An old issue of Esquire once declared, "Unshined shoes are the bloodstained hands of style." Though comically harsh, it's true: You can look like a million bucks from the trouser cuffs up, but if your shoes are scuffed and dull, you may as well be wearing sweats. City dwellers likely have a good shine guy nearby, but it's fun and meditative to shine your own. And if you like the end result, feel free to tip yourself generously. Start with Allen-Edmonds' Leather Shoe Care Kit, which comes with a pair of horsehair brushes, polish daubers and cloths, shoe conditioner/cleaner and carnauba wax shoe polish in both black and brown. To get you started, we asked Edward Andrade of Cesar's General Shoe Repair Store, an institution in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood since 1976, for a few tips.