A true gentleman needs two pairs of shoes: one brown and one black. What you invest in after that is completely up to you. A man should switch from one pair to the other every few days to allow each pair of shoes to lose the moisture collected from your sweaty feet. This will keep your shoes lasting longer and stop them from stinking up a room.
Another guaranteed way to keep your shoes lasting a long time is by polishing them. There are several opinions on how often you should polish your shoes which range from "every time you wear them," to "whenever they look like they need it." I lean more toward the latter. There's nothing wrong with waiting until the shoes look scuffed before polishing as long as you don't wait until they're completely unsalvageable. Here's a quick guide on shining your shoes they way my Dad taught me. You're going to need a few things:
-Newspaper or Old Towel
-Shoe Polish (as close to the color of the shoe you're shining as possible)
-Shoe Shine Brush (I think you know which one we'd recommend
-Shoe Polish Brush
-Old (but clean) Rag/TShirt/Sock
1. Place the newspaper or old towel on the area you will be shining your shoes. You don't want to risk leaving polish stains on a floor or carpet.
2. The first step is to clean as much dirt and dust off of your shoe as possible. Use the old rag to get the shoe dirt-free. If you need to wet the rag to help remove the dirt, make sure to let the shoe fully dry before continuing.
3. Using the Shoe Polish Brush, apply a generous amount of polish onto the shoe in a circular motion. Make sure to cover every inch of the shoe as evenly as possible. Let the shoe sit for 15 minutes for the polish to dry.
4. Use the Shoe Shine Brush to remove any excess polish and leaving a thin layer of fresh polish on the shoe.
5. Use the Buffing Cloth to guarantee an even and shining finish to your show. Take time to make sure each area of the show is finely buffed.
That's as simple as it can be. There are obviously many other techniques and ways of going about shining the shoe, but for a quick, efficient, and ultimately awesome shine, this way will work.