Shoe Shine Tutorials

How to Create A Mirror Shine

A proper mirror shine is one of the most difficult to achieve, the reason is that it requires the build up of a wax layer on the hard surfaces of the shoe that reflect light. In order to do this, you’ll need to apply coat after coat of wax polish until you build the wax finish above the pores so that it will glaçage and reflect light.

This blog will teach you how to create a high-gloss, mirror shine using the Saphir Medaille d’Or Mirror Gloss polish in as simple as three steps. A mirror gloss is achieved much faster with the Mirror Gloss than with the Pate de Luxe, which is naturally softer since it is meant to clean, nourish, and hydrate leather, in addition, to shine. Compared to the Pate de Luxe wax polish, the Mirror Gloss polish has an incredibly high concentration of hard waxes with a low solvent ratio- this creates a  hard, dry wax.

STEP 1 Prepare the shoe

Lightly brush the shoe to remove any surface dirt, then apply one coat of  Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish with a chamois cloth to clean the surface of the shoes and prepare the leather to take the mirror gloss wax polish. Remember, with shoe polish, less is more.

Let the cream polish dry until it starts fogging/clouding. Once the polish has begun to fog, spritz a bit of water onto the chamois cloth and buff of the cream polish using light pressure and buffing in a circular motion. Repeat this step until the fogging disappears.

STEP 2 Apply the mirror gloss wax polish

Apply the wax to the shoe; this will require several coats of wax and lots of water. Use a cotton chamois cloth to rub the polish into the shoe, spritzing water using a water dispenser to apply the wax. Use as much water as possible in order to lubricate the chamois cloth so that it glides across the shoe. Make sure to only apply the mirror gloss to the hard countered areas of the shoe such as the toe box and the rear of the shoe.

STEP 3 Finish with the pate De Luxe wax polish

Take the pate De Luxe wax polish and apply a tiny amount of wax polish (using no water), rub onto the toe box and hindquarters of the shoe. Continue this process until you’re satisfied with the high shine.

Products used:
Saphir Mirror Gloss Wax Polish

High Shine Cotton Chamois

High Shine Glass Water Dispenser

Saphir Pate De Lux Wax Polish

Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish