoes.
  2. Style – Shoes can make or break an outfit, a nice suit seems rather shabby when we wear shoes that are unkempt with the leather cracked or peeling off. Clean and shiny shoes are an integral part of our overall outfit, which is why I think it is wise to take care of it.
  3. Mindfulness – and lastly, it is very relaxing and I often refer to it as “Sunday Therapy”. It is a moment that is just us, our shoe, a brush and the manly scent of shoe polish. We can temporarily let go of the things that bother us and deal with what is in front of us. It makes us feel connected to ourselves and cannot help but feel grateful that all is still well; we still have shoes to cover our feet with and take care of.

So with those reasons in mind, I like to proudly present to you my guide on how to shine a shoe.

Gather your Supplies

  • Tin of shoe polish
  • Horsehair Brush
  • Shoe polish applicator / an old toothbrush
  • A rag / a piece of cloth
  • Old newspaper/towel

Gather our supplies on a spread out piece of old newspaper or towel on the area we will be working on; trust me there will shoe polish in places you never even thought possible when we are finished.


Clean your Shoes

Using a horsehair brush, let us brush off the dust and dirt off our shoes. Wipe off some of the existing shoe polish; using a damp cloth when we have to, let us just make sure to dry them off for a few minutes before applying fresh shoe polish.


Employ your Polish

Once we cleaned out our shoe (and dried it out), apply our shoe polish using an applicator brush or an old toothbrush. Make sure we got it down to the seams and even out any uneven shoe polish.


We will use black polish for black shoes but brown shoes are a bit tricky so we use neutral shoe polish. Allow shoe polish to dry for 15-20 mins.

Brush the Shoe

Now that we have applied our shoe polish, it is time to apply some elbow grease and put our backs into it. Using our horsehair brush, we will vigorously brush off the shoe polish until a very thin layer of polish remains and has become shiny.


Focus on the Toe and Heel

Once we achieve our desired shine, it is time for us to give the toe and heel some sugar! Apply a small amount of shoe polish and a tiny drop of water on the toe of the shoe. Using a piece of cloth, let us rub down the shoe polish in a circular motion. Repeat this step as many as we could until we get a mirror finish, and do the same at the heel.

Now we are armed with the skill of shoe shining and on our way to the path of prestige and dominance, making sure that each step we take towards our true path is with confidence and pride. A pride that we are able-bodied men, with firm virtues and impeccable style as we penetrate the world with our presence.

Shoes are more than just footwear, it is the foundation of every wardrobe. It is what makes every outfit work. It is an investment and a statement of our impeccable taste, it can be a source of joy and relaxation. It must be comfortable and functional as well as stylish, and a great pair can last for many years with proper care.

So there you have it, whys and hows of taking care of a great quality shoe. By the way, since you reach the end of this post and find it helpful, entertaining or hell, even laughable; kindly give a like and click the subscribe button. I know it would only take a few seconds of your time, but we as bloggers and content writers would appreciate it very much and would make us feel that the countless hours we spend on thinking what to write about and the process of writing itself seem to be all worthwhile. And also feel free to speak your mind (suggestions, comments, violent reactions) in the comment section, I would love to hear from you. You could also reach out to me via my contact page here and you could also follow me at twitter @mrablogger, until my next post. STRENGTH & HONOR.


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  1. The simple things can bring the most profound thoughts. This is most of the time underrated but this entry hits the spot. Lovin this piece Mr. A! The images look cool too! 😉

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    1. Shucks, you are making me blush Leslie 😄
      The photos are quite difficult to get since Im using my hand to do the demo then the other hand to take the pictures with. But im glad it turned out well. 😅


    1. Thank you ellie! thats what i call “staying faithful over the small stuff that keeps us afloat”.

      It is always better to cling to even the smallest splinter of wood than you let yourself sink in the vast ocean of disappointments =)

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      1. I love the way you phrase that and it’s so very true! There are so many things we have no control over and we can really get lost in those. But the simple little things that frame our days help us to “float above the disappointments”. Well said!

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      2. Yeah, we gonna survive aren’t we? hehehehe
        I guess, I have already learned that there are good days as well as bad days and that I should thrive in the bad days to get to the good days.

        To be perfectly honestly, things aren’t going so great right now. Money is tight and I’m still looking for a job. But still I have to continue, right? =)

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      3. Yep, keeping on and all that 😊. You’ve learned well. Bad days are unavoidable but we still can choose how we face them. I think you’re doing great!

        And I know there’s your daughter. She’s one of those sweet things that keeps you moving forward. I have a couple of things in my own life just now. One day at a time. I will keep you in my thoughts for work to come and for money to ease up. Thanks for the inspiration this morning. Do take care 🌷

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  2. One of my fondest childhood memories is of my dad polishing his shoes. As a Naval Academy grad his rituals ran deep. Made me smile 😊
    Oh, and because in Minnesota there’s a whole category of shoe protection in winter!

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    1. Me too! My fondest memories of childhood were of shoes, shoe trees, brushes, and polish. My grandpa was a tailor, so his house was full of suits and accessories. I could still remember his shears and his image of cutting fabrics.

      Your comment reminded me of him. 😄

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      1. Concurring with what you said! My dad owns a pair of Bristol shoes that I’ve used for cosplay back in 2010 or 2011; however, he bought the pair around 2005 or 2006.

        While Dad has reclaimed ownership of the shoes, the pair still holds well together like it wasn’t used at all!

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      1. Guys that love their shoe? Well, I guess not many. But like I said it is an investment, so might as well take care of it as much I could. I don’t know when I would be able to buy another pair. =)

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      2. Yes, a thought to consider! I only know of two guys. One is my supervisor, I believe he has 300 pairs of shoes. I always compliment him on how brand new his shoes look every time I see him. The other guy is my manager and he treats his shoes like they’re his family members. 😀

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