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Shoe Shine Sunday: Carmina tassel loafers

Hola, everyone! It’s too nice outside to be stuck inside, so Shoe Shine Sunday is going mobile! Today my Saphir polish and Carmina tassel loafers are busy soaking up the sun…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…

My Carmina tassel loafers have been worn a lot, and yesterday I noticed that they needed a refresh. So, I packed up the usual refreshing tools, grabbed the wife, a brat and a brew, and gave all of the tourists a surprise show…

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Before

Today’s set up includes:
Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish in dark brown
High Density Horsehair Polishing Brush
Deluxe Goat Hair Finishing Brush
Saphir Renovateur
Saphir Pommadier Cream Shoe Polish in dark green

Given that this is a usual refresh, but with a beautiful view, let’s get straight to the photos…

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Shoe Shine Sunday: Saint Crispin’s Model 205

Happy holiday weekend! Today I’m brushing up some Saint Crispin’s Model 205s in FUN 609 — 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…

My Saint Crispin’s Model 205s have been worn a bit, but yesterday I noticed that they needed a bit of a refresh. So, not having any footie to watch this morning, I broke out the usual refreshing tools and prepared to get to work…

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Before

Today’s set up includes:
Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish in neutral, dark brown
Edoya brush
Cotton pads
Leather Shoeshine Carpet
Saphir Renovateur
Deer Bone

As usual, I started off brushing the shoes, this time just with my beautiful Edoya brush…and I just kept brushing…

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IG approved

A little underwhelming in terms of numbers of photos, I know, but the brush is just fantastic to use and I wound up not needing to use anything at all on the uppers. I did clean the welts with neutral Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish, smooth the sole edges with the Deer Bone, and re-wax the sole edges with dark brown Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish as usual, though.

 

 

 

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When to Use Our Yak Hair Brushes

Because we carry a wide variety of brushes for shoe polishing, we often get questions on which brush to buy. For instance the Yak Hair Brush is a spectacular brush to add to your polishing line up but when would you want to use it? The density and properties of yak hair make for the perfect finishing brush. The Hanger Project Yak Hair Brushes are super dense and very soft. Because yak hairs are wavy, these brushes have to be made by hand.

Another question we often get is comparing one brush to another. Which is why we made the short video below comparing two of our best selling brushes. Both of these great brushes have an intended use. Which is also why one is not directly better or interchangeable for the other.

The Horsehair Polishing Brush is an essential brush that is great for the steps in-between the whole shoe shine process. It buffs shoes very well and is usually the first brush we recommend buying to start a shoe shine kit. For more information on the horsehair brushes click through to their blog post.

The Yak Hair Brush is the brush you want to finish a shoe shine and really bring out the shine of a pair of shoes. It is also a great brush for touching up a shined pair of shoes before and after wearing daily. The benefits are hard to realize without seeing the brush in action. Watch the video below to see the differences in these great brushes.

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Shoe Shine Sunday: Saint Crispin’s 522C Oxfords

Today I’m highlighting bulled toe caps with a few “before and after” shots of some Saint Crispin’s 522C Oxfords — 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 522C Oxfords are brand new, but I thought they’d look even better with a highly polished toe cap.

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Before

Today’s set up includes:
Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish in neutral, navy
Edoya brush
Cotton pads
Glass Solvent Dispenser

I personally prefer to use navy Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish when polishing my black shoes, as I think the navy wax helps to create a perception of depth in the toe cap when highly polished. To apply the wax, I use a cotton pad, usually folded in quarters for better control, and small amounts of a water and rubbing alcohol mixture from a Glass Solvent Dispenser.

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Before (right) and After (left)

I use minute amounts of wax and apply the wax in very thin coats with circular movements, such that I continually buff the newly applied wax to a shine with the cotton pad. Over time, the small, thin layers of wax fill the pores of the shoe leather and a high shine is created.

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Before (right) and After (left)

For every 5-8 coats of wax on the toe caps, I also apply a thin coat of wax to the rest of the shoe in order to maintain some continuity.

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Depth

Slow and steady wins the race here, and details such as the amount of pressure to apply, when to add more water/alcohol, etc. will be learned over time — even down to the variance in those details between different shoes, makers, and leathers. Heel counters can also be pulled to a high shine, but I personally prefer to bull only the toe. The waist of the shoe and heel edges are topics for another day, given that this particular pair is brand new.

