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Presidential Shoe Shine

Have you ever wanted to know how to create a presidential shoe shine on your fine dress shoes? This blog will not only outline the products you’ll need to create this shine but guide through each step of the process.

Step 1: Apply Saphir Reno Mat 

The purpose of the Reno Mat is to help remove any type of wax or resin build-up that may have accumulated on top of the leather.  

The first step to creating a presidential shoe shine is to apply the Saphir Reno Mat to a cotton chamois cloth. Test it on a hidden area of the shoe before applying it to the entire shoe to make sure that the Reno Mat does not react negatively on your shoe. Use moderate to firm pressure and small circular motions in order to rub the hard wax off. Focus on the areas of the shoe where you have a lot of build up of hard waxes- especially on the toe box. This process will take about 3-5 minutes. After you’ve finished, spritz a bit of water onto the shoe and wipe away any excess Reno Mat. Allow 30 minutes for the shoe to dry before moving on to step 2.

Step 2

The Saphir Dubbin will provide deep conditioning and nourishment to your shoe. 

Apply the Saphir Medaille D’Or Dubbin Graisse using a cotton chamois. Make sure you’re only applying the dubbin across the vamp and on the side of the shoes. Do NOT apply to any of the hard countered areas of the shoe such as the toe box or rear. Allow at least 24 hours for the leather to absorb all the nutrients.

Step 3

Using light to moderate pressure brush away any excess dubbin using a large horsehair shoe brush. Apply Saphir Renovateur using your cotton chamois and massage it into the leather, using moderate to firm pressure. Allow 3-5 minutes for the Renovateur to penetrate the leather. Buff away the Renovateur using the horsehair brush.

Step 4

Apply a thin layer of Saphir Medaille D’Or Pommadiere cream polish using a cotton chamois (less is more when it comes to a cream polish) and massage it into the leather.

Step 5

Apply an even coat of the Saphir Medaille D’Or pate de lux wax polish using a cotton chamois cloth and massage the wax into the leather using small, circular motions. After applying two coats of the wax polish, let the wax dry. Once the wax has dried, begin to buff the shoe using a horse hair brush.

Step 6: Recolor Edges

Apply using your finger and smooth the edge dressing across the edges of your shoe. Allow the edge dressing to dry for 3-5 minutes before moving on to the final step.

Step 7: Condition and Waterproof Soles with Saphir Sole Guard

Apply the sole guard to your cotton chamois cloth and massage it into the soles of your shoes.