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Using Saphir Mink Oil On Fine Leather Dress Shoes

The Benefits Of Saphir Mink Oil

The art of cleaning and polishing one’s shoes is a skill acquired through years of practice, patience, and discipline. As a shoe aficionado, it’s important to understand which products will do more damage than good to your leather shoes.  After all, the right products will ensure that your shoes last a lifetime – that’s why we will be discussing why we recommend Saphir Mink Oil over Grasso Di Foca (Seal Oil/Fat).

We always recommend Saphir Medaille d’Or products due to the fact that they use only the best ingredients, guaranteeing that your shoes will receive all the nutrients they need. Other shoe shine products use harmful resins and silicones in their waxes and creams that could damage your fine shoes but with Saphir Medaille D’or, you’ll never have that worry.

Grasso Di Foca On Leather Dress Shoes

Recently, a customer asked if they could use seal oil/fat on their leather shoes to which we replied ‘NO.’ First and foremost, seal is a banned fat. Yes, Grasso Di Foca was used in World War II by members of the military to waterproof their leather boots, but over the years, Saphir has developed products that are better suited for fine leather shoes. The Saphir Mink Oil doesn’t contain any banned fats, harmful silicones, or harmful resins, nor is it insanely oily.

Does It Matter?

Just because a product has oil in it, doesn’t mean you should be using it on your fine leather shoes. The leather is highly permeable and will soak oil like a sponge. However, ensuring that the leather is being nourished with the right oils is vital to taking care of your dress shoe.  Mink oil is tested and proven for preserving finished and unfinished leather. Made from the fat of minks, Saphir’s mink oil is ideal for leather boots and shoes. Not only will it make your shoe water resistant, mink oil will nourish the leather and prevent them from damage. Many shoe aficionados use Saphir’s mink oil to condition, waterproof, and weather-guard their shoes.

How To Use Saphir’s Mink Oil

Use Saphir’s Mink Oil as an occasional deep conditioner prior to your normal shoe care routine. It should not be applied to areas where you would produce a high-shine (such as the toe and hindquarters) as the slightly greasy nature makes it difficult for the leather to take a high-shine.

  1. Prepare leather by cleaning any dust with damp chamois.
  2. Apply a light coat to the leather using a cotton chamois. Less is more.
  3. Allow leather to absorb mink oil for at least 5-10 minutes or opt to leave it overnight.
  4. Buff off any residual oil using a horsehair shoe shine brush.
  5. If leather requires additional nourishment, apply a second coat.
  6. Once the leather has fully dried, polish as normal using Saphir Medaille d’Or Pommadier Cream Polish.

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Cleaners Shoe Care

How to Use Saphir’s Gommadin Eraser

Caring for Suede & Nubuck Shoes

Like other fine dress shoes, suede, nubuck, and velvet shoes require special care in order to keep them looking new. The Saphir Gommadin suede & Nubuck eraser is meant to remove dry stains and should be used as a supplement to the suede cleaning brush. The suede eraser is perfect for spot cleaning your shoes and removing dry stains, so use it as needed. However, the eraser will not be able to remove any oil based or color based stains so for those issues you will need to use the Saphir Omni’Nettoyant Suede Shampoo or the Saphir Hussard Oil Stain Remover.

How To Use The Suede Eraser

Using the Saphir Gommadin Suede & Nubuck eraser is a lot like using a pencil eraser: identify the dry stain you are trying to remove, then take the eraser and rub it into the stain using moderate to firm pressure. Then, take a suede cleaning brush and brush it off. The natural-bristle suede cleaning brush is used to remove dirt from suede after daily wear to re-fluff the shoe. The cleaning brush is an essential tool in maintaining and caring for your fine suede shoes.

The products listed below should be in your shoe care box if you have suede, nubuck, or velvet shoes:

Saphir Gommadin Suede & Nubuck Eraser
https://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-…

Saphir Crepe Brush for Suede and Nubuck
https://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-…

Saphir Brass Suede Brush
https://www.hangerproject.com/brass-s…

Large Round Shoe Polish Dauber by La Cordonnerie Anglaise
https://www.hangerproject.com/la-cord…

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Shoe Care Shoe Shine Tutorials

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.

