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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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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Everything You Need to Know About Cordovan Leather Care

Cordovan could not be any more different than calfskin. First, cordovan leather is from a horse not a cow. Second, instead of the skin cordovan is actually a membrane. It’s the rear membrane or the flat membrane that you find under the rear quarters or hind quarters of the horse. Now what makes cordovan leather really special is that it has a very tight, fibrous structure that helps make this material so durable. Whenever it comes to caring for your cordovan shoes, you want to stay away from using traditional calfskin products that use solvents to penetrate that leather. If you use those traditional calfskin products with solvents, then it could penetrate the cordovan and can cause those fibers to expand and actually compromise the innate integrity of the cordovan leather.

To take care of cordovan leather properly you should be very familiar with at least these two products:

The Saphir Médaille d’Or Cordovan Cream Shoe Polish is an all-natural cream polish made with beeswax, carnauba with six other nutrient waxes, and twice the amount of pigment of ordinary polishes. It’s formulated especially for high-quality cordovan leathers and does not contain turpentine like many other polishes do.

The second product is an Abbey Horn Deer Polishing Bone, which is an essential tool to getting your Cordovan Dress Shoes looking as good as new by removing any creases in the shoe.

Next, follow these six steps to polishing your cordovan leather shoes:

Step 1: Brush shoes with a Horsehair Brush

The first step, depending on how dirty or soiled your cordovan leather shoes are, is to clean them. If they’re lightly soiled, use just a little bit of water and a Horse Hair Shoe Shine Brush to brush off any type of dirt or soiling that may be on the surface. If your cordovan shoes are more soiled than this, you can use the Saphir Leather Cleaning Soap to actually shampoo the leather.

Step 2: Apply Saphir Renovateur

Next apply a small amount of Saphir Renovateur on the shoe, which both cleans and conditions it, with a soft cloth over your index and middle fingers in small circular movements. The benefit of using a cloth, as opposed to just your finger when applying Renovateur, is that it will pick up any dirt or grime remaining on the surface of the leather.

Step 3: Smooth out Creases with Deer Polishing Bone

Next use the Deer Polishing Bone to smooth out the creases along the vamp of the shoe. This deer bone is naturally oiled and helps lubricate the leather without scratching it, but don’t press too hard against the shoe. Using moderate to firm pressure, in small circular motions, rub the bone against the creases of the shoe. When finished, store the bone in a Ziploc bag to keep the oils moist on the bone.

Step 4: Apply Saphir Cordovan Cream Polish

You’re going to apply the Cordovan Cream Polish the same way as you would apply any cream polish, and that’s with a cotton chamois.Wrap the cotton chamois tightly around your two fingers and then take a little bit of the cordovan polish on the cotton chamois. Apply it using circular motions and massage it into the cordovan leather. Since cordovan is such a dense leather it’s best to actually allow the cordovan at least 30 minutes to fully absorb and nourish the cordovan leather and for the waxes to dry. After you have allowed the polish to dry and fully absorb into the leather, buff it off using our Hanger Project Horsehair Shoeshine Brush.

Step 5: Apply Saphir Mirror Gloss Wax Polish

Next use our Hanger Project High-shine Cotton Chamois to apply the mirror gloss wax polish. Since this is a relatively dry polish, it’s necessary to use a little bit of water on the shoe when applying it. Begin massaging the mirror gloss on to the toe box of the shoe. Anytime you’re really building up the layers of hard waxes, you want to concentrate that only to the hard-countered areas of the shoe that don’t bend or flex.  After you’ve built up that foundation using the Saphir Mirror Gloss then you can come back on top of it with some water.

Step 6: Apply Wax Polish to Welt and Edge

Then take a welt brush and put a little bit of dark brown Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish on it. And then just go across the shoe and massage the wax polish into the welt. Now this is going to do two things. One, it’s going to clean the welt. And then two, it’s going to help nourish and condition the thread that is actually used with the Goodyear welt. With all wax polishes, you need to allow them a few moments to dry. So let the wax polish sit on the edge for a little bit and then take a slightly larger welt brush and work in that polish.

