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Shoe Shine Sunday

  • Q&A Edition

    For today's Shoe Shine Sunday I'm hanging around and taking all shoe shine questions! Join me by posting any shoe shine questions here, as well as before and after photos here of your own polish job today!

    Remember to also cross-post to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday)!

    Without further ado, let's get to it...

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  • Q&A Edition Two

    For today's Shoe Shine Sunday I'm hanging around again and taking all shoe shine questions! Join me by posting any shoe shine questions here, as well as before and after photos here of your own polish job today!

    Remember to also cross-post to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday)!

    Without further ado, let's get to it...

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  • Thanksgiving Prep Edition

    With the long Thanksgiving weekend winding down and winter ever imminent, today's Shoe Shine Sunday is a simple winter preparation for some new Carmina boots in snuff suede. Join me by posting before and after photos here of your own polish job today!

    Remember to also cross-post to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday)!

    Without further ado, let's get to it...

    Today's kit includes... (Click to hide)
    Saphir Super Invulner Waterproofing Spray
    Ovangkol Suede Shoe Brush

    As these boots are brand new and I'm simply waterproofing them with a neutral waterproofing spray, there isn't much of a "before-and-after" to photograph. Instead, today it's just a simple shot on a seasonally appropriately overcast day — after lightly brushing the boots with an Ovangkol Suede Shoe Brush and then spraying them, outside, with an even coat of Saphir Super Invulner Waterproofing Spray.

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    Remember to post photographs here today of you shining/polishing your shoes (before and after, please) and also to cross-post your photos on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday).

    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!

  • Formal Refresh Edition

    Black tie season is upon us, so today's Shoe Shine Sunday is a quick refresh for some Saint Crispin's opera pumps in crust calf. Join me by posting before and after photos here of your own polish job today!

    Remember to also cross-post to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday)!

    Without further ado, let's get to it...

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    Today's kit includes...
    Saphir Nappa Leather Balm
    Saphir Pate de Luxe Shoe Polish in neutral
    Ovangkol Sciuscià Polishing Brush
    Edoya Finishing Brush

    These pumps were in pretty good condition, but just needed a bit of conditioning with Nappa Balm and hit of wax to bring the polish back up — all in all, pretty simple today.

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    After...
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    Remember to post photographs here today of you shining/polishing your shoes (before and after, please) and also to cross-post your photos on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday).

    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!

  • The Jetlag Derby Edition

    Some pretty intense jetlag resulted in me starting Shoe Shine Sunday exceptionally early today. Thankfully, this new pair of peccary split toes is pretty easy to maintain, so the quicker back to recovery (after today's match!) for me. Join me by posting before and after photos here of your own polish job today!

    Remember to also cross-post to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday)!

    Without further ado, let's get to it...

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    The "damage"

    Today's setup includes...
    Saphir Nappa Balm
    Saphir MDO Wax Polish in neutral
    Ovangkol Sciuscià Polishing Brush
    Saphir Chamois Cloth

    As always, I began by brushing the shoes, but given the texture and softness of peccary I opted for a softer, longer bristled brush than usual. There was also something delightfully ironic about the purely porcine nature of this Shoe Shine Sunday, between the upper material and the Ovangkol Sciuscià Polishing Brush.

    After the initial brushing, I applied a light layer of Saphir Nappa Balm with a Saphir Chamois Cloth.

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    Balmy

    After allowing the Saphir Nappa Balm to dry for approximately fifteen (15) minutes, I brushed the shoes again with the Ovangkol Sciuscià Polishing Brush. The Ovangkol Sciuscià Polishing Brush does a phenomenal job of lightly and delicately buffing any leather upper, but particularly soft and textured leather uppers like peccary.

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    Brushed Up

    Lastly, I applied a light layer of neutral Saphir MDO Wax Polish to the hard-countered toes. After allowing the light application of neutral Saphir MDO Wax Polish to dry, I gave the shoes one last brushing with the Ovangkol Sciuscià Polishing Brush and...then it was Derby time (get it?).

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    Derby Day

    Remember to post photographs here today of you shining/polishing your shoes (before and after, please) and also to cross-post your photos on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday).

    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!

  • Welcome back!

    Today I'm shining a pair of Carmina shell cordovan wingtips that have a few miles on them already. Join me by posting before and after photos here of your own polish job today!

    Remember to also cross-post to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday)!

    Without further ado, let's get to it...

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    The "damage"

    Today's set up includes... (Click to hide)
    Saphir Cordovan Cream in neutral
    Saphir MDO Wax Polish in neutral and dark brown
    Saphir Chamois Cloth
    Saphir Large Horsehair Brush
    Saphir Welt Brush
    Edoya Finishing Brush

    I began by brushing the shoes vigorously for a few minutes using the Saphir large horsehair brush.

