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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Allen Edmonds Shoe Care – Polishing New Shoes

In this Allen Edmonds shoe care tutorial, we will provide steps and tips for polishing new leather dress shoes. Like many ready-to-wear dress shoes, Allen Edmonds come from the factory devoid of any polish. Beyond that, the leather may have naturally dried up while sitting on the store shelf. This is not to say that Allen Edmonds does not take care of the shoes they sell, but with the proper products, you can do better. So, with that in mind, we are going to make sure your new Allen Edmonds are looking their very best from the get-go. For this new Allen Edmonds shoe care routine, we will use:

Firstly, you will need to match the color of your new Allen Edmonds with Saphir’s shoe polish. Luckily for you, we’ve created plenty of Allen Edmonds shoe care content, including this handy Allen Edmonds Shoe Polish Guide. Once you’ve matched the shoes with the color(s) of your choosing, remove the shoelaces from the shoe. Now that those are out of the way and you have selected your polish color, you may begin.

Step 1: Apply Saphir Renovateur

Allen Edmonds Shoe Care - Renovateur

If there is one product anyone with a shoeshine kit should own, it’s the Saphir Renovateur. The Renovateur is a highly versatile leather conditioner. It not only moisturizes dried up leather, bringing back its flexibility, but also provides a light shine to the shoes with its small concentration of waxes. As we mentioned earlier, new shoes purchased from Allen Edmonds may have naturally dried up some on the shelf. The Renovateur will not only counter this, but will also help prevent future damage related to dryness such as cracking.

When applying the Renovateur, you may use your cotton chamois, or simply rub it into the leather with your finger tips. Unlike the wax polishes we’ll use later, applying this product to the entire upper portion of the shoe is perfect fine. Once you have applied your coat of Renovateur, allow the leather between 30 minutes and 1 hour for it to absorb the product. The leather’s pores naturally absorb as much of the product as they can, so don’t worry about using too much. After the shoes are done absorbing the Renovateur, the leather will be noticeably softer, more supple, and more flexible. You may now use either a clean portion of your chamois or a horsehair brush to remove any excess from the leather. Once the excess is removed, you will be left with a light shine on the shoes. You are now ready to start applying polish.

Step 2: Apply Saphir Cream Polish

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After conditioning the leather, you may now use a cream polish. The Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish is one of the best cream polishes you can find on the market. It contains a strong concentration of pigments, which will further accent the color of your shoes. It is possible to mix different colors of cream polish to achieve the perfect match, but more often than not, simply selecting one based on our guide will serve you well.

Before you begin, apply a tiny amount of polish on a less visible part of the shoe to test the color match. If you are satisfied with the color, apply a light amount around the shoe and rub it in using your chamois. Much like we did with the Renovateur, allow the Cream Polish time to dry. Once both shoes are dry, buff the excess polish off using a horsehair brush.

Step 3: Apply Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish

Allen Edmonds Shoe Care - Wax Polish

While the Saphir Cream Polish will apply a gentle shine throughout the entire shoe, it won’t be particularly strong. If you would like a stronger shine, the harder waxes found in the Pate de Luxe Wax Polish will be right for you. Try the shoes on first and note the areas of the shoes that fold and move with your foot. Avoid these areas when applying hard wax polishes to prevent cracking. With that in mind, use your high shine chamois to apply the wax polish to the shoes’ toe caps and heels. Allow the waxes time to dry and become cloudy. Buff these waxes using a clean portion of your chamois and a light amount of water as needed. This will help your chamois glide over the waxes with ease. For faster results, apply one coat and then move on to the Mirror Gloss.

Step 4: Apply Saphir Mirror Gloss

Allen Edmonds Shoe Care - Mirror Gloss

The Saphir Mirror Gloss serves as a shortcut to achieving a mirror shine. While it is possible to achieve one solely using the Pate de Luxe, the task becomes quite time-consuming. Pair the Pate de Luxe with the Mirror Gloss for quicker great-looking results. The Mirror Gloss will quickly build up a layer of waxes while the Pate de Luxe will lightly smooth them out. Apply one, wait for it to dry, then apply the other. Alternate between the two a few times, lightly dipping your chamois in water when you start to feel more resistance. The more you buff the waxes, the clearer they will become. This process is almost hypnotic for some, and they will spend long amounts of time chasing the perfect shine. However, you may stop whenever you are happy with your results.

All Done!

Allen Edmonds Shoe Care - Completed Polish

Your Allen Edmonds are now nurtured, shining, and even more beautiful than when you got them. The hard work and dedication you put into them has made them pristine, and will set you apart from those who don’t take the time to properly care for shoes. If you would like to learn more about shining a new pair of Allen Edmonds, check out the video below or visit our YouTube channel. On our channel , you will find a more shoe shining and Allen Edmonds shoe care videos, as well as a variety of content tailored for the well-dressed.

