Today I’m highlighting bulled toe caps with a few “before and after” shots of some Saint Crispin’s 522C Oxfords — join me by posting photographs here today of you shining/polishing your shoes (before and after shots, please)!

Without further ado, let’s get to it…

These Saint Crispin’s 522C Oxfords are brand new, but I thought they’d look even better with a highly polished toe cap.

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Before

Today’s set up includes:
Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish in neutral, navy
Edoya brush
Cotton pads
Glass Solvent Dispenser

I personally prefer to use navy Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish when polishing my black shoes, as I think the navy wax helps to create a perception of depth in the toe cap when highly polished. To apply the wax, I use a cotton pad, usually folded in quarters for better control, and small amounts of a water and rubbing alcohol mixture from a Glass Solvent Dispenser.

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Before (right) and After (left)

I use minute amounts of wax and apply the wax in very thin coats with circular movements, such that I continually buff the newly applied wax to a shine with the cotton pad. Over time, the small, thin layers of wax fill the pores of the shoe leather and a high shine is created.

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Before (right) and After (left)

For every 5-8 coats of wax on the toe caps, I also apply a thin coat of wax to the rest of the shoe in order to maintain some continuity.

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Depth

Slow and steady wins the race here, and details such as the amount of pressure to apply, when to add more water/alcohol, etc. will be learned over time — even down to the variance in those details between different shoes, makers, and leathers. Heel counters can also be pulled to a high shine, but I personally prefer to bull only the toe. The waist of the shoe and heel edges are topics for another day, given that this particular pair is brand new.

 

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