I'm going to apply this using a cotton chamois- this is one of our Saphir chamois' that we sell. You want to be massaging this into leather, you're applying a thin layer but you don't want so much that it's clumping or gunking. It's not a problem if it occurs because you can buff it off but it just makes it buffing easier if you apply a thinner coat. There's 13 different colors to the Saphir Pommadier cream polish so we really have an unprecedented number of colors to allow you to match almost any finish. One of the questions we always get is how important is the perfect match, and there's really no such thing as a perfect match. One of the things to keep in mind is that this isn't paint, it's not an alcohol based leather dye. I could apply black polish to these burgundy shoes and it would darken the finish but it wouldn't make them black. You're not going to ruin anything by using color that's slightly different than the natural color of the leather, the other thing to keep in mind is part of the beauty of shining your own shoes is that you know the more you shine them, the color and the patina of the shoe itself evolves.
Don't focus too much on color but if you're really worried about darkening the color of your shoes then I recommend using a pigment that is slightly lighter than that than the color you'd like to achieve. One of the other things that's important about the pommadier cream polish and this step is that we're introducing pigment. The pigment is going to recolor any types of scuffs or scratches that may occur and to renew the finish. On the back of my shoes I've got a few small scuffs here.I'm just going to rub the cream polish into that area to conceal that as much as possible. Now that I'm down massaging the Pommadier cream Polish onto the leather, I'm going to give it a few minutes to fully absorb these nutrients. If you want to leave this on overnight you're not going to damage your shoes in any way. I've allowed this Saphir Pommadier cream polish to absorb into the leather for about five minutes. Next take a horsehair shoe shine brush and we're going to buff off any of the extra cream polish and work that wax to a nice soft shine. OK so now that we've applied you know two coats of severe cream Polish we've really renewed the finish.
We're beginning to build that protective wax finish with the waxes, the next step is to take the Saphir Medaille D'Or Pate De Luxe wax polish. The Saphir Medaille D'Or Pate De Luxe wax polish has a higher concentration of hard waxes. The carnuba wax, mineral wax, what that's going to do is it's going to build up that hard protective wax finish. We're going to do two coats on the entire shoe. Don't do more than one or two coats of a hard wax polish across the entire shoe because if you get too much buildup across the vamp, the waxes will crack and cause a white residue to form. One or two coats will be enough to protect the shoe. If you want to build up a higher gloss shine on the toe box or the hind quarters, then you can use our high gloss methodology to build up that shine. This is just for the purpose of restoring the finish so we're going to do two coats of the wax polish. I'm using a burgundy wax polish and I'm going to apply it using my cotton chamois. As with all shoe polish, less is more. I prefer using a cotton chamois to apply my polish because I feel like it allows me to control it more, but some people prefer using a dauber unless you're doing the mirror shine, it's not essential that you use a chamois. I'm going to apply some of the wax onto my cotton chamois, then begin massaging the product into the leather using small, circular motions. You just want an even coat around the entire shoe, after you've achieved an even coat allow it to dry, and then you're going to buff it off with a horsehair brush.
We've allowed the Pate De Luxe wax polish to dry for a few minutes before you begin to buff it off. I'm going to take a horsehair shoeshine brush, using moderate to firm pressure, and kind of brisk brushing, I'm going to buff those waxes off. You can really see after just one application of the wax polish we're really starting to see the shine elevate. I'm going to do one more application here. Again. You know at this point in the presidential shoeshine, the purpose of the wax polish is to build that protective wax finish that helps protect the leather against any type of water stains. I'm going apply it to the entire shoe, again, the same process- just a light application across the entire shoe. You can see that these Cleverleys are looking fantastic.
Just a summary of what we've done up to this point: we stripped off all of the accumulated resins, waxes, polish that accumulates over months or years of shoe care, we stripped that off using the Saphir Renomat basically exposing the original leather, then we did a deep conditioning with the Saphir Dubbin Medaille D'Or to penetrate deep into the leather to hydrate it, then we built the finish using the Saphir Renovateur, then continued with pigmented the Saphir pommadier cream polish, and finished with two coats of the Pate De Luxe wax polish. You can see that these shoes compared to where they started, are totally renovated- completely renewed. They look fantastic.