Check out our video tutorial for the full process:

Shoe Care Shoe Polishes

Saphir Shoe Polish Overview

Saphir Medaille d’Or is widely considered by shoe aficionados to be the best collection of shoe care products in the world. It is recommended and used by some of the most prestigious luxury brands, including Louis Vuitton, Burberry, John Lobb, Hermes, Berlutti, etc.

An exclusive premium line by French-manufacturer AVEL, Medaille d’Or is appropriate for those looking to take the best possible care of fine shoes and leather accessories. The line traces its origins back to the 1925 Paris International Fair, where the line won a gold medal. Its hallmark is an absolute commitment to using only the highest-quality ingredients available in the concentrated, time-honored formulations in its products. Most importantly, the Saphir cream polishes and Saphir wax polishes do not contain any of the harmful silicone or petrol products commonly found in ordinary shoe polishes.

Complimenting this collection of shoe polish is Saphir’s Beaute du Cuir line, which is more extensive and contains many complementary products not offered in the Medaille d’Or collection. However these products are not inferior to the Medaille d’Or collection; but because of their more technical formulations, they do not qualify to wear the Medaille d’Or label.

Products for Smooth Leather

Saphir Renovateur Medaille d’Or – 75 ml

Saphir Renovateur Medaille d’Or is easily Saphir’s best-selling product and the one most unique to the company. Based on a proprietary formulation of beeswax and mink oil, it is like liquid gold for fine leathers and is incredibly effective at providing deep nourishment to protect and restore leathers.

We recommend using it as the base of any polish or to provide a soft patina between more robust shines.

How to use:

  • Remove dust and dirt from shoes.
  • Apply a small amount of polish with a cotton chamois or dauber (less is more).
  • Massage the polish into the leather using circular motions.
  • Allow to dry and then buff using a horsehair brush.


If the leather is particularly dirty, first clean using Saphir Cleaning Soap. If using Saphir polishes for the first time, use Saphir Reno’Mat to remove any deposits of silicone, resin, or accumulated wax.

If the leather is scratched, faded, or scuffed, use Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish afterward to re-establish color saturation and provide a soft shine. For a high-gloss shine, use Saphir Pate de Luxe Medaille d’Or wax polish.

Saphir Renovateur

Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish – 75 ml

Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish Medaille d’Or is uniquely formulated to produce a soft matte patina (vs. a wax polish’s high-gloss patina) while providing deep nourishment and recoloring. Because Saphir’s Medaille d’Or Cream Polish contains a high concentration of pigments and nutrients, we recommend using cream polishes every time you polish your shoes. Then, if you want to make more of a statement with your shoes, you can use the wax polish on the toe box where a gloss finish shows up best.

This cream polish is especially effective at recoloring faded, scratched, or scuffed leather while providing deep nourishment of the leather to maintain overall leather health and prevent cracking.

The unique formulation of Saphir Medaille d’Or Cream Polish allows the use of a greater variety of waxes (more than seven), shea butter, all-natural pine-based turpentine, and high-quality pigments to make this cream polish the best and most effective you will ever use. It is guaranteed to produce an incomparable patina while protecting and maintaining the overall health of the leather.

How to use:

  • Remove dust and dirt from shoes.
  • Apply a small amount of polish with a cotton chamois or dauber (less is more).
  • Massage the polish into the leather using circular motions.
  • Allow to dry and then buff using a horsehair brush.


If your shoes are particularly dirty or full of wax, silicone, or resin deposits, it is important to first clean and unclogs the leather pores with the help of Saphir Reno’Mat. This is especially important before using Saphir Medaille d’Or for the first time, as silicone and resin deposits from ordinary polishes seal the leather pores and will prevent Saphir from penetrating the surface. Otherwise, first clean with Saphir Cleaning Soap.

Use Saphir Renovateur Medaille d’Or as a base coat to fully nourish and moisturize the leather.

Use Saphir Cream Polish when re-pigmenting is needed to repair fading, scratched, or scuffed leather. Colors can be mixed to produce special patinas. Follow-up with Saphir Pate de Luxe wax polish on the toe box for a high-gloss shine.

