A Guide to Cleaning and Shining Military Shoes


Military shoes play a crucial role in a servicemember's uniform, representing discipline and professionalism. Keeping these shoes clean and polished not only enhances the overall appearance but also reflects attention to detail and respect for the uniform. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps of cleaning and shining military shoes using a gloss black shoe shine.

Materials Needed:

  1. Military shoes
  2. Soft brush or try one of our brush gloss kits
  3. Gloss black shoe shine polish
  4. Cotton balls or applicator brush
  5. Damp cloth
  6. Water
  7. Old newspapers or a protective surface

Shoe Shine Kit

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Prepare Your Workspace: Start by laying down old newspapers or a protective surface to catch any polish drips and prevent staining your working area.
  2. Remove Dirt and Debris: Use a soft brush to gently remove dirt and debris from the surface of your military shoes. Pay attention to the seams and crevices.
  3. Damp Cloth Wipe: Dampen a cloth with water and wipe down the shoes to remove any remaining surface dirt. Allow the shoes to air dry before moving on to the next step.
  4. Apply Gloss Black Shoe Shine Polish: Take a small amount of gloss black shoe shine polish on a cotton ball or applicator brush. Begin applying the polish evenly across the entire shoe in circular motions. Ensure that you cover the entire surface for a uniform shine.
  5. Focus on Edges and Seams: Pay special attention to the edges and seams of the shoes. Apply a bit more polish in these areas and use a bit of extra pressure to ensure a thorough shine.
  6. Allow Drying Time: Allow the shoe shine polish to dry completely. This usually takes a few minutes, but it's essential for achieving a glossy finish.
  7. Buffing for Shine: Use a clean, dry cloth or a buffing brush to buff the shoes vigorously. The friction created during buffing helps to bring out the shine. Continue until you achieve the desired level of gloss.
  8. Repeat if Necessary: If the shine is not satisfactory after the first round, repeat the process. Layering multiple coats can enhance the shine and durability of the polish.
  9. Final Inspection: Inspect your military shoes for any uneven areas or missed spots. Touch up those areas as needed to ensure a consistent and polished appearance.
  10. Maintenance: Regularly clean and shine your military shoes to maintain their appearance. Depending on usage, you may need to repeat the process every few weeks.


Properly cleaning and shining military shoes with gloss black shoe shine is a simple yet effective way to maintain a polished and professional appearance. Whether you're in active service or a proud supporter, taking the time to care for your military shoes reflects a commitment to excellence and attention to detail.