Now that we've spent time making these uppers look fantastic, we don't want to forget about the rest of the shoe, most importantly, you never want to ignore the edge. A beautiful pair of shine shoes that have a terrible looking edge is just embarrassing. What we're going to use here is the renovating repair cream which we use as an edge dressing. I really liked the renovating repair cream over a standard liquid dye-based edge dressing because I find that you're able to do a better job controlling the application. Because this is resin in pigment, it does a good job of filling any type of scuffs or indentations to smooth the surface off. You can simply apply this using your finger, I'm just applying a little bit of this dark brown edge dressing on my finger, and then you're just going to smooth it across the edge. Again, get a little bit on there and then just take your finger and smooth it across, you want to be careful not to get any of this on the upper itself because it is a permanent resin-based dye. The beauty of this is once it dries, you don't have to worry about it rubbing off on anything. So I'm going to take this around the entire edge. You can see that it's a nice dark brown which I like, but once you thin it out, it's not as dark than if you leave it on there really thick. Again, these bespoke shoes have a tight welt so I'm going very carefully around this because I don't have much margin of error. OK. I'm going to allow this a few minutes to dry. The Edge has been recolored.
The last step of the presidential shoe shine is to use the Saphir Medaille D'Or sole guard to condition and waterproof the soles of the shoe. The most overlooked part of a high quality dress shoe is most often the sole. The Saphir sole guard is a highly refined vegetable oil that is going to condition the sole and has been modified in the laboratory to provide waterproofing. So what that does is it helps prevent the sole becoming waterlogged, it helped prevent salt damage, and it's going to prevent premature wear of the actual leather dress sole. The way that you apply is with a cotton chamois. Again you want to apply it sparingly, you don't want any type of excess on the actual sole itself. I'm going to apply it to my chamois and then massage it in. So take several applications because the leather sole absorbs this pretty readily. After you apply this you're going to want to allow at least an hour if not a little bit longer for the leather sole to fully absorb the Sole Guard and for it to set. It is a non slippery formulation. Another thing that's nice about the sole guard is it's been modified so that it doesn't rub off once it's dried. So here I'm applying it to the sole, saturating the leather sole with that you know it kind of running. And I'm just going to do this to the sole, I'm not going to do to heel. So that's it for the leather sole guard.
Allow this at least an hour to dry. You can come on top with a second application but if you do a second application you want to allow that at least six hours to dry before you wear your shoes.
Now that we've allowed the Saphir Sole Guard to dry overnight, I want to demonstrate the difference.: This is the sole where I applied the Sole Guard. You can see the water just beat up and roll right off. That's the waterproofing that you get with the sole guard. On this shoe, I didn't apply the sole guard just because I wanted to demonstrate the difference and you can see how the water soaks in, it doesn't beat up like it does on this one. So you can see after having to apply that water you can hardly see any water penetration on the sole that we applied the Sole Guard whereas the one that didn't have a sole guard the water saturated the sole. So the difference that it makes over the lifetime of the shoe is it just prevents the premature wear of the leather sole by reducing the amount of water that's really penetrating into the sole and then you know for people that live in winter states where you have salt on the ground, again, reducing the penetration of the salt into the leather sole which can affect wear.
And that's it for the presidential shoe shine. You can see that the presidential shoe shine is a really thorough, rigorous shine that is only meant to be done once a year- maybe twice a year depending on how often you're wearing your shoes. As you can tell from these Cleverley's I mean they've really been given a completely new lease. They look fantastic I can't wait to wear them. So thanks for joining us. I hope you enjoyed this presidential shoeshine tutorial. If you have any questions feel free to comment below. We do answer those or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org Be sure to visit Hangerproject.com to visit our full collection of luxury shoe care accessories.