Another source for the monthly routine of polish and maintain:
"THE GEAR YOU NEED
1) Saphir's Renavatuer is the heralded jack-of-all-trades. It cleans, conditions, shines, and protects.
2) Cremes provide color and conditioning. Generally you should try and match the color of the creme to the color of the shoe, but brown shoes can use darker (even black) cremes. The darker pigment gets caught in the seams and gradually deepens the patina in a pleasing way.
3) Wax provides shine and protection from the elements.
4) The hardware: a polishing brush, applicator brushes, a shammy (chamois), and a rag.
5) Take out the laces
6) Clean your shoes off with a rag. Don't forget to hit the soles.
7) Apply a very light coat of the Renavateur to the entire shoe. Make sure you coat the soles as well - this is perhaps the most important and overlooked part. Let the shoe dry for 30 seconds and immediately buff with your polishing brush.
8) Pick the appropriate color creme and apply to the shoe in a circular rubbing motion using your applicator brush. Put a heavier coat on any scuff spots. Give the creme 2 to 3 minutes to dry. While you are waiting for the first shoe to dry, apply the creme to its brother.
9) Buff the first shoe with your polishing brush. When finished, attack the second shoe
10) Now, apply a light layer of wax over the entire shoe with a circular rubbing motion using a rag. You can put a heavier amount on the heel and the toe. Wait for it to dry.
11) Buff well with your polishing brush
12) Place the shoe between your knees, grab your shammy and buff. This generates heat, which helps seal the wax and builds up the protection. Use the same shammy for your black and brown shoes. Over time, it will build layers of oil from the polish, improving the patina you can achieve.
For the Mirror Shine, continue with:
a) Place a few drops of water on the toe, and buff with the shammy
b) Apply another light coat of wax to the toe, and buff with the brush
c) Place a few drops of water on the shoe, and buff with shammy.
d) Continue this routine until you are satisfied."
After reading the above - which appears to be a 3-step process - Some would suggest to use the MDO versions of the Saphir products. (The 5-step process would include Saphir RenoMat, followed by perhaps Saphir Dubbin for the Vamp and lower rear sides (requires a 2-day drying period) - and the final touch of Edge Polish.