Saphir Pommadier Cream Shoe Polish

Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish

Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish provides a high-gloss shine most often associated with a mirror finish. The wax polish contains a higher concentration of waxes than cream polish.

It is formulated with beeswax (8.6%), which nourishes and softens the leather, vegetable waxes, which provide a long-lasting shine, and mineral waxes, which provide water resistance. The waxes are dissolved in an all-natural pine-based turpentine which penetrates deep into the leather to deliver these waxes and other nutrients. This wax is of such high quality that it even smells nice!

How to use:

  • Remove dust and dirt from shoes.
  • Apply a small amount of paste with a cotton chamois or dauber.
  • Massage the wax polish into the leather.
  • Allow to dry and then buff using a horsehair brush.


If your shoes are particularly dirty or full of wax, silicone, or resin deposits, it is important to first clean and unclogs the leather pores with the help of Saphir Reno’Mat. This is especially important before using Saphir Medaille d’Or for the first time, as silicone and resin deposits from ordinary polishes seal the leather pores. Otherwise, first clean with Saphir Cleaning Soap 200 ml and Saphir Renovateur Medaille d’Or.

Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish

Saphir Reno’Mat Cleaner

Saphir Reno’Mat is a powerful cleaner for stain-removing and in-depth cleaning of the pores of smooth leather and removing resin, silicone, and dirt deposits that otherwise would clog or seal leather and lead to cracking.

We especially recommend using Saphir Reno’Mat before transitioning to an all-Saphir routine in order to remove any build-up of silicone, resin, or waxes left by ordinary polishes. (Saphir shoe polishes do not contain any silicones or resins, which are harmful to leather). After fully removing prior finishes and silicone deposits, Saphir Shoe Polishes are able to deeply penetrate leather to deliver essential nutrients and nourishment. After using, it is important to apply several coats of polish in order to rebuild the protective wax finish.

How to use:

  • Apply using a cotton chamois, rubbing in circular motions.
  • Stop once the chamois is no longer taking any color or polish.
  • Remove any residual Renomat with a slightly damp clean chamois.


Saphir Reno’Mat is incredibly effective. Once prior polishes have been removed, it is important to rebuild the protective wax finish using first Saphir Renovateur (to restore nourishment) then several coats of Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish.

It is not appropriate to use Reno’Mat every time your polish your shoes. Instead, reserve it for extensive cleanings one to three times a year. For more mild cleaning, use Saphir Cleaning Soap 200 ml.

Reno’Mat can be used to remove dried polish from brushes and daubers.

Saphir Reno'Mat Cleaner

Saphir Leather Cleaning Soap

Saphir’s Cleaning Soap is used to clean finished leather prior to polishing. This non-alkaline, solvent-free formula is gentle on finished leathers yet effective at removing polish buildup and dirt, restoring the leather to its natural look and opening pores for polishing. Used before the application of polishes or Saphir Renovateur, it opens the pores of the leather thus facilitating the penetration of pigments and delivery of nutrients.

How to use:

  • Wet a large dauber and work up a lather in the Cleaning Soap tin.
  • Shampoo the shoe using the dauber in large, circular motions.
  • Wash the dauber and repeat as necessary.
  • When finished, wipe off any remaining Cleaning Soap using a damp cloth.
  • Allow the shoe to dry for five to ten minutes before applying any polish.


The Saphir Cleaning Regenerating Soap is a mild formulation and appropriate for use before normal polishing. For more aggressive cleaning, use Saphir Reno’Mat. It is appropriate for any fine leathers — from bespoke shoes to luggage and sofas.

The Saphir Cleaning Regenerating Soap contains nutrients that help prevent the leather from drying after use. However, it is always appropriate to follow its use with Saphir Renovateur Medaille d’Or (for shoes) or Saphir Leather Lotion Medaille d’Or (for larger leather goods).

For cleaning large leather goods, use a natural sponge instead of a dauber or brush.

