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My girlfriend has these beat up boots that she loves so much, but I couldn't stand looking at them in their condition anymore. I had to do something about them. A little Saphir'l do ya well...
Yes, I just polished one of them, just for laughs.
Thanks to my lady for being a good sport.
Oh yeah, I charged her $22 for a new jar of Renovateur too.
Glad you were able to give them a better life.
I wish there were, honestly. My newest renoed shoes were also part of a larger rotation. So it even meant I was wearing them less than the older ones at the time. Wearing less, getting a different treatment, began cracking.
Honestly I think their polishes are probably fine to use sparingly and away from flex points. I will continue to use them for everything but the vamp, except for a bit of cream polish in the vamp.
Also member Isshinryu who posts vintage shoes in great condition doesn't use Saphir and his shoes are decades old. Just sayin.
Wow. It seems from this statement that you feel that Saphir is actually HARMING the leather. Lasting only three years in a generous rotation (even if largely uncared for) seems very, very short for any of the brands you mention.
The basics of shoe care are simple :
3- protect (shine)
Always in that order. Always only as needed . The product you use to accomplish each of these steps is really a matter of personal preference just make sure the one you use is intended for what you are using it for and you really cant go too wrong
Edited by englade321 - 4/30/13 at 8:10pm
If you wish to use saphir products , whose primary drawback is price I think most agree , then go to Hanger Projects website.There you will find an excellent tutorial for what is called a Presidential Shine this is as good a way as any, I belive ,to revive a pair of neglected shoes and set them up to be cared for on a regular basis There are many alternative procedures but this is as straight forward and rewarding as anything else you will find
Thanks for the help! I'll take a look at their video and will order some products.
Thanks for any help
Go to www.hangerproject.com (lots of drop downs to choose from, lots of specific instructions, and a toll free number to ask for help)
I have some more too.
Also, the Esquire Magazine Review tested all of the professional products - and yes, the Saphir line may seem a bit more (not by much) - but that you USE LESS in Saphir - so that the end cost may be more evenly matched. I can attest to the minimal use advertised.
So I got this pair of vintage shell florsheims off of the bay and I think they look pretty good overall. One thing I have noticed is there is a rough area behind the toe cap on the right shoe. I'm wondering if anyone know what has caused this and what can be done to smooth it out. I've used the Mac method ad nauseum and tonight gave it a coat of Reno, brushed, gave it the deer bone hoping to fill back in some oil to the rough spot, then brushed. Forgive me I forgot to take before pics, but the rough area remains. Close ups below:
Thanks for any help
It is really hard to judge in a pic but to be honest those shoes dont look dry to me but i personally would not chance it once they crack thats all she wrote
ps, none of the shoe makers are using saphir, why should you? igent myth?
pss, renovator is good to clean and dissolve existing wax for a shine without additional wax.
Do you mean just Renovateur and Renomat cause I've seen Saphir shoe creams and waxes used in the Corthay shop in Hong Kong and I understand that JM Weston shoe creams are rebadged Saphirs?