Allen Edmonds $50 Ebay Challenge | How To Restore & Shine Shoes


Hi I’m Kirby Allison founder of the Hanger Project today in this video I’m going to show you how you can take a fifty dollar pair of shoes that you bought on eBay and make them look brand new. So this segment is something we call our eBay challenge. I was given $50 to go out on eBay and buy a pair of Allen Edmonds. I spent 50 bucks I think with shipping it was sixty five dollars. All right. So, Here you go. You can see the receipt. Thank you Hanger Project. We paid $50 for these in full retail they’d probably be a $400 pair of shoes. You wrap them individually. Nice. I’ll put this box down. It’s got a nice thick double soul. You can see it is Goodyear welted. You know not too much wear on the sole of these so I wouldn’t resole these and they’re in pretty good condition. I mean you can see some scratching here at the front. I mean we can easily repair that with the renovating repair cream. And honestly I mean these are in pretty good condition. I mean there’s some scratching a little bit of scuffing here but that’s not too deep. This other pair again has a little bit of light scuffing and scratching on the toe. Nothing too much along the edge. And so I think these shoes we’re actually going to be able to do a lot of the lot with these. So let me give you guys just a brief overview of what we’re going to do here since these shoes are in relatively good condition. I’m not going to use any type of leather cleaning soap to shampoo the leather but if you received a pair of shoes that really use some more surface build up on the leather itself I’d recommend starting with like a leather cleaning soap to just shampoo and really pull all that off. Instead what I’m going to do is first I’m going to pull the laces off because I’m throwing those away and then I’m going to condition the leather using this Saphir Renovateur. This is a mink oil based cleaner and condition is going to hydrate that leather and really nourish it deeply just to keep it soft and supple. And then when I’m going to do second is use a pigmented cream polish. This is the Walnut finish from Allen Edmonds. And so the pigment is going to help even out the finish. It’ll help conceal the scuffing and the scratching certainly a little bit. We’ll see where that gets us. If I’m still disappointed with the scratching in the front then what I’m going to do is come and actually fill in those scratches using the renovating repair cream. And what this is is it is a resin kind of pigment mixture that actually is almost putty like and it will permanently fill in and allow you to kind of build up those scratches so that it’s even again with the surface. And then after we do that I’m going to provide a little bit more protection using the Saphir Pate De Lux Wax Polish. That will give me a little bit more of a shine on the toe and the heel. And then again those hard waxes are just going to provide nice protection for the leather itself. And then lastly we’re going to re-lace these using a pair of sovereign grade shoelaces. First I’m going to pull these shoelaces out I’m going to remove them first because again if you’re going to polish your shoes it’s always nice to remove the laces. You don’t have to do it. Personally I don’t like to remove my laces whenever I’m doing my polishing just because I find it to be a little bit of a nuisance. We’re going to throw these away anyway so we might as well take them out now. So now the shoe laces are removed. I’m going to take a cotton chamois and begin applying the severe renovateur. So I’m going to start with the left shoe. And just first I like to kind of dab it around because you always end up with a little bit more polish on the chamois whenever you dip it in. And then you know just in small kind of circular motions massaging the renovatur into the leather itself. So be generous. You don’t want to use too much because then it begins to gunk. But at that same time. You want to be liberal enough that you’re actually providing good nourishment. And feeding the leather. So it’s completely natural to see the leather darken whenever you begin applying any type of Polish especially a polish as high quality as the Saphir Medaille d’Or. And the reason is because as the Polish hydrates that leather. It’s going to darken you know the same way that paper darkens whenever you drop water on it. So I’ve applied the first coat of the Saphir Renovateur. I’m going to allow these shoes about three to five minutes in order for the renovateur to feed the leather as much as possible. So the next step is to then buff off the Polish using the horsehair brush. This is our large Hanger Project shoemakers brush. So just buff it off. You’re using brisk side to side motions. And the purpose here is you can already see this begin to shine up is one you’re removing any excess Polish that’s built up and then the friction of the horsehair bristles against the waxes and the polish helps create that kind of soft shine. I mean just with one coat of polish of the Saphir Renovateur you know you can see that the leather’s darkened a little bit because we’ve hydrated and really fed that leather. And then with the waxes that the Saphir Renovateur contains You can see that you’re able to develop kind of a nice soft shine. But we still have problems with again the discoloration around the scuffing. And some of the discoloration like on the back again where you’ve seen the scuffing and so the only way to fix that is with the pigmented cream polish. The Saphir Pommadier Medaille d’Or Polish is easily the best cream polish that’s out there. It has a higher concentration of pigment in it than standard polish which is going to do a better job refinishing the shoe and then the shea butter and kind of other nutrients in this polish again is going to continue to feed and nourish that leather. The waxes in the Saphir Pommadier Medaille d’Or are going to help us continue to build that protective wax finish that not only makes the shoes look great because of the shine but also has protective characteristics by just providing a protective layer waxes for the leather itself. Now these shoes are a Allen Edmonds walnut finish which I think is a really nice match for the light brown pigmented Pommadier Cream Polish. Now if you’re unsure about the color polish I always recommend testing a little bit of the polish just on a hidden area of the shoe so that if you’re not happy about it you know you haven’t changed the Look anywhere obvious and then second if you’re really worried about darkening the shoes you know go with a slightly lighter color polish because again that’s going to prevent the leather from darkening too much. But let’s work on the left shoe first again I’ve got a little bit of the Medaille d’Or Pommadier Cream polish on my chamois. And I just dab it around and then start to really kind of massage this in the leather. Now the first thing that we’re working to do here again is to even out that finish. The pigment is going to also help conceal any of this scuffing. So again you’re just going to massage this into the leather. Using circular motions. Moderate pressure. And you want to really massage it into the leather. So we’ve allowed the Saphir Medaille d’Or Pommadier Cream polish to dry. And now it’s time to buff it off again you use the same horsehair brush. With brisk brushing motions just to get that extra polish off the shoe. I mean you can really see why I love this Saphir Medaille d’Or Polish. I mean just after one coat of Pommadier Cream Polish a little bit of buffing we’ve got a really nice shine being created just with the cream polish. And we haven’t even used a wax yet. And then you see that the finish has been you know evened out a lot you know the scratches on the front of the toe really been pretty well concealed there’s still a little bit of gouging just right here. Saphir has an absolutely fantastic product for fixing those deep scratches it’s the Saphir Renovating Cream. This is the light brown which is what we’re going to use to match the finish of these shoes. And it’s essentially resin and pigment. Once this dries you know it’s not going to rub off and it’s a thick cream so it allows you to really kind of build and fill this in. So I’m just going to rub this kind of right there. On that surface. Right and I’m applying this with my finger. What that is going to do is kind of fill in that deep gouge. So then whenever I take the cream polish on top of it that’s going to have a much smoother finish. So we’ve allowed this about 10 minutes to dry the renovating repair cream that we use to fill up this little gouge right there. And so next what I want to do is just apply a little bit of this cream Polish over the toe. The renovating repair cream is permanent. The more you polish the shoe you know the more that’ll blend in. So just applying a little bit of polish here. You know we’ve really done a good job kind of filling that in again as you polish the shoe more. That will continue to blend in but at least you don’t have a big gouge there anymore. So I’m happy with that. OK. So next what we’re going to do is we’re going to use the Saphir Medaille d’Or Pate De Lux Wax Polish. The Saphir Pate De Lux is an absolutely incredible polish. It uses an all natural pine base turpentine. You can actually smell the difference in the Polish compared to other waxes and the solvent is going to again penetrate the leather it’s going to help nourish and then the hard waxes that you have in this versus the cream Polish are going to continue to build that protective wax barrier and then elevate the shine. So what I like to do is I like to apply a single coat of the hard wax Saphir Pate De Lux Wax Polish to the entire shoe and then I’ll do two or three additional coats just on the toes and the heels. Now the toe and the heel are the hard countered areas of the shoe that don’t flex if you do more than one or two layers of a hard wax Polish across the vamp. What happens is once those hard waxes dry and you walk and flex the vamp they’re going to crack and you’re going to end up with a lot of white residue which is basically just dead cracked wax kind of across the vamp of the shoe. And it’s easy to fix you just buff it off with the shoe or apply some polish which helps kind of soften those hard waxes and remove them. But as a general rule one layer of wax polish to the entire shoe and then you can build it up on the on the toes and the heels really as much wax as you’d like. And the more you polish it the higher the shine is going to go. And again you’re going to just start with the same. Kind of circular motions. Medium to firm pressure. This is going to further nourish the shoe. But then also the waxes are going to help provide that kind of protective layer. You know one of the things that I like to do is if you’re polishing three or four pairs of shoes at the same time. It allows the first pair to have dried by the time you’re done with the third or fourth. And so it’s actually a lot more efficient to sit down and polish a few pairs of shoes than it is to just sit down and polish one pair of shoes alone and you know one of my rituals is actually on the weekend I grab a few pairs of shoes turn on the radio. And try to shine them all together. Or honestly sometimes even during conference calls. I have a pair of shoes at my desk. You know that I’ll work on over a few days. You know just as I’m on the phone and I’m able to polish and just be in a conference call just fine. So three to five minutes. We have allowed that wax polish to dry. I’m going to buff it off my horsehair brush. Brisk side to side motions. I mean you really want to work that wax you know the friction of the horsehair bristles is what’s going to really gloss. The hard waxes and the Saphir Medaille d’Or Pate De Lux is a really special wax. I mean you know look at this just after one coat of the Saphir Pate De Lux wax polish, I mean we’ve got just a really nice shine on the shoes I mean just after two coats with the cream polish. One coat of the Pate De Lux Wax Polish. I mean these shoes are really looking a lot better. I used a matching light brown polish on the entire