"Maintenance-wise, any time you get a bump or a spot, wipe it off with your polish rag and buff really quick, it'll help keep the layers consistent. Dust your boots daily and twice a week, at least, buff with your polish rag. For new boots, finger paint the cream all the way up and down the boot several times, letting it dry in between. When it is really smooth, switch to polish. I did my first polish coats in vertical stripes on the barrel, and it worked pretty well. Don't polish the creases, as it's wasted but do cream them. As for shinning, start from the toe box and go all the way back around the heel. Get under the chain and the metal. Don't worry about polishing under the butterfly. Apply thick polish layers and rub it around and in then buff and repeat. Keep the polish warm and wet while using it. I liked to use a panty hose when polishing because it's soft and stretchy. " - Gregorio '19, 1st Wing Staff IG, Heaven's 11
"There's two different ways to shine your boots, you can use a wax polish or cream. Never use a lighter anywhere near your boots, you could burn them and have serious irreparable damage. When using wax polish, apply the polish to the boot in a circular motion. Use only thin layers when applying wax, do NOT cake it on the boot. After the wax has been applied use water to buff in the polish. You don't need to put polish in the breaks of the leather on your boots. Use wax polish on the barrels, toe and heels. After you've finished with water use a piece of pantyhose to buff the toes and barrels of your boots. Cream polish can be used anywhere on the boot. It will take longer and more layers to get a shine, but it is more flexible and will not crack as easily. If you use a high quality wax like Saphir, you will get a shine on your boots way faster than if you use a low quality like Kiwi or Lincoln. "
1. Take time to clean off all the crap from the day and take the spurs off to do it. Put in your shoe trees after you take the spurs off. Make sure to brush it all off and use water to clean off the parts that are really bad. Let them dry completely.
2. Leather lotion. Use a piece of a t-shirt to put it on like you polished your low quarters. Make sure to reach all the leather. Let it dry (it may take a while)
3. Leather conditioner. Apply a coat to the boots and let dry. Repeat until the leather is smooth to the touch. This will also help your boots adjust to how you walk because it will help loosen the barrels.
4. polish as normal. I used a wax polish because of the saddles for PMC tore up the polish every time we were in a parade or March-In but I started with a cream to get the color I wanted for the beginning of the year.
5. Mink Oil: Get the whole sole to waterproof. it rains too much not too
6. Make sure to take your boots in for maintenance when they need it. If you wear your boots a ton, you will wear holes on the insides of the boots, get them patched while they are small. It will save your boots and your feet and don't put off retapping or you will destroy the heel of the boot."