You can really see the quality of the Sapir Medaille d'Or Pommadier cream polish come out here. So after just one coat of the cream polish, we're already developing a beautiful soft patina here. So with a casual shoe like these pebble grains, this is as much of a shine as I would want across the shoe. Now in the next step we're going to use a little bit of wax polish to elevate the shine on the toe box. but that is completely personal preference. So I'm done with this one, the left shoe. I'm going to set that aside and finish buffing off the polish from the right shoe.
Now that we've finished using the pigmented Saphir Pommadier cream polish the next step for these particular shoes is to then come on top of that and use a Saphir Medaiile d'or Pate De Luxe wax polish. Now this is an optional step but I think that these shoes would benefit from just a little bit of added shine here on the toe box and the back heel. Now you can see that the pebble grain texture is muted across the toe box just where they stretched the leather so you still can apply a wax polish and produce a higher shine without having to worry about any type of you know noticeable residual polish within the texture of the pebble grain. The other thing is you never want to apply too much wax polish across the vamp because again the hard waxes in a wax polish once they dry, will crack as that shoe bends. I'm going to begin by applying a liberal amount of polish with my cotton chamois. So I've got the wax polish on my chamois, and I'm just going to massage this into the leather using medium pressure and small circular motions.
Now the first few coats of wax polish is really meant to build up that foundation so you can apply a little bit more generously than you would towards the end. So for more detail on building up a proper mirror shine on the toe box of a pair of leather dress shoes, take a look at our mirror shine video that we have on our YouTube channel. I go into much greater detail, the technical process to do a proper mirror shine on a pair of shoes. But here though what I'm doing is I'm applying that wax polish with my cotton chamois, massaging it into the leather. And you really have to be patient during this process but patience really pays off with an absolutely beautiful shine if you build it this way. Now as you're buffing this to a shine again a little bit more water; you can take a small little dab of shoe polish and just continue to buff that toe box using light pressure and circular motions. Developing a mirror shine, especially on a pair pebble grain shoes can really take a while because you have to apply even more coats of polish before you begin seeing that high gloss. And so I've been spending I've probably spent 10 or 15 minutes on these already and I'm just now starting to get a really beautiful kind of gloss on these shoes. So this is where you can polish your heart's desire.
I'm happy because again this is a more casual pair of shoes with just a subtle high gloss shine on the toe box, just something that really signals that you spend extra time polishing these shoes, that they're well-polished, that you know what you're doing, you've developed a shine. And this is going to reflect some light, so if you walk into a room with these. they're absolutely going to look fantastic. So, even better to use cold or ice water when spraying your chamois because the colder water hardens the wax is better than room temperature. So that's a little bit of a protip if you're looking for extra help getting a faster high gloss shine. And it's just a lot of buffing. So you've got that polish on there and it's just honestly a lot of circular buffing with light pressure to produce that shine.
Which I think we have this next step is going to focus on one of the most overlooked part of the shoeshine process and one honestly that I think most differentiates a really well maintained pair of shoes from everything else and that is the heel and edge care. Now the heels and edges of a shoe are often the first to go, right. So as you're walking around or as you're driving your car the heels and the edges are the first to look absolutely terrible. And so you can have a beautifully polished pair of shoes, but if you haven't paid proper attention to heel and edge care, the shoes still don't look quite right. So in this step I'm going to show you how to produce an absolutely beautiful edge and heel. So I've got to have Havana Brown cream polish here that I've matched to the color of my edge. What I'm going to do is essentially apply this using my finger to recolor this leather. Right, so I'm just going to take that along the edge and recolor it.
Now you want to be careful on this step not to get any of this polish on the upper, especially if you're using a black, it can recolor the leather itself. Now the beauty of a cream polish versus a liquid edge dressing that's an alcohol based leather dye, is that if you do get any of this on the leather the Saphir Renomat can remove it very easily. But I'm massaging this into the leather using my finger. Less is more because again you don't want too much polish on this or any more than you'd need at a minimum because it can rub off. I've allowed the creme polish to dry for about 5 to 10 minutes and so next I'm going to take a pig bristle dauber to buff that polish. Now even though the cream polish doesn't have as much hard wax as the Saphir Medaille d'Or mirror gloss, I'm still going to want to buff this to remove any residual polish and prevent that from rubbing off on say your nice Persian rug at home and also to help elevate that shine as much as possible. So when I take my dauber and just buff this edge. And so you can see here at the heel is really you're going to where you're going to get the best shine and you're essentially shining these waxes the same way you would if you were trying to produce a mirror gloss on the toe box. Now the more layers the higher the shine and of course the harder the wax, the higher the shine also. But this first step as I explained is primarily for the pigment which is why we're using a cream polish.