 

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Shoe Shine Sunday: Gaziano & Girling loafers

Today I’m finishing last week’s cleaning of a pair of Gaziano & Girling loafers in fox suede — 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 loafers were, among other things, shampooed for last week’s Shoe Shine Sunday with Saphir Omni’Nettoyant suede cleaner, and just need a little finishing.

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The “damage”

Today’s set up includes:
Saphir Renovateur
Tarrago Nano Protector Water Proofing Spray
Leather Shoeshine Carpet
Horn-Backed Suede Cleaning Brush
Lighter

After shampooing last week, stains and dirt were removed from the suede, leaving them uniform in color, albeit with a few “hairs” as a result of all of the brushing during the cleaning process. To finish them up, I brushed them a bit more with the Horn-Backed Suede Cleaning Brush to raise the nap and then…broke out my lighter to remove the “hairs” standing up from the suede. To remove those, I just set the flame close to the hairs but not touching the suede — the heat from the flame burned just the “hair” off quickly without damaging the suede itself.

After another quick brushing with Horn-Backed Suede Cleaning Brush, I took the loafers outside to apply the Tarrago Nano Protector Water Proofing Spray. I sprayed each shoe liberally to the point that they darkened uniformly without looking “wet” and then I let them dry for an hour — again, outside (think about what this spray does — you don’t want to breathe it).

Once dry, I lightly applied some Saphir Renovateur to the crocodile tassels to clean off any Tarrago Nano Protector Water Proofing Spray on them.

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Cleaning the Croctopi

After lightly buffing the Saphir Renovateur off, the loafers are all set for wear.

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So Fresh and So Clean, Clean

 

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Shoe Shine Sunday: Gaziano & Girling loafers (Part 1)

Today I’m cleaning a pair of Gaziano & Girling loafers in fox suede — 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 loafers are well worn and in need of a deep cleaning, having never been cleaned since delivery:
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The “damage”

Today’s set up includes:
-Saphir Pate de Luxe polish in dark brown
-Saphir Omni’Nettoyant suede cleaner
-Saphir spatula brush
-Saphir Renovateur
-Saint Crispin’s edging tool
-Leather Shoeshine Carpet

Contrary to popular assumption, suede can get wet — in order to clean it, that is. I didn’t have any shiny areas on the shoes or other serious marks that would otherwise have required me to use a Saphir Gommadin suede eraser before cleaning, so to begin I created a 50/50 mixture of water and Saphir Omni’Nettoyant suede cleaner in a small bowl. I soaked the spatula brush in the mixture and began lightly scrubbing the shoes (with trees removed) in large circles, making sure that the cleaning mixture lathered up and saturated each shoe. Try as best you can throughout this process to keep the sole, sole edges and heels dry.

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Lather up

It’s important to not allow the cleaning mixture to dry on the shoes. So, once each shoe was thoroughly scrubbed with the cleaning mixture, I rinsed the spatula brush and then used a bowl of clean water to continue lightly scrubbing each shoe. I took care to continually rinse the spatula brush and lightly scrub each shoe until no lather was created upon scrubbing, i.e., the cleaning mixture was completely cleansed from each shoe.

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Lather down

Once the cleaning mixture was removed from each shoe, I stuffed each shoe with some newspaper and cleaned the dry heels and sole edges with a bit of Saphir Renovateur (if yours are soaked after the process above, hold off on treating the heels and sole edges until dry). After allowing the Saphir Renovateur to dry and buffing the heels/sole edges with a rag, I carefully applied Saphir Pate de Luxe polish in dark brown to the heels and sole edges.

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Edge waxing

Before the wax completely dried, I used a Saint Cripin’s edging tool to smooth out and seal the sole edges.

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Wood n’ leather n’ suede

The shoes needed to completely dry before moving on to finish the job, so I stuffed some more newspaper into the shoes and headed off to brunch. I left the shoes to dry overnight — next week’s Shoe Shine Sunday will feature the conclusion of this particular cleaning exercise.

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Halfway there… check back next week for part 2!

 

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Shoe Shine Sunday: Saint Crispin’s exotic loafers

Today I’m refreshing a very special pair of Saint Crispin’s exotic loafers — 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 loafers are brand new, but have been handled quite a bit and could use a bit of a refresh, including the sole edges.

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The “damage”

Today’s set up includes:
Edoya brush
Saphir Pate de Luxe polish in neutral
Glass Water Dispenser
Cut cotton pads
Saint Crispin’s edging tool
Leather Shoeshine Carpet

As always, I first brushed the shoes, this time with an Edoya brush, to remove any dirt and other surface adulterants.