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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

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Shoe Care Shoe Polishes

How to Repair Welts and Edges

When it comes to caring for leather shoes, welts are often overlooked in the typical shoe maintenance routine.  However, welts require occasional maintenance to keep them clean and ensure that they are protected against moisture. Cleaning your shoe’s welts can be easily accomplished by following the steps highlighted below:

Step 1

Begin cleaning the welt by brushing it using moderate pressure. When using the brush, insert the brush tips into the joint between the shoe upper and the sole edge – this usually results in the brush being placed at a forty-five-degree (45°) angle.

Step 2

Once the welt has been thoroughly brushed, apply a moderate amount of wax polish in neutral to the clean brush. Next, repeat the welt brushing as done with the clean brush, but this time with the neutral wax.

Step 3

Allow the neutral wax polish to dry and then remove any excess wax using a clean brush.

Step 4

If the sole edges or heels require color, cream polish or edge dressing can be used to recolor and fill in scratches, marks, or dents. Simply apply a thin layer of the edge dressing or cream polish (make sure you color close to that of your shoe color) using a chamois cloth and allow it to dry. Once dry, brush the welts, sole edges and heels — repeat as needed.

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Shoe Polishes

Wax Vs Cream Polish

Are you using the right polish for your fine leather shoes? While wax polishes tend to be the most common polish you’ll find in stores, it doesn’t mean you’re giving your shoes the royal treatment.

Wax polishes are primarily used to bring up the shine in the leather shoe; the high concentration of hard waxes in a wax polish is what allows you to produce a high gloss shine.  However, a wax polish does not offer the same level of nourishing and conditioning as a cream polish does.

We recommend using the Saphir Pommadier Medaille D’Or cream polish before applying any wax polish to your shoe, as it does a better job of nourishing, conditioning, and renovating the leather than a wax polish does. The Saphir Medaille D’Or cream polish is made with pine based turpentine and does not use any petroleum-based solvents, preventing the risk of damage due to silicon or other resins.

If the goal is to achieve a higher gloss shine, then it is beneficial to come on top of a cream polish with a wax polish. The high concentration of hard waxes yields a higher-gloss finish and more protection than cream polishes. We recommend the use of Saphir’s Wax Polish after the use of the Saphir Renovateur, and Pommadier Cream Polish to produce a high-gloss patina.

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Shoe Shine Sunday: Saint Crispin’s 506

I’m excited to announce that Shoe Shine Sunday is back on a weekly basis! Today I’m getting a pair Saint Crispin’s 506 ready for a special event. Join me by posting before and after photos here of your own polish job today! Without further ado, let’s get to it…
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The “damage”

Today’s set up includes…
Saphir MDO Leather Lotion
Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish in neutral and black
Saphir Chamois Cloth
Edoya Hakubake and Goat Hair Brushes
Saphir Welt Brush
Water/Solvent Dispenser
Cotton Pads

I began as usual by wiping the shoes down with a damp cloth and followed up with a brushing using the Edoya Hakubake brush. I then lightly applied Saphir MDO Leather Lotion all over with a Saphir Chamois Cloth, to gently clean and condition the uppers and sole edges.

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I let the lotion sit and dry for about 15-20 minutes and, while it dried, I used a small Saphir Welt Brush to apply neutral Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish to the welt, sole edges, and heel. The sole edges were in good shape, so I didn’t need to use an edging tool to seal up the sole edges. As usual, I then brushed the shoes, heel and sole edges first with the Edoya Hakubake brush and then again with the Edoya finishing brush.

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After Hakbuake

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After Finishing

Then it was on to wax polish, starting with two thin applications all over the shoes using a Saphir Chamois Cloth and each application was followed by a brushing with both brushes after the application dried. Once two applications of wax were on the shoes, I alternated additional applications of black and neutral Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish, particularly on the toe, apron and heel counter of each shoe, as I wanted to bring most of this pair back up to a mirror shine. I used cotton pads and a 60/40 mixture of water/alcohol from the Water/Solvent Dispenser to help apply and work the Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish into the uppers.

