Male shoes should be bulled on the toecap, then polished to a good shine on the body of the shoe. Welts should be free of dust, and the shoe must not be ‘cross laced’ Female shoes should be bulled at the front of the shoe and polished to a good shine on the body. Visible areas of the sole should be kept clean. These shoes should also neither be ‘cross laced’.

The best polish to use for parade shoes is Kiwi parade gloss. It buffs to a higher shine than most other polish. First, remove and dirt or dust by running the toecap under a cold tap for a few seconds. Then boil the kettle and fill a cup about a quarter of the way up. Fill the rest of the cup with cold water. The water should now be warm, but not hot. If you put your little finger in the water it should be comfortable. Next, get a small piece of cotton wool and dunk it in the water. Squeeze off any excess and now rub it in the polish. (Don’t put too much on, or it will take too long to get a shine!). Dunk it in the water again, and then rub it on the toecap in a circular motion. Keep doing this until a definite shine appears. Only press lightly for this, as too much pressure will rub off more polish than you put on!

Once you have a shine keep repeating the process, with new pieces of cotton wool, until your shoes are really shiny. For the toecaps it should take about half an hour for each shoe. When you are comfortable with the process try to alternate between clear polish and parade gloss. This will help your shoes become even shinier! Once you have finished polishing run the toecap under cold water to remove any water droplets.

For the sides of the shoe use the same process. However, they don’t need to be as shiny as the toecaps. It should take you about 10 minutes per shoe for this.