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Shoe Care Shoe Horns Tips by Kirby

How to Use a Shoehorn

How to Use a Shoehorn

In this video, we’re going to show you how to use a shoehorn, and talk you through some of the important points to keep in mind to ensure you’re using it properly. Shoe horns come in many different sizes and so whether you’re using something small like our travel shoehorn or our full-length 24-inch shoehorn it’s a function of whether or not you have space or in the case of our full length shoehorn whether or not you want to be able to use it while standing up.

Step 1: Travel Shoehorn

How to Use a Shoehorn - Step 1
The first shoe horn we’re going to show you how to use is our tab shoehorn. This is one of my favorite shoe horns. Although it is a quite large, certainly larger than the travel shoehorn, this is actually what I carry with me in my briefcase and my luggage. To use a shoehorn simply rest the shoehorn in the back of the shoes like this. Then carefully slide your foot into the shoe so that as your heel is sliding into the shoe the shoe horn is coming out. Like all other shoe horns, this one will effectively prevent damage to the back of your dress shoes. This is even more important for people who own bespoke shoes such as myself since they fit so tightly. Always loosen your laces. You want your laces as loose as possible, and a pair of bespoke shoes that are really tight you’re going to want to loosen your laces even more just to allow this shoe to open as much as possible as you slide your foot in.

Step 2: 24-inch Shoehorn

How to Use a Shoehorn
Next, we’re going to use our full-length shoehorn. This shoehorn measures 24 inches long. It’s a beautiful long shoehorn that allows you to place your shoes on without having to bend over or sit down. This works especially well for people that might not be as mobile, and don’t have a chair in their closet, or don’t want to bend down in order to put their shoes on. Again this shoehorn does not require you to reach down as far so you don’t have to bend over. Simply insert the shoehorn into the back of your shoe. Then slide your foot in. As your heel is sliding into the shoe pull up slightly on the shoehorn so that by the time your heel is fully seated into the shoe you’ve pulled the shoehorn completely out. The reason that that’s important is as you’re sliding your foot into the shoe you don’t want the shoehorn to further wedge your foot into the shoe making it difficult to put on. As you can see shoe horns are quite simple to use but are essential for maintaining shoes that are a snug fit.
Of course, all of these beautiful horn shoe horns are available on The Hanger Project. What I love about horn is just the natural marbling of the different colors of horn. This is a natural material. Absolutely beautiful, but we do have other shoe horns here on the hanger project and are proud to offer one of the widest and most comprehensive selections of shoe horns available anywhere in the world.
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Shoe Care Shoe Shine Tutorials

How to Shine Allen Edmonds Fifth Avenue

How to Shine Allen Edmonds Fifth Avenue

In this blog post, we will be showing you how to shine a pair of Allen Edmonds Fifth Avenue shoes. These are a great pair of shoes and one of Kirby’s good friends lent us a pair of his for this tutorial. They were looking pretty rough so we’re going to show you how a good polish and a change of shoelaces can really elevate a pair of Allen Edmonds Fifth Avenue and have them looking new again.

Step 1: Apply Reno’Mat to remove any excess waxes that may be on the shoes

Step 1 - How to Shine Allen Edmonds Fifth Avenue

Apply Saphir Reno’Mat in order to remove any excess wax or polish that may be on the shoe. This will allow you to start from the beginning and have no interference with your shine.

Step 2: Apply Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish

Step 2 - How to Shine Allen Edmonds Fifth Avenue

Next, apply Saphir Pommadier cream polish to your Allen Edmonds Fifth Avenue. Make sure you have the right color of Saphir Pommadier cream polish and massage it onto the surface of the shoe.

Step 3: Polish with a Pig Bristle Brush

Step 3 - How to Shine Allen Edmonds Fifth Avenue

The third step is to buff off any excess polish with your Hanger Project Pig Bristle brush. This will allow you to remove any build up and transform it into a polish. If you want to, apply more Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish onto the vamp and the buff it in again. The vamp is a very important part of the shoe to polish due to the cracking that can form from regular usage.

Step 4: Elevate Shine Using Saphir Pate De Luxe Wax Polish

Step 4 - How to Shine Allen Edmonds Fifth Avenue

Apply Saphir Pate De Luxe Wax Polish in a slightly darker shade onto the shoe for a slightly antique look. Make sure to massage it into the shoe in circular motions.

Step 5: Apply Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish and Fiebing Sole & Edge Repair to Edges

Step 5 - How to Shine Allen Edmonds Fifth Avenue

Now, apply Fiebings Sole and Edge Dressing onto the edges of your shoes and then follow with Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish in a dark brown shade in order to seal the sole and edge dressing. After you’ve done this, grab a small welt brush and remove any excess.

Step 6: Replace Shoelaces with Sovereign Grade Shoelaces

Step 6 - How to Shine Allen Edmonds Fifth Avenue

This step is optional but can completely elevate the look of the shoe. If you have some shoelaces that look as if they’re wearing out or tearing — we offer some great shoelace options on our website.

Before & After

Before&After - How to Shine Allen Edmonds Fifth Avenue

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Shoe Care Shoe Horns Shoe Trees

How to Prevent Creases in Dress Shoes

 

Today we’re going to show you How to Prevent Creases in Dress Shoes. We know that you work hard to keep your shoes looking great and we’re here to help you maintain them and keep them looking as new as possible for as long as possible. The only two products that you really need to prevent creasing on your shoes are proper shoe trees and a shoehorn.
How to Prevent Creases in Leather Dress Shoes - Shoe Tree
Here we have a pair of our Hanger Project ULTRA shoe trees. Shoe trees are probably the most important product to have in order to prevent creasing — they maintain the shape of your shoe after every wear and absorb moisture. Although it is totally natural for shoes to develop creasing across the vamp where the shoe flexes, storing your shoes with a proper pair of shoe trees will help minimize those creases by stretching the shoe back flat and pulling those creases out of the leather. So, although you’ll still have crease marks they’ll be significantly smaller than if you store your shoes without shoe trees. Here at the Hanger Project, we’re proud to have the largest and most comprehensive collection of luxury shoe trees available anywhere on the internet.
How to Prevent Creases in Leather Dress Shoes - Shoehorn
Shoe trees help prevent creasing across the vamp but a shoehorn helps prevent creasing at the heel. Using a shoehorn is the second most important thing that you can do to keep your shoes looking great and to prevent unsightly creases. Here we have three shoe horns, I have our Mortimer travel shoehorn that we have made by hand in England from Abbey Horn. This is made from a beautiful ox horn and is totally natural. Next, we have a 7-inch shoehorn that is great if you want a little bit longer of a shoehorn. Lastly, we have our 24-inch a full-length shoehorn that is exceptional for someone that doesn’t want to have to bend over or sit down to put their shoes on. Shoe horns are essential because they prevent damage to the back of your dress shoes whenever you’re putting your shoes on. This is even more important for people who own bespoke shoes, such as myself, since bespoke shoes fit tight there’s really no way that you can put on a pair of bespoke shoes without a shoehorn that doesn’t actually push down the back of the heel. Now the more times you do that, the more times you put on a shoe without a shoehorn, ultimately you’re going to collapse all the structure in the heel itself and you’re gonna see unsightly creasing begin to develop across the back of the shoe. For this reason, we recommend keeping shoe horns around you.

Now, if you ever find yourself without a shoehorn there’s no excuse not to use one — we have a video exactly on this topic, that is a Shoehorn Hacks: Things that you can use in lieu of a shoehorn. If you find yourself without one, check out that video it’ll absolutely save you if you ever find yourself without a shoehorn. With proper shoe trees and shoehorns it’s very easy to minimize or even prevent creasing from forming across your leather dress shoes.
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Shoe Care Shoe Shine Tutorials

How to Mirror Shine Shoes with a Hairdryer

How to Mirror Shine Shoes with a Hairdryer

In this tutorial, Kirby Allison teaches you a way to Mirror Shine Dress Shoes using a common household hair dryer. The purpose of heating the waxes is to open the pores and soften the waxes so that they are accepted into the leather pores.

Step 1: Clean using Saphir Reno’Mat

How to Mirror Shine Your Shoes with a Blowdryer - Step 1

Apply a generous amount of the Saphir Reno’Mat onto your cotton chamois — using medium to firm pressure clean the cap of the shoe off. It is important to use medium to firm pressure in order to properly remove all of the excess waxes.

