Hi, I'm Kirby Allison, and here at The Hanger Project we love to help the well-dressed take care of their wardrobes. In today's video, I'm going to be talking about how condition leather shoes using the Saphir Medaille d'Or products. If you have any questions or comments during this video please ask them in the comments section below. I always get back to those comments personally.
Now, Saphir Medaille d'Or has 3 different conditioners and each is uniquely different for a specific application. A really good leather conditioner is an important staple of any shoe shine routine because leather, being a natural product, is going to dry out over time. A good leather conditioner is going to restore the natural oils in your leather dress shoe so that the leather remains soft, supple, flexible, and so that you don't have to worry about any cracking that could occur as leather dries out. Now there's different conditioners for different purposes and for different types of leather. And so that's where having three different types of conditioners with the Saphir Medaille d'Or comes into play.
Without question. The most popular leather conditioner we sell here at The Hanger Project is the Saphir Renovateur Medaille d'Or. This is widely considered by shoe aficionados to be one of the best leather conditioners in the world. And it's what we call here at The Hanger Project, liquid gold. The reason the Saphir Renovateur is such a popular product is because one, it is an incredibly effective conditioner. But secondly it is just a very versatile product because it's a water based formulation it can be used on calfskin, cordovan, on crocodile, on Alligator, on ostrich, it can be used on almost any type of smooth leather. The water based formulation ensures that it's going to be a gentle conditioner and that it's not going to affect any type of finishes that might be unstable. The source for mink oil that Saphir uses in all of its mink oil formulation is obtained by a humane organization that is regulated by the European authorities and it's being done in the most humane way possible.
The next one I want to talk about and certainly one of the newest conditioners from Saphir is the 100 percent mink oil. This uses a highly refined mink oil and is really meant just for a deep irregular conditioning. This product is incredibly nourishing and rich and it's something that you'd use once or twice a year really to rejuvenate leather that is dry. Now what's unique about this mink oil formulation is that it uses a highly refined mink oil so it's not going to leave a very greasy residue behind on the leather that could prevent the shoe from absorbing any type of polish afterwards and that's a common problem you find with less expensive mink oils.
Now the Saphir mink oil is something that I would traditionally use just on calfskin and then finally we have the Saphir Nappa Leather Balm. The Nappa Leather Balm as a solvent free water-based conditioner that uses cosmetic quality vegetable oils, such as jojoba oil and wheat proteins that is really meant for those finely delicate Leathers like box calf, veal, goat, or even the types of leather that are more commonly used in women's handbags. What's nice about the Nappa Leather Balm is one, you don't have to worry about it changing the color of the leather at all and it doesn't contain any waxes so it's not going to change the texture of the leather whereas with using the mink oil you're going to see a little bit of a shine leftover. And using the Saphir Renovateur, you're going to have a shine because of the waxes. The Nappa Leather Balm really leaves a nice soft natural leather finish after you use it.
Next I'm going to apply these three Saphir products to Grenson Hand Grades so that you can actually see how they affect the leather. These Grenson Hand Grades are really a shoe that I'll never get rid of because it was one of my first nice pairs of shoes I invested in in college, and you can see even after what is almost 15 years they still look fantastic because I've taken such good care of them. So this is the pair that I wanted to use today because of all of my shoes, it probably has the leather that needs conditioning the most. So first time to apply the Saphir Renovateur.
Now, the Saphir Renovateur is a product that you could polish with regularly. Now the Saphir Renovateur doesn't contain any pigments in it. If you have any types of scuffing or discoloration or you are going to want to use an actual pigmented polish so that you can recolor. But if all you're looking is for a quick shine and a little bit of conditioning the Saphir Renovateur is a fantastic product. You can really see it beginning to work here because the leather is darkening. Now what that's telling you is that the nutrients in the Saphir Renovateur is actually being absorbed by the leather and causing the leather to darken. The darkening is only temporary. In the same way that if you were to wet a piece of paper, it darkens and then once the paper dries it returns to its normal color. Leather really responds the same way. It will always darken if your conditioning it. But then as soon as the leather dries and you buff the polish it should return back to its normal color. I'm only going to apply the Saphir Renovateur to the first half of the shoe because I'd like to use the Nappa Leather Balm on the back half to just contrast the way that those two conditioners work.
So I'm going to set this aside and I will let that polish dry and then I'm going to use the Saphir Mink Oil with the right shoe. Now what's special about the Mink Oil Medaille d'Or, again, is it's using that highly refined mink oil and has been formulated in such a way that it minimizes the greasy kind of oily residue that any mink oil is going to leave behind on the shoe. As you can see from my chamois it's really a thick product it's very rich. This is actually more closely compared to like the Saphir Dubbin which is again you know a product that you would use less regularly just to provide that really deep rich nourishment. So I'm going to apply this onto the shoe. And again, it goes on very thick and you can see the oily texture. You know, the shoe leather is shining itself. If you were using this as part of a deep conditioning routine that then I would actually recommend leaving the mink oil on the shoe even overnight just to give the leather as much time as possible to absorb the oils into the leather. It will leave us slightly greasy residue on the leather behind which could make polishing the shoe using, let's say the Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish a little difficult.