Shoes Care and Cleaning Instructions
Keeping your tuxedo shoes looking and feeling perfect.
The first think a person notices about your shoes is their cleanliness.
The cleanliness and shine of a tuxedo shoe is important to maintain and
shine because patent leather and faux patent leather tuxedo shoes have a
very high luster. We will show you how to care and shine your tuxedo
shoes so that you may enjoy them for years to come. Feel free to print
this page for your records.
Basic Shoe Care
Always shine your shoes when you first buy them and and before you wear
them to your formal event. If you store your patent shoes for long
periods, be sure to give them thorough shine twice a year. This tuxedo
shoe cleaning strategy will keep your shoe's patent leather moisturized
and will maintain the original high luster of the shoe.
Shoetrees are a must if you keep your shoes in their
shoe-bags or box for long periods of time. A shoetree will keep the
shape of the shoe and not allow gravity to do its damage. Your shoes
will keep their original form and feel great because the leather will
Don't use any cleaner on leather that contains an acid or a detergent on
There are different types of shoe scuffs so be sure to read both
sets of instructions so you maintain a handsome pair of tuxedo shoes.
Surface Scuffs are the most common type of shoe blemish. These are scuff
that are actually on top of the shoe glaze. To be sure the scuff is on
the surface of the shoe, hold the shoe at an angle and look at the
marking. If it is raised above the rest of the shoe surface, then it is
a surface scuff. To remove, rub the scuff with a clean soft rag that has
a tiny (a spec) dot of liquid soap. What happens is that the soap makes
the water wetter and the mixture will remove most scuffs with the
friction you apply by rubbing. If your efforts are less than desirable,
have your shoes professionally cleaned at a shoe repair shop. The
service provider will be able to buff the scuff out for you. Typically
the shine or luster of the shoe will not be harmed because it is a
The second type of scuff is a gouge-scuff. This means that the surface
or glaze over the patent leather or faux patent material has been passed
through. The most effective option to fix the shoes is with a chemical
removal of the scuff which will remove the finish of the shoe. Since
your probably don't have the expensive shoe glaze (not available to
consumers) in your home, your only option is to have the shoe
professionally fixed by a shoe repair shop.
Shoe Luster Damage
Polishing will not restore a patent leather shoe's high luster if they
have been sun damaged or have been bent by raising your heel and
pressing the ball of your foot into towards the ground. Be sure to store
your tux shoes away from direct sunlight and try not to bend the shoes.
Shining Tuxedo Shoes (Never Try To Polish)
There are few ways to accomplish shining your formal tuxedo shoes.
It all depends on what kind you own. Patent leather and faux patent
(PVC) have very different materials. Patent leather is really leather
while faux patent if PVC which stand for "polymer of vinyl
chloride" and is also known as "poly vinyl chloride".
For both shoe types, first be sure the shoe is clean. Wipe the shoe
clean with a soft rag that is damp with warm water. Then dry the shoe
with another soft rag. Let sit for about 15 minutes to allow the space
between the shoe covering and the heel of the shoe to dry. Usually there
are small nooks that cannot be reached easily. In the same time that it
takes to dab each tiny nook, these spaces will air-dry.
To shine patent leather tuxedo shoes simply wipe clean with a clean and
soft rag with warm water. If you need a little more shine, try a tiny
amount of furniture polish.
To shine faux patent or PVC shoes, you can try to wipe clean with a soft
rag and warm water. If that fails, apply (don't laugh) regular Armorall
all or furniture polish and wipe clean.
Because the patent material in non porous, they will
not absorb any form of shoe polish. An analogy of what it would be like
to use shoe polish on patent tuxedo shoes would be like trying to clean
a window with shoe polish, it smears everywhere but wipes off with no
Never use harsh chemicals such as alcohol, detergent or liquor to shine your tuxedo shoes. Though they
may provide an instant shine to your shoe, they will ultimately
completely remove the shine and luster from your tuxedo shoes.