Step 2: Apply Mirror Gloss Using Shoe Cleaning DauberHow to Mirror Shine Your Shoes with a Blowdryer - Step2

Apply Saphir Mirror Gloss onto your dauber then rub it onto the tip of your shoe. The trick is to apply a generous amount for the hairdryer to melt down onto a shine. If you apply too much the hairdryer will buff it off for you.

Step 3: Melt the Wax Using a Hair Dryer

How to Mirror Shine Your Shoes with a Blowdryer - Step3

Use medium heat to melt the wax into the pores of the shoes. So as to not damage the leather permanently use medium heat and do not use a lighter or any kind of open flame on the shoe.

Step 4: Buff Using Saphir Mirror Gloss and Saphir Pate De Luxe Wax Shoe Polish

How to Mirror Shine Your Shoes with a Blowdryer - Step4

Take your high-shine chamois and buff off any excess waxes that have been left on the tip of your shoe. After that, run the hairdryer over the shoe one more time. This shine requires more buffing time than a regular shine. Depending on the shine that you want, you can continue to add the wax polish and putting the heat over the shoe.

Final Product:

How to Mirror Shine Your Shoes with a Blowdryer - Final Look

We hope that this tutorial was useful and that you learned how to mirror shine your shoes with a hairdryer! Leave a comment below with your shine. ✨

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Shoe Care Shoe Polishes

How to Antique Dress Shoes

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

How To Antique Dress Shoes - Step 1

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.

How To Antique Dress Shoes - Step 1.2

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

How To Antique Dress Shoes - Final Look

Here is a final look at how the shoe looks antiqued compared to it’s original state. It looks like a completely different shoe!

We hope this helped you learn how to antique dress shoes!

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Shoe Care Shoe Shine Tutorials

How to Shine Shoes in 10 Minutes

Shining your shoes can be a lengthy process, however, in this tutorial, we show you how to achieve a good-looking 10 minute shoeshine. Follow the steps below and your favorite pair of shoes will be shiny in no time.

Step 1: Clean shoes with a Horsehair Brush, Water, and a Cotton Chamois

10 Minute Shoeshine - Step 1

First, you want to start off by preparing and cleaning your shoes before the shoe shine. Begin by buffing the shoes with our Hanger Project 100% Horsehair brush. Then rub a high-shine cotton chamois with a very small amount of water on the shoe. Here we used our Spray Bottle.

Step 2: Apply Saphir Cream Polish

10 Minutes Shoeshine - Step 2

Second, we are going to apply Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish onto the shoe. The purpose of this step is to renew the finish and add some softer waxes onto the shoe. After applying Saphir Pommadier cream polish onto the shoe, buff the cream polish with the horsehair shoeshine brush using brisk motions.

Bonus Tip:

Considering you’re in a rush, apply some of the Saphir Pommadier cream polish onto the front edge of the shoe. The front edge of the shoe is usually the first to become discolored with normal wear.

Step 3: Apply Saphir Wax Polish

10 Minute Shoeshine - Step 3

Lastly, we will finish the shoeshine off with Saphir Pate De Luxe Wax Polish. On a clean part of the high shine cotton chamois spray a little bit of water and then pick up some of the wax shoe polish and apply it to the toe of the shoe.

After a 10 Minute Shoeshine

10 Minute Shoeshine - After

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How to Waterproof Suede Shoes

In today’s post, we will show you how to waterproof suede shoes. Don’t be intimidated by getting your suede shoes wet, we’re here to help. Follow these 3 easy steps to get your favorite pair of suede shoes ready for any rainy day activity.

Preparing to waterproof your shoes:

Waterproof Suede Shoes - Step 0: Brush

Before Step 1, it is important to brush the suede on the shoes. Here we used our Hanger Project Suede Cleaning Brush. Brushing the suede ensures that there is no dirt accumulated before sealing it with Saphir Super Invulner spray.

Step 1: Spray Saphir Super Invulner

Step 1 - How to Waterproof Suede Shoes

The first step is to spray the Saphir Super Invulner 6 – 12 inches away from the surface onto your suede shoes. After applying, allow 30 minutes to dry. It’s important to spray the Super Invulner into the welt of the shoe — it is a potential entry point for water into the shoe.

