Shoe antiquing is the process by which you produce darker areas on an otherwise light colored pair of shoes. Antiquing is generally associated with an older pair of shoes because shoes naturally darken over time as you polish them — this usually occurs on the edges of the toe cap and heels. Follow the steps below to learn how to antique dress shoes.
Step 1: Apply Saphir Pigmented Cream Polish and Buff with Horsehair Brush
The first thing to do is to apply Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish in dark brown with a cotton chamois. Traditionally, these steps are only applied to the edges, the tip, and the back quarter of your shoes. You may need to do this several times to get the proper look.
After you’ve applied Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish, buff the polish off with a horsehair brush in a vigorous manner. If there is any polish build up, simply tap the brush on the shoe.
Step 2: Apply Saphir Mirror Gloss and Pate De Luxe Wax
The next step is to apply Saphir Mirror Gloss in Dark Brown with a high-shine chamois — after you’ve done that buff the gloss with a new spot on the chamois. In order to avoid darkening the shoe more than you’d like, we recommend using the Saphir neutral mirror gloss. Lastly, apply a small amount of the Saphir Pate De Luxe on the chamois and buff it in to the shoe.
Before and After
Here is a final look at how the shoe looks antiqued compared to it’s original state. It looks like a completely different shoe!