When it comes to shoes, you can’t have too much time and you can’t have too much pride; take it from me, the “Original Shoe Nut.” 50 pairs of Edward Green’s later, and one thing’s for certain: a little bit of time and great product will keep your shoes manageable, pristine and long-lasting.
We like using Saphir shoe care, the original French product, for any shoe maintenance.
-8” Horsehair shoe brush
-Soft (non-textured) towel or rag
-Color polish (optional)
-Cotton chamois cloth (optional)
Clean - With your awesome horsehair brush, wipe down the shoe to remove any loose dirt or lingering residues. This step helps prevent any scratching or damaging of the leather.
Renovateur - With two fingers nicely wrapped in your soft towel, thoroughly apply a dime size of Renovateur throughout the shoe. In 5-10 minutes, you should have a nice, even coat across the entire shoe. This step cleanses and nourishes the leather, but more importantly it opens the leather’s pores. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes before brushing off with the horsehair brush.
Color Polish - With the Renovateur brushed off and the pores opened, apply small dabs of color polish evenly. The polish is a bit waxier than the Renovateur—be careful that it does not dry unevenly. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes before brushing off with the horsehair brush. This process can be repeated up to 3 times: some shoes need that extra love.
*Jim’s advice - Dark brown polish works on brown and tan shoes, and it helps with the patina. For the antiqued look, small dabs of black on the front and back.
Sealant - When it comes to the sealant, less is more. The sealant is a finishing wax that closes the pores. For a higher shine, go with a wax that’s beeswax based. In very small dabs, circle the wax around. Don’t rush, and don’t try and do the whole shoe at once. Work thoroughly, inch by inch. Each shoe should take about 15-20 minutes to coat. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes before brushing off. This step can be repeated if you’d like a higher or more even shine.
Wipe Down - If you’ve got your cotton chamois cloth around, give the shoe a quick wipe down. This will remove any excess shoe care and give the leather that brand new, polished look.