Make sure to complete this step outside or in a garage to keep the aroma of from lingering for a long period of time.

Step 2: Apply Wax Polish to Welt

Step 2: How to Waterproof Suede Shoes - Welt

Next, is to add some Saphir Pate De Luxe Wax Shoe Polish in Neutral onto a welt brush and apply the polish at an angle to the welt. As a result, this step’s essential to protecting and cleaning the welt of suede shoes. Be careful not to apply too much polish onto the brush because you run the risk of getting the polish on the upper suede of the shoe.

Bonus Tip: Bonus Tip: Waterproof Suede Shoes

In addition, if you are worried about getting polish on your suede, we learned a cool tip from shoemakers. Simply apply masking tape onto the suede surface edge of your shoe before applying the polish.

Step 3: Apply Saphir Sole Guard

Step 3 - How to Waterproof suede shoes

Also, it’s important to waterproof the soles of shoes, Saphir’s Sole Guard was created to do that. Shake the bottle well and apply onto a cotton chamois. Then, rub the cotton chamois onto the sole of the shoe. Lastly, allow approximately one hour for the Sole Guard to dry.

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Shoe Care

How to Remove Shoe Polish from Leather Shoes

In today’s post, we’re going to show you how to remove shoe polish from a pair of leather shoes. This can be done in three easy and simple steps. All you’ll need is the Saphir RenoMat, a cotton chamois and a little bit of water.

Once in a while, it’s a good idea to just remove all the wax polish from a pair of shoes in order to thoroughly condition the leather. Some reasons why you would want to remove shoe polish from you shoes include: if you used a color with which you’re unhappy with, or if cheap inferior polish was used on your shoes that might contain silicones or petroleum-based products.

Step 1: Apply Saphir Reno’Mat to a Cotton Chamois

How to remove shoe polish - Step 1: Apply Saphir Reno'Mat to a Cotton Chamois

Soak a coin-sized amount of Saphir Reno’Mat on a cotton chamois and then apply a small amount on a hidden area of the shoe. This is to ensure that it’s not going to react with the leather in any unintended ways.

Step 2: Rub in Small Circular Motions

How to remove shoe polish - Step 2: Rub in Small Circular Motions

Rub in small circular motions with medium to firm pressure. The amount of Reno’Mat used will depend on how much hard wax has built up. Make sure to use a clean portion of the chamois. Repeat until you see the pores of the leather exposed.

Step 3: Final Rinse of Shoe

How to remove shoe polish - Step 3: Final Rinse of Shoe

Take a small amount of water on a cotton chamois and conduct a final wash of shoe to get any residual Reno’Mat off of the leather.

We used our High-Shine Glass Water Dispenser here.

Before & After

How to remove shoe polish - Before & After

Pictured above is a before and after of the shoe polish removal. The left shoe has built up polish and wax, whereas the right one has been cleaned of all product.

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Shoe Care Shoe Polishes

How to Repair Scratched Leather Shoes

In this short guide, we will showcase how to repair scratched leather shoes using a couple of different techniques. If one wears a pair of shoes often enough, minor scratches and scuffs are inevitable. Fixing these usually doesn’t require much more than cream polish. However, as you may have experienced, cream polish may not cut it for deeper scratches and scuffs. It isn’t the end of the world though. With the right products and a little bit of know-how, it won’t be long before you know how to repair scratched leather shoes at home. Here’s what you will need:

Method 1: Apply Cream Polish (For Lighter Scratches)

How to Repair Scratched Leather Shoes - Saphir Cream Polish

If you haven’t already tried applying Saphir’s Pommadier Cream Polish, you should. There is a strong chance the high concentration of pigments in the Cream Polish will mask your scratches and scuffs. That is, unless they are quite deep. If that’s the case, you may want to skip to method 2 first.

Using your fingers or a cotton chamois, apply a portion of cream polish on the affected area. You may want to apply more in the surrounding areas as well in order to blend it. After applying, use a horsehair brush to buff the excess polish off and elevate a light shine. For an even higher shine, consider applying a light layer of wax polishes on top of the cream. The shine will not only make your shoes look better, but will also help mask the damage. Repeat this process until you are pleased with the results.

