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Advanced Edge & Heel Care

Learn how to take your unfinished edges and heels and refinish them to produce a highly polished dress edge and heel.

Products used in this video:

Saphir Teinture Francaise Dye
Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish
Medium Saphir Dauber
Small Saphir Welt Brush

STEP 1 [01:44]

Smooth Edges Using Fine Sandpaper

Anywhere you see an uneven surface, sand it down. We recommend using an 800 grit sandpaper for sanding down the edges of your shoe. This is an optional step because if you feel across the edge with your finger or you're just looking at it and you don't see any areas of unevenness that you think need to be sanded, you can completely skip this step.

STEP 2 [03:14]

Recolor edges with edge dressing

Next, you will recolor the edges of your shoes using the Saphir Teinture Française Leather Dye. The dye is permanent, so make sure you avoid contact with the suede and pay special attention to the edges. Remove as much excess dye from the applicator as possible, then take the applicator and brush it across the heel of your shoe. Allow the dye to dry for 3-5 minutes.

STEP 3 [06:42]

Apply Wax polish

A highly polished heel is much sharper than a dull one, so next come on top of the shoe with some of the Saphir Medaille d'Or Pommadier wax polish to wax the edge and the heel to provide a shine. Apply Saphir Pommadier neutral wax polish using a welt brush. The wax helps nourish and protect the welt stitching, in addition to shining the shoe. Apply on the edges of your shoe, try to get into the welt without getting any of the wax polish on the suede. Allow 5-10 minutes to dry.

STEP 4 [09:09]

Buff off waxes with a clean dauber

Using brisk, side-to-side motions, buff the edge and the heel of the shoe until you bring up the shine of the heels. The purpose here like the effect is really the same thing that you would see if you're actually polishing a wax polish on the uppers, is it you're simply going to bring that wax polish up to a higher shine.