Today I'm posting a little refresh suede regimen and I hope you all would like to give us all some insight into your polishing habits (PG-13 or less, please...) as by posting photographs here today of you shining/polishing your shoes (before and after shots, please).
The first five (5) participants here in our thread today will receive a $50 Hanger Project Gift Certificate! In addition, because we also want to interact with all of you on social media, anyone who participates in Shoe Shine Sunday here today and also cross-posts to interact with us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday) will be entered into a drawing to be held early next week for...
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Without further ado, let's get to it...
Today, I'm looking after a gently worn pair of Carmina suede shoes that just need a bit of a refresh and some updated waterproofing.
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As always, I first brushed the shoes, but this time with the Horn Backed Suede Brush to remove any dirt and to refluff the suede pile a bit.
Then, I applied a very, very light application of Saphir Medaille d'Or Renovateur with a cotton chamois cloth to clean the sole edges, using a little more pressure than I would on a leather upper. I lightly brushed the sole edges once dry with a leather-backed La Cordonnerie Anglaise polishing brush, then lightly buffed with the cotton chamois cloth.
Then, I (very carefully, given that the upper is suede) cleaned and protected 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).]
Clear as day
A quick, light application of Saphir Crème Rénovatrice was next to finish off the sole edge cleaning and treatment.
The last step is applying the Tarrago Nano Protector Waterproofing Spray. This stuff smells very strongly and, if you think about what the product does, isn't the best thing to be spraying around in even a large room for you (and others) to inhale. I recommend spraying outside or, in a pinch as was the case for me this morning, out of your 12th floor window. After shaking the can vigorously, apply a consistent, even application of the spray all over the suede upper. You'll see the upper darken where the spray is applied - you want that consistent darkening all over the upper, without noticeable variance in the color (as that indicates a difference in application amount). Don't worry, it won't actually change the color of your suede. Once it starts to dry, the color will return to normal. Once applied, let your shoes dry for a good while (the can suggests 10 minutes or so, but 20-30 is the usual for me).
Out in the cold
Reapply the protector as needed/desired with wear.
That's it for today, as once again it's time for brunch and a few cocktails because, well, I'm still alive, just started a new job, and the Reds still haven't turned things around.
Remember to be one of the first five (5) members to post photographs here today of you shining/polishing your shoes (again - before and after, please) to receive your $50 Hanger Project Gift Certificate! Keep the win rolling by also cross-posting your photos on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday) so you can enter our drawing for one (1) Drake's of London Cashmere Tie!
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!