Method 2: Renovating & Repair Cream (For Deeper Scratches)

How to Repair Scratched Leather Shoes - Deep Scratches

Saphir offers an excellent product called the Creme Renovatrice or Renovating Repair Cream. The Renovating Repair Cream is resin based and has a variety of color options. This makes it perfect for filling in deep nicks and scratches. The product is best used on surfaces that are deeply scratched and can’t simply be covered up with polish.

First apply a small drop of the Renovating Repair Cream to a concealed part of the leather for color matching purposes. Assess the results, and decide whether or not you wish to continue. Apply this product only if you are happy with the color match, because this solution is permanent. Apply a small amount to the affected area with your finger, completely filling any scratches or nicks with the resin. Allow it a few minutes to dry after applying.

 

Once the resin has dried, apply the same color of cream polish throughout the shoe, but concentrate on the area with the resin. The aim is to blend the colors as effectively as possible.

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Shoe Care Shoe Shine Tutorials

How to Polish Shoes to a Mirror Shine – 5 Easy Hacks

When it comes to mirror shining a pair of dress shoes, it seems like everyone has their own preferred method. For someone learning how to polish shoes to a mirror shine, the variety of techniques may seem overwhelming. Because of that, we decided to put this guide together showcasing 5 easy methods for obtaining a mirror shine.

1. Use Saphir Mirror Gloss

How to Polish Shoes to a Mirror Shine - Mirror Gloss

It is no secret: obtaining a mirror shine is a relatively time-consuming project. However, by using Saphir’s Mirror Gloss, the high gloss shine will appear far sooner with much less effort. The Mirror Gloss is easy to apply and contains a high concentration of hard waxes, which really speeds up the mirror shine process. These qualities have made the Mirror Gloss indispensable for those who must mirror shine their shoes often but don’t have several hours to spare. Visit our guide on How to Shine a New Pair of Allen Edmonds for a full shoe shine routine that includes the mirror gloss.

2. Use a High Shine Chamois or a Cotton Ball

How to Polish Shoes to a Mirror Shine - High Shine Chamois

Believe it or not, there is a noticeable difference between using a regular cotton chamois and our High Shine Chamois. While a regular cotton chamois is suitable for regular polishes, it isn’t ideal for large amounts of wax. The fibers in a regular chamois may come loose and become trapped in the wax on your shoes. By the time you are finished buffing the waxes, it will be too late to notice.

Our High Shine Chamois, on the other hand, is made from Super 180 2-ply cotton shirting. This means the cotton is woven very tightly and will not produce any loose fibers. Not only that, it is designed to glide smoothly over the surface of the shoe, reducing the effort required to buff the waxes to a shine. Alternatively, an old cotton dress shirt will work just as effectively, if you just so happen to have one.

3. Rub your Chamois on a Surface to Clean Before Buffing

How to Polish Shoes to a Mirror Shine - Rub Chamois

When producing a mirror shine, as discussed in the tip above, the chamois should glide across the shoe. If your chamois has wax stains, you can smooth them out by quickly rubbing the stain area on a surface. Whether it’s your hand, a spare towel, or a leather shoeshine carpet, rubbing the chamois before buffing is a must. This will ensure the hard waxes stuck on the chamois do not interfere with your process.

4. Use Alcohol in the Water

How to Polish Shoes to a Mirror Shine - Isopropyl Alcohol

Adding a small amount of isopropyl alcohol to your water will affect the Mirror Gloss the same way the Pate de Luxe does. The alcohol will help melt the waxes a bit, which in turn will help you produce a shine quicker. We recommend using 1 part isopropyl alcohol to 3 or 4 parts of water. Not only will this help melt the waxes, but it will also help prevent the waxes from absorbing too much water.

5. Use a Blow Dryer

How to Polish Shoes to a Mirror Shine - Blow Dryer

 

Apply a generous amount of Mirror Gloss to the shoes and use a blow dryer on medium heat to help melt the waxes. This will help the waxes enter the pores of the leather, thus smoothing out the waxes and helping produce a high gloss finish. While some people take a lighter to their shoe to achieve this same effect, we do not recommend doing that because it may damage the leather.