That's right ladies, gentlemen and other creatures of the intertubes, we're back! As Kirby mentioned above, today I'm posting a little look-see into one of my shoe polishing regimens and, should you like to give us all some insight into your little polishing habits (PG-13 or less, please...) by posting a photograph today of you shining/polishing your shoes, you will receive a promotional code for free shipping with no minimum purchase from Kirby Allison's Hanger Project!
Without further ado, let's get to it...
Today, I'm looking after a new* pair of Carmina Uetam tassel loafers in Rustic Calf that have been caught in some unfortunate New York City salt slush over the past couple of weeks.
* (Click to show)
I almost always polish brand new shoes that I know are going to get a lot of wear using this lengthy regimen, in order that I'm confident in the finish and to ease maintenance down the road - the exception being exceptionally finished shoes [fill in the brand blank here]. My normal maintenance routine is not this in-depth.
My set up for this adventure includes some products that most won't really need to use on a regular basis, including Saphir Leather Cleaning Soap (mine is in the older packaging). Also pictured below is Saphir Medaille d'Or Renovateur, Saphir Medaille d'Or Pate de Luxe Glaçage Polish in dark brown and neutral, Saphir Medaille d'Or Pommadier Cream Polish in medium brown, a small spatula brush, a large polishing brush, a cotton chamois cloth, water, water/alcohol mix, and some cotton pads. Not pictured (because I forgot to include in this snap): Saphir Medaille d'Or Nappa Balm.
First, I brushed the kicks vigorously and thoroughly with the large polishing brush to remove any surface adulterants.
Fun brushing time!
Then, given the amount of dirt and salt accumulated on these bad boys, I broke out the Saphir Leather Cleaning Soap. After saturating the included sponge with water and loading it up with soap, I lightly worked up a lather all over the loafers...including the soles. That removed some polish and finish from the shoes, so I only do that when absolutely necessary.
Rub a dub dub...
Then, I let the lather dry...which, as always, took some time...
Espresso numero uno
Once dry, I lightly brushed the lather off using the large polishing brush, immediately followed by a very, very light application of Saphir Medaille d'Or Renovateur to distribute some of the remaining polish around the shoes.
Not the renovating my wife had in mind
Then, I let the Renovateur dry...which took some more time.
Espresso numero dos
After another round of light brushing to remove the Renovateur and softly buffing the shoes up with a cotton chamois cloth, it was time to condition a bit with Saphir Medaille d'Or Nappa Balm. Two applications, each followed by a light buff, later it was time to clean and protect the welts using the small spatula brush and neutral Saphir Medaille d'Or Pate de Luxe Glaçage Polish. [You don't need to use a lot of the wax polish on the brush, but do make sure to really get into the welts with some light scrubbing action — think of it as brushing one's teeth (clean off the brush as needed with a towel).]
No flouride required
Then it was Saphir Medaille d'Or Pommadier Cream Polish time! I used medium brown here, even though the tassel loafs are dark brown, because I wanted to add a little warmth to the color and I was going to use dark brown Saphir Medaille d'Or Pate de Luxe Glaçage Polish later. I prefer to the non-felted side of a cotton pad to apply four to five (in this case, since it was an intensive clean and polish job), sometimes more, somewhat thin layers of cream. I let each layer dry thoroughly, then lightly brushed and buffed with a cotton chamois cloth before repeating. One cotton pad lasted for two to three layers on each shoe.
Not what it looks like
Ready for wax action
Once I was satisfied with my cream polishing, it was time to move on to Saphir Medaille d'Or Pate de Luxe Glaçage Polish in dark brown. Use very light amounts of wax polish to create a layer on each shoe (I prefer a cotton chamois cloth for this part), then brush lightly and buff as usual.
Just the tip...
Finally, I decided to apply a mirror finish to the toes of each loafer because I tend to destroy the toes of all of my shoes. This, dear internet friends, is a story for another Shoe Shine Sunday!
One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn't belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?
That's it for today amigos — it's time for brunch and a bloody mary because, well, I'm still alive.
Remember to post a photograph today of you shining/polishing your shoes here to receive your promotional code for free shipping with no minimum purchase from Kirby Allison's Hanger Project! I'll be checking back in on this thread throughout the day, so feel free to include any questions you might have along with your posts — who knows, the answer(s) may even be the subject of a future Shoe Shine Sunday! You can also engage through Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday.