Today I'm posting a little refresh polish regimen and I hope you all would like to give us all some insight into your polishing habits (PG-13 or less, please...) as by posting a photograph here today of you shining/polishing your shoes (before and after shots, please).
The first ten (10) participants here in our thread will receive a free, yep, free Glass Water Dispenser to aid in your quest for the perfect mirror shine (to be featured on a future Sunday)! In addition, because we also want to interact with all of you on social media, anyone who participates in Shoe Shine Sunday here as a comment today and also cross-posts to interact with us on StyleForum, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday) will be entered into a drawing to be held early next week for one (1) set of large leather backed La Cordonnerie Anglaise polishing brushes!.
Without further ado, let's get to it...
Today, I'm looking after a well worn pair of Silvano Sassetti for Ralph Lauren shoes that have, among other things, some unsightly wear and wax build up on the sole edges.
As always, I first brushed vigorously and thoroughly with the leather-backed La Cordonnerie Anglaise polishing brush and then the large polishing brush to remove any surface adulterants.
Then, I applied a very, very light application of Saphir Medaille d'Or Renovateur with a cotton chamois cloth to distribute some of the existing polish around the shoes. I paid particular attention to the sole edges, using a little more pressure than I did on the upper.
Reno Reno Reno
Then, I let the Renovateur dry...lightly brushed with both brushes to remove the Renovateur and softly buffed the shoes up with a cotton chamois cloth. I repeated that process twice more on the sole edges. Then, I cleaned and protected the welts using the small spatula brush and neutral Saphir Medaille d'Or Pate de Luxe Glaçage Polish. [You don't need to use a lot of the wax polish on the brush, but do make sure to really get into the welts with some light scrubbing action — think of it as brushing one's teeth (clean off the brush as needed with a towel).]
Look Ma, no cavities!
I was satisfied with the polish re-distribution on the upper, so I didn't apply any Saphir Medaille d'Or Pommadier Cream Polish. However, I did apply some medium brown to the toe caps with the non-felted side of a cotton pad to apply four to five (in this case, sometimes more, somewhat thin layers of cream. I let each layer dry thoroughly, then lightly brushed with both brushes and buffed with a cotton chamois cloth before repeating. One cotton pad lasted for two to three layers on each shoe.
Hey, where's the cream filling?
Once I was satisfied with my cream polishing on the toe caps, it was time to move on to Saphir Medaille d'Or Pate de Luxe Glaçage Polish in dark brown. Use very light amounts of wax polish to create a layer on each shoe (I prefer a cotton chamois cloth for this part), then brush lightly and buff as usual. I followed the dark brown up with layers of neutral, dark green and light brown for some depth.
A mirror finish to the toe caps of each shoe was next, primarily because I tend to destroy the toes of all of my shoes. Check back here for a future mirror shine Shoe Shine Sunday!
Lastly, I spent a considerable amount of time on the edges of my soles. There are a few different ways to smooth out sole edges, one being with actual edge setting shoe making tools, another with a deer bone and, in my case today (because a certain dog who shall not be named stole my deer bone), sandpaper. I applied another coat of Saphir Medaille d'Or Renovateur to the sole edges (the heels were fine) and, using that as lubricant, lightly worked the sole edges over where needed with fine grit sandpaper. Focusing on the areas with wax and other build up, I repeated this process to remove the build up and smooth the sole edge.
They like it rough
Once I was satisfied that the sole edges were uniformly smooth and free of build up, I applied very, very thin layers of Saphir Crème Rénovatrice to renew and darken the sole edges. It's easy to go over board with this product, so be careful with it and take your time - it needs to go on quickly but uniformly in order to keep a smooth edge and avoid any buildup.
Once the Saphir Crème Rénovatrice dried, I used the back of a heated spoon with heavy pressure to again smooth out the edges and then buffed the sole edges vigorously with a cotton chamois cloth. Finally, I applied a very thin layer of Saphir Medaille d'Or Pate de Luxe Glaçage Polish to the sole edges with a very slighly damp cotton pad, buffing the sole edges as I went to restore some of the original shine.
That's it for today, as once again it's time for brunch and a cocktail because, well, I'm still alive.
Remember to be one of the first ten (10) members to post a photograph here today of you shining/polishing your shoes (before and after, please) to receive your free, yep, free Glass Water Dispenser! Keep the win rolling by also cross-posting your photos on StyleForum, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday) so you can enter our drawing for One (1) set of large leather backed La Cordonnerie Anglaise polishing brushes!
I'll be checking back in on this thread throughout the day, so feel free to include any questions you might have along with your posts — who knows, the answer(s) may even be the subject of a future Shoe Shine Sunday!