Here's my entry for Shoe Shine Sunday:
Today I'm working on a two pairs of shell cordovan boots. A pair of Ralph Lauren Marlowes and a pair of Camina dress boots.
No matter how careful I am at walking, I always seem to develop scruffs on the toe boxes of my shoes.
The goal today is to work out those scuffs and get a good shine back on these shoes! My tools of the trade for today will be some Saphir Renovateur (applied with a cut up strip of an old t-shirt, which is not shown), a standard shoe brush, a deer bone, and a lambswool mitt. I bought all the items at the Hanger Project and have to say that Kirby's customer service is quite excellent.
Anyway, the general strategy is to brush the shoes until my arm feels sore that it can't brush anymore, and then brush them some more after that. Afterwards, I apply the deer bone to the shoes to get some of that natural oil back into the shell. Then, it's time to brush the shoes even more. Once we brush the oils into the shoes, I apply some Saphir Reno to condition the shoes a bit and then brush some more. The entire process takes some time, so it can be good to find something to do while brushing. Some people I know like listening to jazz, but for me, this is my current jam.
I find this process takes care of most of the scuffs and puts a great shine back on the shoes. Sometimes I'll opt to put a coat of wax on top of the shoes if it's been a while, but that happens once every couple of shines.
Here's a look at the finished Carmina boot.
On a side note, I just wanted to share this cool stool I found at a flea market. I'm not sure if it's intended purpose was for shoe shines, but have to say that it's doing a fine job of not only holding all my polish, but being a great place to sit and put shoes on in the morning.