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How to Shine Patent Leather Shoes

Every gentleman who is preparing for a black tie event should know how to shine patent leather shoes. Patent leather shoes are elegant, formal, and durable. The glossy surface found on the leather makes the shoe ideal to wear in formal black tie events. The coated surface also affects the process for caring for the shoes; Due to the nature of the patent leather’s glossy surface, there is not much you can do to care for these shoes beyond cleaning them. Follow these 5 simple steps to learn how to shine patent leather shoes:

1. Clean the Shoes

Step 1: Clean The Shoes

Use a cotton chamois to wipe the shoe. This will remove any dirt from the surface and prepare the shoes for the next step.

2. Apply Saphir Vernis Patent Leather Cleaner

Step 2: Apply Saphir Vernis Patent Leather Cleaner

Apply Saphir Vernis Patent Leather Cleaner to the shoe. The Saphir Patent Leather Cleaner comes in two colors: black and neutral. Since these shoes are black, we will go with that color. The patent leather cleaner may cause staining, so make sure you are working on a protected surface. Mix the solution by shaking the bottle and apply a generous amount to the chamois. Then use the chamois to rub the cleaner onto the outside surface of the shoe. Don’t worry about using too much, since any excess amount of cleaner will be buffed off later. Unlike traditional leather polishes which are absorbed by the leather, this cleaner will only treat the surface. The glossy layer on the surface completely seals and protects the leather.

3. Allow the Shoes to Dry

Step 3: Allow the Shoes to Dry

Allow the shoes to dry for 3 to 5 minutes after applying the cleaner. You will know the cleaner is dry when it has gone from clear to foggy.

4. Buff Off the Patent Leather Cleaner

Step 4: Buff Off the Patent Leather Cleaner

After allowing the cleaner to dry, select a clean portion of the same chamois you used to apply the leather cleaner and use it to buff the cleaner off the shoes. As you are rubbing your shoes, you will see the shine begin to develop. After this step is completed you will be able to located any areas with spotting or that need further work.

5. (Optional) Remove Spotting

Step 5: (Optional) Remove Spotting

Gently use your chamois and a small amount of rubbing alcohol to work on any spots that still need cleaning. While doing this, be sure to use gentle strokes to avoid damaging the glossy layer. Keep in mind that this will remove the cleaner from that spot as well, so be sure to reapply the cleaner afterward.

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Getting Started with Saphir

You know what they say, if the shoe fits… but what about the shoe care? Just as important as that tony pair of brogues or wing tips is the care you invest in them after they leave the shoebox. Brave combatants against all the elements—from rain to snow, dirt to debris—shoes need regular TLC to stay in tip-top fighting condition.

We frequently receive questions from new customers regarding the basics behind shoe care. But where to start? Enter Saphir Shoe Polish, the premier resource for shoe care. From basic to intermediate and advanced methods for shoe maintenance, Saphir has the product line to suit your needs; a line that easily adapts to your current shoe care “comfort level,” as well as the time you’re willing to commit to achieve maximum polish and shine. Novices, have no fear: Even the most simple and basic care with Saphir’s Medaille d’Or products will make a dramatic difference in the look of your shoes and their lasting quality.

That said, a finely crafted pair of shoes should easily last a decade or more—if maintained properly. Although bargain-brand, store-bought polish may be marginally adequate for shoes that will be tossed away in a few years, fine shoes require more of an investment in the proper care products and routines. After all, you wouldn’t feed a Lamborghini anything but super-premium gasoline and you certainly wouldn’t drive a Rolls Royce through a commercial car wash.

Saphir has an extensive line of shoe care products—from items perfect for the beginner to others for the intense shoe aficionado. But the breadth of the line should not discourage its use.

 Saphir: The Gold Standard

Saphir Médaille d’Or (“Gold Metal”) is the highest-end collection of shoe care products available worldwide and is widely considered by shoe aficionados to be the best. Made in France, this exclusive line has its origins in formulations that earned Saphir the award of the GOLD MEDAL, PARIS 1925. Saphir is the brand of choice for the world’s most respected cobblers—from John Lobb and Louis Vuitton to Corthay, Edward Green, and the list goes on. The polishes are formulated using all-natural ingredients of the highest quality and they contain no silicones, resins or petroleum products, which are often found in less expensive products.

Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Shoe Care

Like many things, shoe care has various levels, from basic to intermediate and advanced, with each successive level requiring a wider range of products, time, knowledge and techniques. However, the care process can be easily tailored to match one’s comfort level and to fit one’s schedule.

It is important to note, though, that even the basic shoe care will make a tremendous and noticeable difference in how well your shoes look and wear each day. Do not let the complexities of the Intermediate and Advanced shoe care routines discourage you.

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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 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…
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.


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.

After Hakbuake

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.

After the initial wax applications

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.