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After the initial wax applications

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Halfway through the alternating applications

Once I was happy with the overall condition of the uppers, I gave the shoes one last brushing with the Edoya finishing brush and then evened everything out with a slightly damp dry cotton pad.

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Voila!

 

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Shoe Shine Sunday: Gaziano & Girling Hoves

Today I’m conditioning/lightly polishing a brand new pair of Gaziano & Girling Hoves that have been sitting in the box for some time…join me by posting before and after photos (inside or out) of your own polish job today!

These Hoves haven’t been worn at all, but my I’m getting ready to move them on to greener pastures, so it was time for a little update.
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The “damage”

Today’s set up includes:
Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish in medium brown
Edoya Brush
Large Saphir Polishing Brush
Saphir Leather Lotion
Saphir Chamois

I began by wiping the shoes down with a damp cloth, a brushing with the Saphir Brush as is my usual practice, and then a liberal dosing of Saphir Leather Lotion all over. I let the Saphir Leather Lotion dry and then buffed off with the Saphir Brush.

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Once the Hoves were brushed again with the Saphir Brush, I began working Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish in medium brown into the shoes with a Saphir Chamois cloth.

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And…another brushing with the Saphir Brush and again with the Edoya Brush…

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And, after another couple of layers of wax and then brushing…

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Shoe Shine Sunday: Saint Crispin’s Old Baileys

Today I’m refreshing a pair of Saint Crispin’s Old Baileys in Crust leather…join me by posting before and after photos (inside or out) of your own polish job today!

Without further ado, let’s get to it…

These Saint Crispin’s Old Bailey’s haven’t been worn much, but have definitely dried out a bit over time in storage, so it was time for a nourishing refresh. The goal here isn’t a high shine but, rather, a deep, nourished gleam.

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The “damage”

Today’s set up includes:
Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish in light brown
Leather Backed Polishing Brush
Deluxe Goat Hair Finishing Brush
Saphir Leather Lotion
Saphir Pommadier Cream Shoe Polish in light brown
Saphir Chamois

I began by wiping the shoes down with a damp cloth, a brushing with the Leather Backed Polishing Brush as is my usual practice, and then a liberal dosing of Saphir Leather Lotion all over. I let the Saphir Leather Lotion dry and then buffed off with the Leather Backed Polishing Brush.

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Once the boots were brushed again with the Leather Backed Polishing Brush, I applied a layer of Saphir Pommadier Cream Shoe Polish in light brown with a chamois.

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And…another brushing with the Leather Backed Polishing Brush…

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Then it was time for some wax, this time applied using a cotton pad and brushed vigorously with the Deluxe Goat Hair Finishing Brush after drying…

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Another coat on countered areas on the boots and another brushing…

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And…Voila!

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I’ll be checking back in on this thread throughout the day, so feel free to include any questions you might have along with your posts — who knows, the answer(s) may even be the subject of a future Shoe Shine Sunday!

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Shoe Shine Sunday: Saint Crispin’s 401

Today I’m dipping back into the winter wardrobe and refreshing a pair of Saint Crispin’s 401 boots in crust 609…join me by posting before and after photos (inside or out) of your own polish job today!

Each participant this week who cross-posts to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday and #entry) will receive one entry for a drawing to be held in four weeks for a $500 Hanger Project gift certificate!

Without further ado, let’s get to it…

These Saint Crispin’s boots haven’t been worn much, but have definitely dried out a bit over time in storage, so it was time for a little nourishment.

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The “damage”

Today’s set up includes:

Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish in dark brown

Horsehair Polishing Brush

Deluxe Goat Hair Finishing Brush

Saphir Leather Lotion

Saphir Chamois

I began by wiping the shoes down with a damp cloth, a brushing with the Horsehair Polishing Brush as is my usual practice, and then a liberal dosing of Saphir Leather Lotion all over. I let the Saphir Leather Lotion dry and then buffed off with the Horsehair Polishing Brush.

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Once the boots were brushed again with the Horsehair Polishing Brush, I began working Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish in dark brown into the boots.

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And…another brushing with the Horsehair Polishing Brush and again with the Deluxe Goat Hair Finishing Brush…

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And, after a quick brush of the suede boot shafts with an Edoya brass suede brush…voila!

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