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Shoe Shine Sunday: Gaziano & Girling Hoves

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Shoe Shine Sunday: Saint Crispin’s Old Baileys

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

Without further ado, let’s get to it…

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

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The “damage”

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

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

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

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And…another brushing with the Leather Backed Polishing Brush…

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

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

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And…Voila!

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

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Shoe Shine Sunday: Saint Crispin’s 401

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

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Without further ado, let’s get to it…

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

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The “damage”

Today’s set up includes:

Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish in dark brown

Horsehair Polishing Brush

Deluxe Goat Hair Finishing Brush

Saphir Leather Lotion

Saphir Chamois

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

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

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

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

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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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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!