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    After Brushing

    Then it was on to cleaning the welts by applying a thin layer of Saphir MDO Wax Polish in neutral to a Saphir Welt Brush and gently brushing the welts. I then let the wax dry while I applied a thin layer of the same Saphir MDO Wax Polish to the sole edges and heels. After the wax on the sole edges and heels dried, I again brushed the the shoes, heel and sole edges vigorously for a few minutes using the Saphir large horsehair brush.

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    Rub A Dub Dub

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    Another Brush Round

    To clean up the sole edges and heels a bit more, I applied some additional Saphir MDO Wax Polish in dark brown to the sole edges and heels with a Saphir Chamois Cloth. After the wax on the sole edges and heels dried, I again brushed the the shoes, heel and sole edges vigorously for a few minutes using the Saphir large horsehair brush.

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    More Brush

    Once the sole edges and heels were taken care of, I moved on to the uppers and applied a thin layer of Saphir Cordovan Cream in neutral all over the uppers using a clean portion of a Saphir Chamois Cloth. I worked the Saphir Cordovan Cream into the uppers in a circular motion using moderate pressure.

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    Cream Time

    After allowing the Saphir Cordovan Cream application to dry, I vigorously brushed the uppers again, but this time with a soft Edoya goat hair finishing brush.

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    Even More Brush

    My last step was a very light application of Saphir MDO Wax Polish in neutral all over the uppers using a Saphir Chamois Cloth followed by, you guessed it, another round of vigorous brushing with the Edoya finishing brush.

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    Light Wax On

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    Vigorous Brush Off

    Remember to post photographs here today of you shining/polishing your shoes (before and after, please) and also to cross-post your photos on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday).

    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!

  • Welcome back!

    Today I'm getting a pair of Carmina derby captoes ready for their maiden voyage. Join me by posting before and after photos here of your own polish job today!

    Remember to also cross-post to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday)!

    Without further ado, let's get to it...

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    The "damage"

    Today's set up includes... (Click to hide)
    Saphir MDO Leather Lotion
    Saphir Nappa Balm
    Saphir MDO Wax Polish in dark brown
    Saphir Chamois Cloth
    Saphir Large Horsehair Brush

    I began as usual by wiping the shoes down with a damp cloth and followed up with a brushing using the Saphir large horsehair brush. I then lightly applied Saphir MDO Leather Lotion all over with a Saphir Chamois Cloth, to gently clean and condition the uppers and sole edges.

    I let the lotion sit and dry for about 15-20 minutes and I then brushed the shoes, heel and sole edges with the Saphir brush.

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    After Brushing

    Then it was on to Saphir Nappa Balm, as this pair has been sitting in the box for quite some time. So, as with the Saphir MDO Leather Lotion, I applied Saphir Nappa Balm moderately all over with a Saphir Chamois Cloth. I let the balm sit and dry for about an hour and then I brushed the shoes, heel and sole edges with the Saphir brush.

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    My last step was three very light applications of Saphir MDO Wax Polish in dark brown, starting with two thin applications all over the shoes using a Saphir Chamois Cloth. Each application was followed by a brushing and once two applications of wax were on the shoes, I applied one last coat of Saphir MDO Wax Polish.

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    and...Voila!

    Remember to post photographs here today of you shining/polishing your shoes (before and after, please) and also to cross-post your photos on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday).

    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!

  • Shoeshine Sunday

    Welcome to Shoe Shine Sunday, February 24! This week we'll be giving away a $30 Gift Certificate good towards any order over $100 to those that participate by posting a picture of themselves shining their shoes to this affiliate thread or to our Hanger Project Facebook Page!

    Today I'll be working on another one of my first pairs of shoes: Romano Martegani from Ron Rider way back when he worked for Francos. The toe box has become a little dulled. I'm going to repair that and then attempt to produce a high-gloss shine on the toe box (not a mirror finish -- but halfway there).

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    The first step is produce the base coat with with Saphir Cream Polish in a Light Brown. Medium Brown and Cognac are both too dark. The Light Brown is probably a little too light... but better lighter than too dark when it comes to the entire shoe.
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    Applied here with a Chamois. Will buff off with a pighair brush from my Groom Shoeshine Kit.
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    Here you can see them looking good. Nice soft shine. However, since I have had these shoes forever, I'd like to spice things up by making the toe box a little darker than the rest of the shoe. A semi-antiqued look, if you will. So, I used the Saphir Cognac Cream Polish to achieve this. Just on the toe box.
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    Here you can see the effect of the Cognac Cream Polish. I am really beginning to experiment with other colors in the pallet of Saphir Cream Polishes. There are a lot of interesting things you can achieve by not being afraid to depart from the best-match polish.