Saphir Leather Cleaning Soap

Saphir Edge Dressing & Renovating Repair Cream

Saphir’s Edge Dressing & Renovating Repair Cream is a resin-based recoloring cream used to repair deep scuff marks, scratches, and cigarette burns on smooth leather. It contains only resin and concentrated pigment and is very easy to control. Because of the resin base, it is very effective when used as edge dressing because it cannot be spilled (like traditional liquid dyes), is easily applied with one’s finger, and will not bleed onto or stain clothing.

As a Renovating Repair Cream, it can be used to repair deep scuff marks and damage to leather that traditional polishes would otherwise be unable to cover.

How to use:

  • Clean the area where you intend to apply.
  • Apply using your finger to small areas at a time.
  • Allow to dry for three to five minutes.


Colors can be mixed to achieve any desired shade. Can be removed with Saphir Reno’Mat. Not a substitute for Saphir Cream Polish. Intended for use over small areas. Dilute with Saphir Renovateur if applied on an area larger than an eraser head.

Saphir Edge Dressing & Renovating Repair Cream
Products for Special Leathers

Saphir Cordovan Cream Polish Medaille d’Or – 75 ml

Saphir Creme Cordovan Medaille d’Or Cream Polish is specifically formulated to maintain and protect the tight pore structure unique to cordovan leathers. Instead of a turpentine-based solvent, which can expand the pores of the leather, it uses Neatsfoot Oil to penetrate the leather and deliver nutrients while containing more than seven varieties of wax.

The colors can be mixed to produce a wide variety of finishes.

How to use:

  • Remove dust and dirt from shoes.
  • Apply a small amount of polish with a cotton chamois or dauber (less is more).
  • Massage the polish into the leather using circular motions.
  • Allow to dry and then buff using a horsehair brush.


If your shoes are particularly dirty or full of wax, silicone, or resin deposits, it is important to first clean and unclog the leather pores with the help of Saphir Reno’Mat. This is especially important before using Saphir Medaille d’Or for the first time, as silicone and resin deposits from ordinary polishes seal the leather pores and will prevent Saphir from penetrating the surface. Otherwise, first clean with Saphir Cleaning Soap to remove any dirt.

Use Saphir Renovateur Medaille d’Or as a base coat to fully nourish and moisturize the leather then follow-up with Saphir Creme Cordovan polish. Colors can be mixed to achieve the desired patina.

Saphir Reptan Reptile Beauty Milk

Saphir Reptan Special Reptile Beauty Milk is specially formulated to provide essential nourishment and protection for exotic skins, including lizard, crocodile, and snake. Normal creams and polishes are not appropriate for these fine skins.

How to use:

  • Remove dust and dirt from shoes using a horsehair brush. The scales of these leathers easily accumulate dust; therefore it is essential to take it off before nourishing the leather.
  • If the leather is very dirty, in particular around the joints of the scales, use the Saphir Cleaning Soap. Its solvent-free formulation will not damage the leather.
  • Generously massage the Saphir Reptan Polish into the leather with a chamois using circular motions.
  • If you are going to store the shoes, leave the Reptan on the leather and then later buff off before wearing. If you are going to wear the shoes immediately, buff off using a horsehair brush.


Saphir Reptan Beauty Milk can be used on all exotic skins and is appropriate for both exotic shoes and leather accessories. Because exotic skins accumulate dust easily, first brush with a horsehair brush or clean using the Saphir Cleaning Soap.

If you are going to store your exotic shoes for extended periords, leave a light coat of Reptan on the leather and store in a box in a cool, dark place. This will help protect the skin against drying during storage. When you are ready to wear the shoes again, buff off using a horsehair brush.

Saphir Reptan Beauty Milk for Exotic Leathers

Saphir Vernis Rife Patent Leather Cleaner

Saphir Vernis Rife is specially formulated to shine patent leather shoes and accessories. Available in neutral and black, it helps repair surface scuff marks, removes fingerprints, and restores a high-gloss shine particular to patent leather.

How to use:

  • Remove dust and dirt from shoes with a cottom chamois
  • Apply a small amount of polish on the cotton chamois and massage into the patent leather using small, circular motions
  • Allow the Vernis Rife to dry for about five minutes
  • Once dry, buff off using a cotton chamois to reveal a high-gloss shine


Vernis Rife Patent Leather Cleaner can be used on both shoes and leather accessories. Allow the polish to completely dry before buffing off.

