Keep Your High Gloss Oxfords Shiny… DON’T Polish Them

Examples of High Gloss

If you wear dress shoes as part of a uniform then you’re probably familiar with shoes that are already “High Gloss” out of the box.

Some examples of these shoes are:

  • Bates High Gloss Enforcer Series or Lites or Duty Oxford
  • Rothco Uniform High Gloss
  • Thorogood Poromeric Oxford

These shoes are not leather… they’re an artificial leather called Poromeric, and while there are positives and negatives about artificial leather one of the great things about these High Gloss shoes is that they’re so easy to clean and maintain.

Clean, Remove Scuffs, and Shine in About 5 Minutes

What you’ll need:

  • Soap and water
  • Acetone-based nail polish remover for scuffs (optional)
  • Vaseline or mineral oil for more glossiness (optional)


Poromeric - Before

Poromeric Shoes – Before

1. Clean: Clean your High Gloss shoes with water and some mild, non-abrasive soap. This is usually enough to get your dusty old duty shoes to look perfectly new.


Poromeric - with Scuff

Poromeric Shoe – with Scuff

Poromeric - Scuff Removed

Poromeric Shoe – Scuff Removed

2. Take care of scuffs: If you have a visible scuff you can remove it entirely, or close to entirely, using acetone-based nail polish remover. Put a VERY SMALL amount of the nail polish remover on a cotton swab and lightly wipe it on the scuff. This CAN remove the shine so be careful!


Poromeric - Done

Poromeric Shoes – Done

3. Shine: If some of the shine has come off or if you just want to get the shoes a bit more glossy lightly wipe the shoes with Vaseline or mineral oil.


That’s it!


Note: Corfam is DuPont’s poromeric. The words are sometimes used interchangeably.


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