    Next I am then going to apply a neural Saphir Wax Polish just to the toe box to bring up the shine. This is the most time-consuming part.
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    First I apply a rather thick layer of wax polish in order to fill the pores, allowing it at least five minutes to dry. Then, I take just a little wax polish and a little water and begin polishing the toe box.
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    Wax on. Wax off. It is important to allow the polish to dry before applying an additional layer of polish. At a certain point, you add just a drop of water to your chamois, a tad of polish, and then softly polish the toe box in circular motions until the fog disappears. Once it disappears, apply just a tiny amount of additional polish. Allow 30 seconds for it to dry. And then add a tad of water and work in circular motions until it brings up a shine. NOTE: the brush in the back is NOT used in producing a high-gloss shine.
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    After about five to 10 small layers of polish and 20 minutes, you can see that I was able to produce a nice, medium-gloss shine on my toe box. You'll also notice that they're slightly darker than the rest of the shoe thanks to the Cognac polish. If I were really adventurous, I could have tried mahogany... maybe the next pair.
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  • The Evening Edition

    Now that fall is finally starting to set in, this evening I'm preparing two pair of Carmina brown suede kicks for the coming inclement weather. Join me by posting before and after photos here of your own polish job today!

    Remember to also cross-post to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday)!

    Without further ado, let's get to it...
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    The "damage"

    Today's set up includes...
    Saphir MDO Wax Polish in Dark Brown
    Saphir Leather Lotion
    Saphir Suede Renovateur in Dark Brown
    Saphir Super Invulner Waterproofing Spray
    Saphir Gommadin Suede Cleaner
    Saphir Chamois Cloth
    Saphir Large Horsehair Brush
    Edoya Brass Suede Brush

    I began by brushing the shoes gently with the Edoya brass suede brush...

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    After Brushing

    Then it was on to cleaning the suede with the Saphir Gommadin Suede Cleaner. I used the Gommadin all over each shoe and then again with a bit more vigor as necessary to remove certain spots and shiny areas on the shoes. After using the eraser, I gave the shoes another light brushing with the suede brush.

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    Erased

    To clean up the sole edges and heels a bit, I applied some Saphir Leather Lotion to the sole edges and heels with a Saphir Chamois Cloth. After the lotion on the sole edges and heels dried, I brushed the heels and sole edges using Saphir large horsehair brush. Then, I applied a light layer of Saphir MDO Wax Polish to the heels and sole edges, again using a Saphir Chamois Cloth, followed by another brushing with the Saphir large horsehair brush.

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    Cleaned Up

    Once the sole edges and heels were taken care of, I moved on to the uppers and applied a generous coating of dark brown Saphir Suede Renovateur all over the uppers of both shoes. As you spray the shoes you can see them darken a bit where the spray has been applied, so just keep moving around the uppers until the uppers have been uniformly covered. Be aware that this suede spray contains colorant, so take care to use newspaper (or something similarly disposable) to cover your work surface and also to avoid spraying anything other than the uppers of your shoes. Additionally, this stuff is pretty potent, so be sure to use it in a well ventilated outside location. Once the Saphir Suede Renovateur was properly applied, I let the shoes dry for about fifteen (15) minutes.

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    Colored Within The Lines

    For the last step, I applied Saphir Super Invulner Waterproofing Spray all over the uppers of the shoes. As with the Saphir Suede Renovateur, you can see the uppers darken a bit where the spray has been applied, so just keep moving around the uppers until the uppers have been uniformly covered. This stuff is even more potent than the Saphir Suede Renovateur so, again, be sure to use it in a well ventilated outside location. Once the Saphir Super Invulner Waterproofing Spray was properly applied, I let the shoes dry for about thirty (30) minutes.

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    Voila!

    Remember to post photographs here today of you shining/polishing your shoes (before and after, please) and also to cross-post your photos on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday).

    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!

  • Aaaaaaand...we're taking today off!

    I'm taking today off again and, as a reminder, for the remainder of the summer I'll be hosting Shoe Shine Sunday on a bi-weekly basis.

    However, you are all invited to continue posting your pursuit of the perfect shine as usual! Even though today's Shoe Shine Sunday isn't hosted, we also encourage everyone to cross-post to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday).

    I'll still 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!

    For now, I'll leave you with an old Shoe Shine Sunday shot...

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