Today I’m bulling a new pair of Saint Crispin’s calfskin opera pumps — join me by posting photographs here today of you shining/polishing your shoes (before and after shots, please)!
Without further ado, let’s get to it…
These Saint Crispin’s opera pumps are brand new, but I prefer an even higher shine on the toes so some bulling/mirror polishing is in order.
Today’s set up includes:
Small Polishing Bush
Saphir Pate de Luxe polish in black and neutral
Glass Water Dispenser
Cut cotton pads
As always, I first brushed the shoes, this time with a Small Polishing Bush, to remove any dirt and other surface adulterants.
Brush, brush, brush
I began the actual polishing process by applying a very thin, light layer of black Saphir Pate de Luxe polish all over the shoes with a cut cotton pad. I worked the wax into the shoes in small circular motions with very light pressure. When adding wax to the cotton pad, I simply set the pad on the wax and twisted the pad one-quarter of a turn with very light pressure:
After repeating this process two or so times (letting the wax dry each time), I concentrated on adding wax only to the toe of the left shoe but using the same process. Once I was satisfied that enough wax was on the toe of the left shoe to protect against water on the surface, I continued to add wax to the toe of the left shoe but interspersed with drops of a 4-1 water/pure alcohol mixture that I keep in my Glass Water Dispenser.
The key from this point on was getting a feel for my particular wax and the leather – it should feel as if you can easily “push” the wax around the toe of the shoe, rather than a sticky feeling that leads to “pulling” or pressing it into the leather. My wax was very dry (from use over time), so I used more water to lubricate the surface for each coating of wax than might someone else with a brand new tin of wax.
More wax on
In order to maintain some continuity between the increasingly mirrored toe and the remainder of the shoe, for every 5-7 very thin coats of wax on the toe, I applied a similarly thin coating to the remainder of the shoe (I did not mirror the heel counters on this particular pair as a personal aesthetic choice). Additionally, for every 5-7 coats of black Saphir Pate de Luxe polish on the toe, I applied 2-3 coats of neutral Saphir Pate de Luxe polish using a different cut cotton pad. Eventually, I decided the shine (remember, just on the left shoe for today) was satisfactory:
That’s it for today – I’ll finish the other shoe later.