It’s sort of a Marie Kondo moment: you could send your shoes to be professionally cleaned and polished, but there’s an understated satisfaction about giving some loving attention to your treasured belongings. Other than soft cloth rags, water, and a bit of elbow grease, these are the products that will make shoe cleaning a joy, and give the results that any bespoke, or well-crafted pair of leather shoes deserves.

Acquired the proper tools but don’t know where to go from there? Local shoe shine bar Mason and Smith — who won the World Shoe Shine Championship 2018  at the London Super Trunk Show — will  organises shoe shine workshops that cover all the basics and beyond of shoe and leather care.



The 9 pairs of dress shoes every gentleman should wear