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How to Give Your Boots That Military Mirror Shine

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This article would benefit from step-by-step photos. You can help wikiHow by adding photos to this article. Click here for instructions. Notice added on 2008-01-16. This is the real way that the military do it, well at least the Royal Guard Way.


  1. Brush off any dirt or dust on the boot, from heel to toe with the hard-bristled brush.
  2. Wrap the duster cloth around your index finger, making sure there are no wrinkles. Apply a medium layer of polish to the boot using the duster and your finger. Rubbing in until a faint shine sneaks through.
  3. Once the faint shine comes through and the polish has been worked into the boot, take your index finger and the cloth and dip it Lightly into the warm water, and start rubbing it into the boot over the polish in small circles about an inch wide. Keep doing this until a greater shine comes through and the swirls start to disappear.
  4. Leave it to dry for a few minutes, and then once dry, take your index finger again and apply a thin layer of polish to the boot, start rubbing it in until an even better shine comes through, then apply the water to it using the method in Step 3. Leave to dry again.
  5. Take the damp index finger and apply a tiny dot of polish to the boot and work in till it shines. Make sure that the cloth is very damp but not dripping.
  6. Repeat Step 5 until you get the desired level of shine.
  7. Take the duster (fold it into a smallish rectangle) or soft shoe brush and buff the boot all over until it starts to shine well.


  • Make sure that the polish you use is a Kiwi brand, as other brands will probably tarnish your boots and contain chemicals that will make them crack
  • In step 6 you should apply maybe about 8-9 layers as it gives best shine.
  • Apply the polish to the sole edges as well. Boots look much neater and greater if they are cleaned literally from ground to top.
  • You may also want to consider using cotton wool unless your duster has been boil wahsed because of the yellow dye in the duster.


  • Do not use Morello on leather as it will ruin them.
  • do not use alchol as it can strip the allready existing polish of the shoes!

Things You'll Need

  • Tin of Wax-based Polish (Kiwi Parade Gloss or Kiwi Shoe polish)
  • Yellow Dusting cloth
  • 1 Soft Bristled Shoe Brush
  • 1 Hard Bristled Shoe Brush
  • Cup of Warm Water

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