Saphir Vernis Rife Patent Leather Cleaner

Products for Suede and Nubuck

Saphir Omni’Nettoyant Suede Shampoo

Saphir Omni’Nettoyant is a solvent-based cleaner for suede, nubuck, and textiles. This suede shampoo is very effective at removing embedded dirt and restoring the finish of suede, nubuck, and textile shoes. It can also be used effectively with larger suede accessories.

How to use:

  • Remove any surface dirt from the suede with a suede brush
  • Use the Gommadin Suede Eraser to remove any difficult, embedded stains
  • Dillute the Omni’Nettoyant in a small bowl using a 50/50 water/Omni ratio
  • Use included brush or a Large Dauber to shampoo the shoe
  • Rinse suede shoe under the faucet and scrub with the dauber to remove any remaining Omni’Nettoyant
  • Repeat as required
  • Dry the shoes with a towel and leave to dry
  • After the suede shoe has dried, re-fluff the suede pile with a suede brush


The solvents in the Omni’Nettoyant are very effective at renewing the finish of suede in addition to cleaning. The Omni can be used to clean textile shoes, such as cashmere, wool, or linen slippers.

If the color has faded, use Saphir Renovateur Suede & Nubuck Spray to renew the color and luster of the finish. Use Saphir Super Invulner Waterproofing Spray for waterproofing and protection.

Saphir Omni'Nettoyant Suede Shampoo

Saphir Gommadin Suede Eraser

The Saphir Gommadin Suede Eraser removes stains, water marks and compacted soiling from suede and nubuck to restore your shoes’ original finish and texture. The coarse texture of the Gommadin Eraser abrades stains and shine marks from the shoes while allowing it to crumble during use. The Gommadin Suede Eraser will not change the color of your shoes.

How to use:

  • Remove any surface dirt from the suede with a suede brush
  • Rub the Gommadin Suede Eraser into any spots that need treatment
  • When you are done, remove remaining eraser dust with a suede brush


The Gommadin Suede Eraser is meant for spot treatment whereas a Suede Brush is used for daily maintenance. If the Gommadin is unable to fully remove the stain, use Saphir Omni’Nettoyant Suede Shampoo to fully clean.

Saphir Gommadin Suede Eraser

Saphir Super Invulner Medaille d’Or

Saphir’s Super Invulner Spray is used for protecting, waterproofing, and providing an anti-stain treatment for all leathers, suede, nubuck and textile items. Unlike other waterproofing products, Super Invulner does not contain silicone. It’s like “Scotchguard” but uses a non-silicone formula safe for luxury leathers and textiles.

How to use:

  • Clean the surface of dirt with a suede brush or, if applying to smooth leather, a horsehair brush
  • Shake before use
  • Spray the surface of the shoe with a small amount from a distance of 12 inches
  • Allow to dry and, if used on suede, brush with a suede brush


The Super Invulner can be used to waterproof any material, including suede, smooth leather, and textiles. When water no longer beads, reapply.

Saphir Super Invulner Medaille d'Or

Saphir Renovateur Suede & Nubuck Spray

Saphir’s MDO Renovateur Suede Spray cleans, recolors, and waterproofs suede and nubuck. It contains almond oil to enhance the silky appearance of suede, while protecting it against water stains. This product does not contain any silicone and is completely safe for the most expensive suede and nubuck shoes.

How to use:

  • Shake before use.
  • Remove any surface dirt from the suede with a suede brush.
  • Spray the surface of the shoe with a small amount from a distance of 12 inches.
  • Allow to dry and brush with a suede brush.


Saphir Renovateur Suede Spray is excellent at restoring the color saturation and luster of suede shoes. Do not use indoors. Although it does provide waterpoofing protection, we recommend using the Saphir Super Invulner afterward for enhanced waterproofing protection.

