I have a pair of combat boots that I use regularly. I need to get them shined to a mirror finish, so that they look like patent leather.
I've tried several methods, most of which did no good. I would rather not buy anything big and expensive here, so I'd like to make these things shine using household supplies (including shoe polish).
And I need to shine the whole boot, not just the toe and heel.
These boots have no fancy finish on them, they're just plain old leather boots. Here's the Academy product.
I've tried multiple brands of shine, including liquid polish. The best thing I've found so far has been Kiwi, and here's what I'm doing:
I'll take a rag and wrap it around my finger, then cover the tip in polish. Next I'll rub that all over the boot (wax on wax off) adding a drop of water here and there. Next I'll take a clean rag and repeat the rubbing process, without additional polish. I've been able to get a little bit of a shine, but nowhere near enough. I also tried using a buffing attachment on my Dremel, but that failed miserably (just removed all polish and shine).
They are real leather, according to the product page.