Hi, I'm Kirby Allison and we love helping the well-dressed take care of their wardrobes. In our third installment of our Q&A; series I'm going to be selecting a few comments that have been made on our YouTube channel over the last week and answering them in person. We appreciate all of our subscribers and especially your comments and I enjoy getting back to most all of those comments personally. As a token of our appreciation for your involvement we're going to be giving a free pair of our Sovereign Grade shoelaces to each of the individuals whom we've selected for this Q&A series.
Our first comment is from Michael on the first polish for my Dimitri Gomez bespoke shoes. His question is "Hi Kirby, I got a new pair of shoes recently but instead of having used the Renovateur, I forgot, I just used a cream polish buffed it off then the Pat De Luxe and buffed it off. Is it too late to apply the Renovateur now or should I just wait until my next polish?" Thanks Michael, so, Michaels' question is really about how to polish a new pair of shoes and we actually have a video on our YouTube channel speaking specifically about the routine that one would find with a new pair of shoes. Whenever you receive a new pair of shoes it's nice to condition the leather thoroughly because you don't know how long those shoes have sat in the leather. Normally is pretty dehydrated because you don't see any type of conditioning or finishing for many factories. So, that's why we recommend conditioning with the Saphir Renovateur followed by the cream and wax polishes. Now if you skipped using the Saphir Renovateur during that process it's no big deal because the Saphir Pommadier cream polish is also a fantastic conditioner. So, Michael I just simply recommend holding off on the Renovateur until the next time you polish your shoes. Thank you for your question and we look forward to sending you a pair of our Sovereign Grade shoe laces.
Our next question is from Evan Moore on my shoe collection video his comment reads "This is a great video. 15 years to accumulate such a beautiful collection of shoes. Do you have a stopping point in mind? Also, how many do you have total?" Evan, a great question, you know I think I've actually made a point not to count how many pairs of shoes I have because that would be embarrassing, and I want plausible deniability whenever my wife asks me. The beauty of bespoke is that the price point really forces one especially someone like me on a budget to really slowly and deliberately acquire shoes over years, if not decades. At this point I'm really just adding two to three pairs of shoes max per year and that's really a good pace to really kind of add and build out my wardrobe of shoes. But it's important to understand that you know my collection started in college with shoes that I was buying on sale and through friends and so you know even someone that fifteen years later you know has a pretty significant shoe collection. It didn't start that way it's important to just recognize that it's been a very slow evolution and it took me a long time before I ever bought my first pair of shoes that cost more than four hundred dollars and that was a big deal to me whenever I was able to afford that and those were my Alfred Sargent shoes and then after that I still remember buying my first pair of Gaziano & Girling's, you know they cost over a thousand dollars and I thought it was just absolutely insane to be spending that much money on a pair of shoes but I received them and absolutely loved wearing them and received so many compliments and found that once I had upgraded to that quality level that I really wasn't wearing any of my other shoes. And so that's kind of how one really develops and upgrades their shoe collection over time. You know, you acquired a certain quality level that your budget allows then you know if you're lucky you're able to go up a rung in that ladder and you begin acquiring it that at that quality level. Yeah so, the video on my shoe collection really isn't meant to discourage anyone but to really show that a shoe collection is an evolutionary journey and that's really part of the fun of developing one if you're someone that's really into shoes. Thanks Evan for your question and I look forward to sending you a pair of our Sovereign Grade shoelaces to use on one of your pair of shoes and Evan we'd love to see some of your shoes you know if you post them on Instagram and use the hashtag #ShoeShineSunday we enjoy seeing those and actually repost a lot of photographs of our customer shoes on our Instagram channel so if you're polishing a pair of shoes take a quick snap post it on Instagram and tag @HangerProject and #ShoeShineSunday.
Question number three is from a user called Jellyfish703 and it's on our How to Condition Leather Shoes video where we talked about the three primary conditioners that Saphir Medaille D'Or sells for leather shoes the Saphir Renovateur, the Saphir Mink Oil and the Saphir Nappa Leather Bone. His question is "if you're to buy only one, which one do you choose?" well the simple question is, of course, the Saphir Renovateur. The Saphir Renovateur is what we call here at the Hanger Project "liquid gold" and the reason is because it is such an incredible all-purpose conditioner. It does a great job nourishing and conditioning the leather, but it also contains some waxes, so it produces a nice soft shine and if you were really to just have one product only, the Saphir Renovateur would be what we would recommend -- as a neutral, it's incredibly versatile you can use it on any color shoes, but you can also use it on multiple materials. It's safe to use on a calfskin, cordovan, alligator, crocodile, and ostrich. I mean there's hardly a smooth leather that the Saphir Renovateur can't be used on. Now, the only limitation the Saphir Renovateur is that it doesn't have any type of pigment. So, at a certain point you do need to use a cream polish, such as the Saphir Pommadier cream polish to introduce pigment because inevitably, if you're wearing a pair of shoes they're gonna become nicked or scuffed or have a little bit of discoloration. And so, the pigments help just renew the patina, the finish of a pair of shoes. Now the mink oil is 100% mink oil that's a new product that Saphir came out with and it's a great really potent conditioner but it's something that's really meant for more occasional use and then the Saphir Nappa, again great product, it is just a conditioning agent doesn't contain any waxes and is certainly the the safest and most almost inert polish to use if you're ever worried about any type of discoloration or if you're worried about changing the texture of the leather then the Saphir Nappa bomb is great to use but it's certainly more specialized than say an all-purpose good product like the Saphir Renovateur. Thanks Jellyfish we appreciate your comments and look forward to sending you a pair of our Sovereign Grade shoelaces to use on a pair of your shoes.