Here is what I would consider to be the most conservative approach to your polishing question. I don't think there would be much disagreement.
First step :
- Apply a very thin layer of Saphir Renovateur in very small circular motions to the whole shoe.
- After letting it dry for the recommended time (I think it is 5 minutes or less) buff with a horsehair brush and then a lint free cloth.
- Depending on the shine and finish achieved you might want to stop right there. This is often sufficient in itself. If not, here is the second step that can be achieved in two ways.
Second step (first method):
- Apply a very thin layer of Allen Edmonds shoe cream style polish in little swirls with your finger wrapped in a cloth to the whole shoe in one shade lighter than the shoe. This is because the shoe may darken and you can always darken a shoe further but it is much more difficult to lighten it.
- Brush with a horsehair brush and buff with a lint free cloth.
- Then apply two very thin layers in tiny swirls of Allen Edmonds neutral carnauba wax on the toe and the heel cup.
- * Do not apply wax past the flex point of the toe or else it may crack.*
- Let dry between layers and brush with horsehair brush then buff with a lint free cloth after each layer.
Second step (second method): Follow the instructions above but substitute Meltonian cream polish for the AE cream and Saphir Pate de Luxe in neutral for the AE wax.
The thinner the layers the better results you will achieve. Be very conservative. For further info read through parts of the Official Shoe Care Thread and you will get the gist of it. People's techniques don't vary that much. Feel free to post pics at each stage on the shoe care thread if you are wondering about whether or not you should to move to the next stage and/or need critiques or help.