Hi I'm Kirby Allison, founder of The Hanger Project. The purpose of this video is to show you how to take your uneven, unfinished edges & heels and refinish those to produce a nice, highly polished, and clean dressed edge & heel. In this tutorial which is probably our most comprehensive edge heel care video, we're going to be using the alcohol based liquid leather dye from Saphir Teinture Francaise to finish our edges. The general overview of this is that we're first going to smooth out our edges using a very fine sandpaper, then we're going to dye it using an alcohol-based liquid leather dye used as an edge dressing, and then finally we're going to finish them off with a little bit of neutral wax polish in order to provide that nice high shine that you expect from a new pair of dress shoes.
These are a pair of my Anthony Cleverley Baron de Rede buckskin tassel loafers, probably my favorite pair of casual shoes that I own- super easy to wear and incredibly elegant. One of the problems that you can see with the regular use of these shoes, is something that I call driver's heel. Basically, anyone that's driving in their vehicle a lot is going to wear the right heel of their shoe faster than the other shoe because of the driver’s pedal. As you can see, this is really uneven and it's just not a smooth edge anymore.
What we're going to do first is we're going to take a really fine sandpaper to sand that edge down, to smooth it out before we re-dye it using the Teinture Francaise alcohol based liquid leather dye. The first step here is I'm going to use a really high grit fine sandpaper that I bought at a local hardware store to basically sand down and re-smooth any unfinished elements of the edge. Now, whenever you do this, you're going to see the color strip away from whatever previously applied edge dressing, but don't worry about that because you're going to completely redo the edge using the liquid based edge dressing in the next video. Take a little bit of really fine sandpaper and then anywhere that you see an uneven, unsmooth surface, just take this and sand it. You may want to experiment with different types of grits. This is a really high grit, fifteen hundred sandpaper, but honestly I think it may be a little bit overkill-I could probably use an 800 grit. Using sandpaper to sand down your edges is completely optional and it's just based on a judgment call as to whether or not you're comfortable doing it, and whether or not you think your edges need it. So, if you have any really rough or uneven areas of your edge or your heel, that's where the sandpaper comes in and is very helpful. But if you feel across it 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.
Next we're going to re-color the edge using Saphir's Teinture Francaise alcohol based liquid leather dye. Now we're using this as an edge dressing but all edge dressings really are just leather dyes. I prefer using the liquid-based leather dye versus the cream based renovating repair cream, just because I find that it does a better job penetrating the edge, and it really just leaves that natural look of stacked heels, and a highly finished kind of bespoke edge than a cream based edge dressing. One thing to be careful of is that this is a permanent leather dye. I'm using a leather shoeshine carpet to protect my desk and you have to be very careful when applying this to your edges and not to actually make contact with the upper leather because if you do dye the leather there is nothing to do to remove that, so you have to be very careful and that's why I would certainly say that this is a little bit more of an advanced application.
I'm going to wet the little cotton applicator and then I'm going to try to remove as much of this excess dye from the applicator as possible. And again, the purpose is to just help me further control the amount of dye that I'm applying. Take the applicator and you're just going to brush it across the heel. You can see that alcohol based dye really soaks into the leather. Now be very careful, especially kind of along the waist of the shoe where the heel- where the edge is very tight or cut close to the actual upper, and then just rub this along the edge, and allow it to soak in. Now you can see you need a little bit of time for the alcohol to absorb into the leather. Again, because this is an alcohol based dye, the leather is really going to soak it in, so just allow a little bit of time to dry before you turn it over and then just continue to dye this heel. Again, being very careful around the actual upper, and then if you feel that you need more saturation, just do more applications.