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Brush, brush, brush

I began the actual polishing process by applying a very thin, light layer of neutral Saphir Pate de Luxe polish all over the shoes with a cut cotton pad. Given that these loafers are exotic, I did not “work” the wax into the shoes as usual with calf shoes, but instead I applied the light layer of wax and let it dry.

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Wax on

While the wax dried, I used another cut cotton pad and the 4-1 water/pure alcohol mixture that I keep in my Glass Water Dispenser to clean up and remove a bit of surface cracked finish on the sole edges.

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Smoothing out

Then, I applied and worked neutral Saphir Pate de Luxe polish into the sole edges. Before the wax completely dried, I used a Saint Cripin’s edging tool to smooth out and seal the sole edges.

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Wood n’ leather

Lastly, I briskly brushed the dried wax off of the shoes with my Edoya brush and used the softness of the brush to highly polish the toes.

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Tadaa

That’s it for today!

 

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Shoe Shine Sunday: Carmina tassel loafers

Today I’m refreshing my well-worn and much-loved pair of Carmina tassel loafers — join me by posting photographs here today of you shining/polishing your shoes (before and after shots, please).

One (1) randomly chosen participant in our thread today will receive three (3) Luxury Wooden Suit Hangers! In addition, we also want to interact with all of you on social media, so cross-post to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday) — some exciting things are coming (next week!) for those of you who do!

Without further ado, let’s get to it…

My rustic calf Carmina tassel loafers have taken a beating in the past few weeks, so some conditioning and brushing are in order.

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The “damage”

Today’s set up includes:
Saphir Leather Lotion
Large Polishing Brush
Saphir Pommadier Creme in dark brown
Saphir Pate de Luxe polish in dark green

As always, I first brushed the Carminas with a large horsehair shoe polishing brush to remove any dirt and other surface adulterants.

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Brush, brush, brush

I cleaned the welts and dealt with the sole edges earlier this week, so they are not in need of any cleaning with neutral Saphir Medaille d’Or Pate de Luxe Glaçage Polish.

Instead, I began applying a very thin, light layer of Saphir Leather Lotion all over the shoes with a rag. I worked the lotion into the shoes and gave an extra layer to the toes and heel counters.

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Moisturize it

After letting the Saphir Leather Lotion applications dry, I brushed the Carminas briskly with a Large Polishing Brush.

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More brushing

The last step was a very, very light application of Saphir Pommadier Creme in dark brown, followed by a brushing, followed by a very light application of Saphir Pate de Luxe polish in dark green on the toes and heel counters, again followed by a brushing.

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Voila

That’s it for today!

 

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Shoe Shine Sunday: Saint Crispin’s calfskin opera pumps

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.

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The “damage”

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.

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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:

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Wax on

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.

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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:

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Left gloss

That’s it for today – I’ll finish the other shoe later.

 

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Shoe Shine Sunday Guest: Mark Moura

Today we have a special guest polish by none other than Mr. Marc Moura, President of AVEL — also featuring his insanely cool shoe trunk.

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Give us all some insight into your polishing habits by posting photographs here today of you shining/polishing your shoes (before and after shots, please).

 

Without further ado, let’s check in with Marc and his shoe trunk of wonders…

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The AVEL Jack-in-the-Box

Marc elected to work on a pair of (decidedly French) black boots:

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Marc used a Saphir Cotton Chamois Cloth to apply tiny amount of Saphir Reno’Mat in order to remove and redistribute some of the wax remaining on the toes from a previous polish.

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Marc then used a Saphir Cotton Chamois Cloth to apply a small amount of Saphir Renovateur on the rest of the boots to clean, redistribute some polish and condition the leather a bit.

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After allowing the Saphir Renovateur to dry a bit, Marc briskly brushed the boots up with a small polishing brush.

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An application of black Saphir Pommadier Creme followed, applied using a Saphir Pommadier Brush, followed by another brushing with a small polishing brush.

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Marc followed the Saphir Pommadier Creme up by dressing the boot edges using Saphir Crème Rénovatrice (a/k/a Renovating Cream), applied by hand (it washes off of skin easily with water).

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Marc’s last step was an application of black Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish with a Saphir Cotton Chamois Cloth.

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Marc used a slightly different technique from some of us, in that he applied the wax with a dry Chamois and then lightly worked the dried wax after applying a dab of water.

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After a buff with a Lambswool Polishing Mitt…

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…Marc’s polish was finished.

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That’s it for today, as once again it’s time for brunch and a [few] cocktail[s].