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Written for both beginners and experts, The Hanger Project’s guides walk you through the journey of learning how to shine shoes properly, ensuring that they will gracefully age for decades.

Rediscover the sacred ritual of shining your shoes and the pleasures of using the finest polish on earth, Saphir Medaille d’Or. Crafted from the finest, all-natural ingredients, Saphir Shoe Polish nourishes, restores, and protects natural leathers. Containing no synthetic or petroleum-based products, they ensure that your shoes breathe, are nourished, and remain soft and supple.

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Kirby Allison's Hanger Project is my go-to source for all of my shoe care products. Any time I have had a question about shoe care - I have received a prompt response. His "how-to" guides on shoe care have been an education for me on how to care for my shoes - something I knew next to nothing about prior to finding his site.



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Saphir Shoe Polish Overview

Saphir Shoe Polish is widely considered by shoe aficionados to be the best shoe polish in the world. Orient yourself to their complete collection of shoe care products with this overview.

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Getting Started with Saphir

Not sure where to start? This shoe care guide provides an overview the best shoecare products for basic, intermediate, and advanced shoecare.

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Different leathers and their care

The first step to determining how best to take care of your favorite pair of shoes is to determine the type of leather. Different leathers require different care. This Leather Type Overview will help you identify the type of material your shoes are made from and provide an overview of the best products for basic care.

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How to Shine Shoes: A Basic Shoe Shine Guide

Just want to take care of your shoes? This not so basic Basic Shoe Care Guide provides an overview of shoe care fundamentals for those that just want a quick, basic shoeshine.

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How to Clean Suede Shoes

With proper care, suede shoes can outlast calfskin. This guide walks you through the different steps to totally revitalize and protect your favorite pair of suede shoes.

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How to Clean Patent Leather

You probably do not wear patent leather often, but when you do you want it looking it’s best. Learn how to use Saphir Patent Leather Cleaner to clean your patent leather shoes.

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Daily Shoe Care for Calfskin

A little bit of daily attention to your calfskin shoes can go a long way and is essential to their longevity. This simple guide provides an overview of the three things you should do every time you wear your shoes.

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Daily Shoe Care for Suede

Suede shoes are incredibly low-maintenance. However, a few simple steps each time you wear them can keep them looking their best.

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How to Shine a New Pair of Shoes

Few things are more gratifying for a shoe fanatic than pulling a new pair of shoes out of their box for the first time. Fresh from the factory, the finish is perfect – BUT not quite ready for their first trip outside. This shoeshine tutorial walks you through a simple shoeshine to prepare your shoes for their first wear.

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Polishing Shell Cordovan

Shell Cordovan requires different care than calfskin. Learn about the unique characteristic of Shell Cordovan and how to use saphir shoe polish to take care of it in this essential shoe care guide.

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Presidential Shoe Shine Guide

Our most advanced shoe care guide for smooth calfskin, our Presidential Shoe Shine Guide pulls out all the stops to utilize the full glory of Saphir Medaille d’Or to provide a totally rejuvenating shoeshine.

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Shoe Antiquing: The New Old

Give an old pair of shoes a new look with some basic shoe antiquing. This guide teaches you how to use Saphir shoe polish to add some antiquing to your shoes.

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High Gloss vs Matte Patina

Learn about the differences between a high-gloss and matte patina and how to produce each.

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How to Repair Scratched Shoes

It’s every shoe lovers worst nightmare – a deep scuff to his favorite pair of shoes. Learn how to use Saphir Renovating Repair Cream to repair and conceal even the deepest scuff to your favorite shoes.

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When to Replace Soles

Expensive shoes can last decades – but their soles can’t. Learn about why, when, and how to have your soles and heels replaced on your favorite shoes.

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