Are you using the right polish for your fine leather shoes? While wax polishes tend to be the most common polish you’ll find in stores, it doesn’t mean you’re giving your shoes the royal treatment.

Wax polishes are primarily used to bring up the shine in the leather shoe; the high concentration of hard waxes in a wax polish is what allows you to produce a high gloss shine.  However, a wax polish does not offer the same level of nourishing and conditioning as a cream polish does.

We recommend using the Saphir Pommadier Medaille D’Or cream polish before applying any wax polish to your shoe, as it does a better job of nourishing, conditioning, and renovating the leather than a wax polish does. The Saphir Medaille D’Or cream polish is made with pine based turpentine and does not use any petroleum-based solvents, preventing the risk of damage due to silicon or other resins.

If the goal is to achieve a higher gloss shine, then it is beneficial to come on top of a cream polish with a wax polish. The high concentration of hard waxes yields a higher-gloss finish and more protection than cream polishes. We recommend the use of Saphir’s Wax Polish after the use of the Saphir Renovateur, and Pommadier Cream Polish to produce a high-gloss patina.

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