Shoe Care Shoe Polishes

Choosing Polish Color

Choosing a shoe polish color can be difficult in the world of fine shoes. Whereas ordinary shoes are available in “brown” and “black,” most fine shoe makers, including even the likes of Allen Edmonds, are creating new finishes every year. And even the same model in the same finish can differ between leather dye lots.

Here at The Hanger Project, we are committed to helping you choose the perfect shoe polish color for your favorite shoes. Saphir Shoe Polish is available in up to 16 different colors – far more than are available from most other manufacturers. Our Saphir Cream Polish has six different browns alone plus burgundy, mahogany, cognac, black, blue, green, and grey. And even with 16 different colors, there is rarely a “perfect match.”


When it comes to choosing the perfect shoe polish, we give customers the following advice:

There is no perfect match. Rarely is there a polish that will be exactly the color of your shoes – and that is okay. Polishing your favorite shoes should be fun, not stressful, and part of the magic of buying fine shoes is seeing the finish evolve over the years. Shoe polish isn’t recoloring the shoe but providing an accent on top of the shoes original color. Additionally, all shoes naturally darken over time as the leather absorbs more and more nutrients. If you want to try to retain the original finish as much as possible without darkening, use a neutral or slightly-lighter polish color.



You can always mix. Our cream polishes can be mixed just like paint can to create any pigment color. Have fun, experiment. If you are ever unhappy, you can always remove the polish using Saphir Reno’Mat and start over.

Polishing Isn’t Permenant. If you are ever unhappy with any of the results of your polish, you can always use Saphir Reno’Mat to remove the polish and start over. Shoe polish is not permanent, so you shouldn’t ever have to worry about “permanently” runining a pair of shoes.

Order samples. If you are still not sure of the appropriate shoe polish color, order one of our Saphir Shoe Polish samples for $3.00.

Experiment. You can always use a complimentary color of shoe polish to further evolve the patina of a pair of shoes. Some aficionados like to use navy blue or green polish on a black pair of shoes. Some antique a brown pair of shoes with some dark brown or burgundy shoe polish. Individualize your shoes by creating your own custom patina. Again, as opposed to using leather dyes, shoe polish is not permanent and can always be removed.

And, of course, if you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to call The Hanger Project for expert help!

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