Shoe Care Shoe Polishes

The Best Shoe Polish Brand For True Shoe Aficionados

Choosing the best shoe polish for your fine leather shoes can be a headache – but it doesn’t have to be. In our latest video, our founder Kirby Allison demonstrates the difference between Saphir products vs. other shoe polishes and discusses the importance of color matching. In the video guide below, you’ll learn why true shoe loving gentlemen opt for Saphir Medaille d’Or as opposed to Lincoln, Kiwi, or Meltonin shoe polish. Alternatively, continue reading for a brief overview of each product.

Is Saphir Medaille d’Or the Best Shoe Polish Vs. Other Shoe Polish Brands?

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What differentiates Saphir Medaille d’Or from Lincoln, Kiwi, and Meltonian shoe care is all in the formula. Saphir continues to use the same ingredients and formula that won them the ‘Gold Medal’ in Paris, France in 1925. The medal recognized Saphir Medaille d’Or for the quality of its leather care products and Saphir continues its legacy using only the best ingredients in its polishes. Saphir Medaille d’Or is different because it has suffered none of the technical progressions of modern shoe polish. It does not use any silicones or petroleum by-products as done by its fellow competitors. Saphir uses only the finest natural ingredients that creates a fantastic shine while also deeply nourishing your fine dress shoes.

What’s in a Saphir Medaille D’Or shoe polish?

  • Animal, vegetable, and mineral waxes that provide necessary nutrition to the leather keeping it soft and supple.
  • All natural pine based turpentine that will not damage the leather as opposed to other brands such as Kiwi, Lincoln, and Meltonian who may use petroleum based turpentine.

Meltonian Shoe Polish

Meltonian cream polish

If you’re polishing your fine dress shoes with Meltonian shoe polish, you’re simply rubbing the product on the surface of the leather. The polish is not penetrating the surface of your leather shoes, which means the leather is not receiving any nutrition and can potentially start cracking.

Lincoln Shoe Polish

Lincoln Shoe Polish


Lincoln is certainly one of the best American-made polish, certainly an improvement over Meltonian shoe polish. It does penetrate the leather, and provides a nice shine. However, it isn’t available in a variety of colors, which can be limiting. Furthermore, Lincoln uses a petroleum based turpentine, which not only produces a noticeable odor in the polish, but may also damage leather. Saphir offers 13 different colors of waxes and polishes, all made from natural products, so you know there will be one right for you.

Kiwi Shoe Polish

Kiwi shoe polish


Like Meltonian, Kiwi shoe polish does not penetrate the leather as effectively as Saphir Medaille D’Or’s neutral wax polish.


Watch the full video review on YouTube

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