Saphir Renovateur Suede & Nubuck Spray Medaille d'Or

Leather Goods

Saphir Leather Lotion Medaille d’Or

Saphir’s Leather Lotion is a beeswax-based cream polish enriched with ultra-nourishing mink oil. Essentially a lighter version of Renovateur, it cleans, nourishes, protects and yields a matte shine for all leather goods, including smooth leather, alligator, and crocodile. It is excellent for larger leather goods, furniture, car interiors, etc. Used by conservators at the French National Library in Paris to nourish leather book covers.

How to use:

  • Shake before use.
  • Remove any surface dirt with a horsehair brush.
  • Apply a small amount of lotion with a cotton chamois, massaging the lotion into the leather.
  • Allow to dry for a few minutes.
  • No buffing is required unless a higher-gloss sheen is desired.


Appropriate for all leather goods. Nourishes and protects, which prevents leather from drying and cracking. If the leather is particularly dirty, first clean using the Saphir Cleaning Soap.

Saphir Leather Lotion Medaille d'Or

Saphir Juvacuir Recoloring Cream

Saphir’s Juvacuir Recoloring Cream is an all-purpose repigmenting cream for use recoloring smooth leather in the same color. It can be used to recolor all smooth leathers (jackets, briefcases, wallets, shoes, furniture, luggage, saddlery) and will not rub off or water down. Uses Neats Footoil, instead of beeswax, to nourish the leather, which will not leave a white residue on clothing.

How to use:

  • Shake before use.
  • Remove any surface dirt with a horsehair brush.
  • Apply a small amount of Juvacuir with a cotton chamois, massaging the lotion into the leather.
  • Allow to dry for a few minutes.
  • Buff with a cotton chamois or horsehair brush or dauber.


The Juvacuir is not intended for everyday care — only for occasional recoloring. Multiple colors can be mixed together to obtain any shade. Can be removed by using Saphir Reno’Mat Cleaner. Use Saphir Leather Lotion afterward to nourish leather.

Saphir Juvacuir Recoloring Cream

Saphir Canadian Polish

Saphir’s Canadian is a restorative cream containing beeswax. It is formulated to clean, recolor, soften, nourish and waterproof leather goods without rubbing off onto clothing. It is intended for smooth leather articles, such as briefcases, luggage, leather jackets, and wallets. It is highly-concentrated and meant to be used sparingly. It is richer in waxes than the Renovateur, making it appropriate for thicker and more discolored leather.

How to use:

  • Remove any surface dirt with a horsehair brush.
  • Apply a small amount of Canadian with a cotton chamois, massaging the lotion into the leather.
  • Buff immediately after application with a cotton chamois or horsehair brush.
Saphir Canadian Polish
Shoe Care Shoe Polishes

The Best Shoe Polish Brand For True Shoe Aficionados

Choosing the best shoe polish for your fine leather shoes can be a headache – but it doesn’t have to be. In our latest video, our founder Kirby Allison demonstrates the difference between Saphir products vs. other shoe polishes and discusses the importance of color matching. In the video guide below, you’ll learn why true shoe loving gentlemen opt for Saphir Medaille d’Or as opposed to Lincoln, Kiwi, or Meltonin shoe polish. Alternatively, continue reading for a brief overview of each product.

Is Saphir Medaille d’Or the Best Shoe Polish Vs. Other Shoe Polish Brands?

best shoe polish - saphir

What differentiates Saphir Medaille d’Or from Lincoln, Kiwi, and Meltonian shoe care is all in the formula. Saphir continues to use the same ingredients and formula that won them the ‘Gold Medal’ in Paris, France in 1925. The medal recognized Saphir Medaille d’Or for the quality of its leather care products and Saphir continues its legacy using only the best ingredients in its polishes. Saphir Medaille d’Or is different because it has suffered none of the technical progressions of modern shoe polish. It does not use any silicones or petroleum by-products as done by its fellow competitors. Saphir uses only the finest natural ingredients that creates a fantastic shine while also deeply nourishing your fine dress shoes.

What’s in a Saphir Medaille D’Or shoe polish?

  • Animal, vegetable, and mineral waxes that provide necessary nutrition to the leather keeping it soft and supple.
  • All natural pine based turpentine that will not damage the leather as opposed to other brands such as Kiwi, Lincoln, and Meltonian who may use petroleum based turpentine.