And then after I'm done with this I'm going to apply a little bit of the wax polish to elevate the shine even more. So I buffed the cream polish off and so next I'm going to use the Sapir Mirror Gloss. Now you could use the standard Medaille d'Or Pate De Luxe, but I prefer to use the mirror gloss just because it has an even higher concentration of those hard waxes that produce that high shine. I'm going to apply this mirror gloss with my cotton chamois in the same way that I would with the toe box except I'm going to be even more liberal in its application. I absolutely love a well taken care of edge and heel. It really sets this shoe apart, so you can see the nice, beautiful high gloss shine. I'm going to end here with just one coat of the Saphir Medaile d'Or mirror gloss. But in all honesty there's no reason you couldn't come back with a second and third coat. The more hard waxes you add to the heels the higher shine you're going to be able to produce with your dauber. Last but not least we're going to replace the shoelaces in these Saint Crispin's with a pair of our Sovereign Grade flat waxed shoelaces. Now a flat shoe lace is going to be more casual than a round one. And so that's why I'm going to use a flat shoe lace versus a round one in these pebble grain shoes. Second is I'm going to use the straight across method to lace these verses the criss cross. Just because again it's a much cleaner and neater look.
It's honestly the only way I would lace a pair of shoes. Now we do have a video on our YouTube channel that goes into how they use this lacing method more specifically. So first I'm going to come up every single time you're going across. So I'm taking the left lace and across up through the right side. Again check inside that it's not twisting because any type of unnecessary twisting will just create a pressure point that can become uncomfortable and then take it back in again just making sure that you're pulling that flat across. Then alternate, do I'm using the right lace in and I'm going to take it up and across. Again, I like to check inside that there's just no unnecessary twisting. And then you're going to bring it across here to create that bar bell. Right. I'm going to alternate again every single time you alternate your going across and up. Alternating. Going up through that final eyelid and then same thing back through that eyelid. Now at the end you want to check your lace length. I'm going to insert the shoe trees back in these shoes. And so this is a great illustration of why I prefer to the crossed method of lacing the barbells is because if you're doing this straight up where you're jumping up, you're not able to pull or cinch the shoe tight very easily. So cinching it tight and then I'm going to tie them. Again using the Parisian knot. We have a video on the Web site also on how to do this but you're essentially wrapping the shoelace twice around your finger and then pulling it through. It just creates a beautiful symmetric knot.
And there we are. One of the frequently asked questions we receive here at The Hanger Project is how to clean your pebble grain shoes without resulting in any type of buildup in the texture of the pebble grain. And then we absolutely recommend using something like the Saphir leather cleaning soap with our Hanger Project large dauber to shampoo your shoes. And so you would do that by wetting the brush, creating a little bit of lather and then actually shampooing the shoes quite rigorously. And then what I like to do is to take a wet rag and just clean off any type of residual shampoo that's left on the shoes from shampooing it. So anytime you're using the leather cleaning soap, you just want to rinse the shoes as well as possible to prevent any residual detergents from remaining in the leather. Or as you can see these Saint Crisman's pebble grain shoes have been completely renewed. They look absolutely beautiful, nice even finish, a higher gloss shine on the toe box, new shoe laces. So these shoes are definitely ready to go out and impress.
Now just to summarize the steps that we followed in this tutorial. First we cleaned and conditioned using the Saphir Medaille d'Or Renovateur. Then we polished the shoes using a pigmented Pommadier cream polish to renew the finish and further nourish and condition the leather. Then I used Saphir Pate de Luxe wax polish and the mirror gloss to elevate the shine on the toe box itself. And then we worked with the edge using the Saphir Pommadier cream polish to recolor and the Saphir Medaille d'Or mirror gloss to shine these edges. And then last and not least we replaced the laces using a pair of our Sovereign Grade flat wax shoelaces. If you have any questions please ask them in the comments section below. I get back to all questions myself and let us know what you thought of this video if you liked it, give us the thumbs up. Subscribe to our channel. And of course let us know if you have any tips or tricks on how you like to shine your pebble grain shoes. I'm Kirby Allison founder of The Hanger Project and thanks for joining us.