How to Polish Penny Loafers
Problem: How do I polish penny loafers?
Smart Mama Solution: Read my experience and follow the steps I’ve shared.
We saved money this back to school season by polishing last year’s penny loafers. Yes, her foot grew over the summer, and yes, her loafers were pretty beat up after last school year. But this family is on a budget and I knew we had to do what we could to pull out at least a few more months of wear from her penny loafers. Thankfully I’ve learned how to polish penny loafers! (This post is not sponsored – this 100% my own experience and I personally bought the products!)
Many years ago, I think before I even had kids, I bought a KIWI shoe polishing kit – that’s the brand you see most often. My dad always had a box of polishing wax and stuff in his closet. He would polish his shoes and mine, as well. I wanted to be able to do the same for my kids as they enter the penny loafer years!
The KIWI kit contains a variety of tins of polishes in wax, a bristle brush and a polishing cloth. I haven’t seen the kit sold as I have it, but you can certainly buy the components or purchase a similar kit. I have added to the kit with the Classic Instant Polish in brown, black and white.
Step 1: Dusted
I used the bristle brush to dust off the penny loafers.
Step 2: Polished & Waited
Used the Classic Instant Wax Polish in brown to go all over the shoes, paying particular attention to the scuffed up areas. Allowed the loafers to dry for 30 minutes.
Step 3: Polished & Waited, Again
With the cloth, I rubbed in the Dark Tan Wax-Rich Polish. Allowed the wax to set for 5 minutes.
Step 4: Shined:
I used the cloth the shine.
Now it’s your turn! Grab those school shoes from last year that still have some more steps left in them. Purchase some shoe polishing tools. Polish the shoes to make them as good as almost new! You’ll save money and teach your kids a bit about taking care of their things. I learned from my dad and I hope my kids learn from me!