Meltonian Shoe Polish

Meltonian cream polish

If you’re polishing your fine dress shoes with Meltonian shoe polish, you’re simply rubbing the product on the surface of the leather. The polish is not penetrating the surface of your leather shoes, which means the leather is not receiving any nutrition and can potentially start cracking.

Lincoln Shoe Polish

Lincoln Shoe Polish


Lincoln is certainly one of the best American-made polish, certainly an improvement over Meltonian shoe polish. It does penetrate the leather, and provides a nice shine. However, it isn’t available in a variety of colors, which can be limiting. Furthermore, Lincoln uses a petroleum based turpentine, which not only produces a noticeable odor in the polish, but may also damage leather. Saphir offers 13 different colors of waxes and polishes, all made from natural products, so you know there will be one right for you.

Kiwi Shoe Polish

Kiwi shoe polish


Like Meltonian, Kiwi shoe polish does not penetrate the leather as effectively as Saphir Medaille D’Or’s neutral wax polish.


Watch the full video review on YouTube

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Shoe Polishes

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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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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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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Choosing Polish Color

Choosing a shoe polish color can be difficult in the world of fine shoes. Whereas ordinary shoes are available in “brown” and “black,” most fine shoe makers, including even the likes of Allen Edmonds, are creating new finishes every year. And even the same model in the same finish can differ between leather dye lots.

Here at The Hanger Project, we are committed to helping you choose the perfect shoe polish color for your favorite shoes. Saphir Shoe Polish is available in up to 16 different colors – far more than are available from most other manufacturers. Our Saphir Cream Polish has six different browns alone plus burgundy, mahogany, cognac, black, blue, green, and grey. And even with 16 different colors, there is rarely a “perfect match.”


When it comes to choosing the perfect shoe polish, we give customers the following advice:

There is no perfect match. Rarely is there a polish that will be exactly the color of your shoes – and that is okay. Polishing your favorite shoes should be fun, not stressful, and part of the magic of buying fine shoes is seeing the finish evolve over the years. Shoe polish isn’t recoloring the shoe but providing an accent on top of the shoes original color. Additionally, all shoes naturally darken over time as the leather absorbs more and more nutrients. If you want to try to retain the original finish as much as possible without darkening, use a neutral or slightly-lighter polish color.



You can always mix. Our cream polishes can be mixed just like paint can to create any pigment color. Have fun, experiment. If you are ever unhappy, you can always remove the polish using Saphir Reno’Mat and start over.

Polishing Isn’t Permenant. If you are ever unhappy with any of the results of your polish, you can always use Saphir Reno’Mat to remove the polish and start over. Shoe polish is not permanent, so you shouldn’t ever have to worry about “permanently” runining a pair of shoes.

Order samples. If you are still not sure of the appropriate shoe polish color, order one of our Saphir Shoe Polish samples for $3.00.

Experiment. You can always use a complimentary color of shoe polish to further evolve the patina of a pair of shoes. Some aficionados like to use navy blue or green polish on a black pair of shoes. Some antique a brown pair of shoes with some dark brown or burgundy shoe polish. Individualize your shoes by creating your own custom patina. Again, as opposed to using leather dyes, shoe polish is not permanent and can always be removed.

And, of course, if you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to call The Hanger Project for expert help!

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Cordovan Shoe Polish Color Swatches

One of the hardest parts of choosing the right polish to buy is the choice of color. So to make this process a little more transparent we have tried to display how a polish will look when added to the natural color of your shoes. Here is what our line of Cordovan Shoe Polishes looks like when spread on a white sheet of paper.

Cordovan Shoe Polish – Dark Brown
This polish is a very strong, dark brown with hints of motor oil. Almost a black brown, this polish has a very strong, deep pigment.

Cordovan Shoe Polish – Cordovan
The cordovan pigment color is a rich, hardy maroon with subtle notes of Merlot wine.

Cordovan Shoe Polish – Fawn
The fawn color has a mild tan to light brown finish with warm notes of toffee and caramel.

Cordovan Shoe Polish – Black
This polish is a standard, deep black with very strong pigment saturation.