shoe. But just to provide a little bit of a kind of antiquing on the toes and the heels. I’m going to use a medium brown here. So one of the things to just keep in mind is that the pigment in a wax polish is relatively light and transparent compared to a cream polish. Here is this medium brown polish. And just here kind of on the toe I mean you can hardly even tell honestly I’m applying a darker polish again just because this is the hard countered area of the shoe. It’s not flexing and it’s traditionally where you would kind of elevate the shine above the rest of the shoes again just here on the heel and the toe. OK so we’ve allowed this wax polish to dry. And I’m just going to buff it off lightly. With this horsehair brush. OK so if you want to develop a little bit of a hard gloss shine on the heels then what you’re going to get with a horsehair brush and then what we recommend is taking kind of a cotton shirting. This is the Hanger Project High-Shine Cotton Chamois. And it’s a different technique you’re going to use to really elevate this to really kind of high high gloss. So what I’m to do is just a few squirts of water. On this chamois I’m going to take a few kind of taps this wax polish. And then what you’re going to do is just begin. Kind of really polishing that wax polish that you batted using circular motions. Light kind of light to moderate pressure. A little bit of water. If you have ice cold water it works even better. Just because again it helps kind of harden those waxes. We’re just kind of trying to see if we can take this just a little bit higher than with the horsehair brush alone. Just a tiny amount of polish. A little bit of water and then you really just want to work this as much as you can. To elevate that shine by massaging those waxes. And if you want the full kind of detailed explanation behind this process take a look at our mirror gloss tutorial. OK so we’re done with the polishing as you can see. I mean I think the shoes look absolutely fantastic. We’ve got a nice high gloss shine on the toe a nice kind of soft shine on the rest of the shoe. Now it is time for one of the most overlooked aspects of a shoe which are proper shoe laces. I’m going to be using our sovereign grade laces that we have made just for the Hanger Project from North Hampton. This is a waxed woven cotton lace which really is fine as they come. There’s two different methods for the straitlaced one is the straight up method and then the criss cross. I strictly prefer the crossed method because I find that it’s easier to cinch your shoes tight. So what you do is you start with one end and then you’re going to cross over. Right. Go up and out. And then back down. And there you go you create the first kind of or in this case the second. Straight across. You alternate again go across and up. Right. And then back down. And then go to the other shoelace across and up. Back down. Right. This is going to go out because that’s the end. And then again here on the other side you’re going to cross. So put the shoe tree back in the shoes. I’m just going to tie these to see see how they look. I’m going to use the Parisian method. It’s twice over up. Right. You loop twice around your finger take it through and then pull that tight. And I have to play around with it a little bit just like a bow tie to get it perfect. But look at those. OK. So the next step is going to be to use a black edge dressing this is the Fiebing’s Sole & Heel Polish that we sell here at the Hanger Project. It’s a great beginner edge dressing because it comes with a nice applicator. Just apply this. Kind of lightly across the edge of the sole. So it’s going to go on slightly darker than it dries. And then one of the things that we’re going to do at the end is just apply a little bit of a neutral wax polish. Kind of waxes. But what I’m just trying to do is any type of real big discoloration. We just want to fix that edge dressings really are permanent leather dyes you want to be careful not to make contact with the upper. If you do that try to wipe it off as quickly as possible because it will permanently stain. The upper leather. So if you want to bring up the shine of your edges is one of the things that you can use is the Saphir mirror gloss which is a really kind of hard wax. It’s got a lower solvent concentration in it than the standard pack deluxe. And so you can apply this with the cotton chamois and really shine your edges the same way that you would the toe. OK. Just like with all things waxes you could do this all day if you wanted a higher shine but we’re just going to do one past the mirror gloss again. You know I used the dye in order to saturate the leather. And then a little bit of this mirror gloss wax polish in order to kind of seal it and then provided a slightly higher shine. Here we are at the end of our fifty dollar challenge. What we did is we started with the renovateur to condition and clean then we used a pigmented Pommadier Cream Polish again to kind of recolor to re-saturate that finish the soft waxes are going to help build that kind of soft match shine. And then we started using the renovating repair cream to kind of fill in what was kind of a deeper gouge right there at the toe. And then we started using some of the severe Pate De Lux Wax Polish again to build that higher gloss shine on the toe and the heel. Add a little bit of a hard wax protective coating on the entire shoe itself. I used a little bit of the mirror gloss on the edges and some of the fiebings sole and heel polish to again kind of re-saturate those. We’ve replaced the laces with a pair of our Hanger Project sovereign grade woven cotton laces and I think these shoes look absolutely fantastic. If you have any questions please feel free to ask them in the comments section below. All these polishes are available on Hanger Project.com We’ve got extensive tutorials on our YouTube channel. If you have any other questions and I try to get back to everyone personally. So if you have questions ask them in the comments section. Have you ever bought a pair of shoes on eBay before and if you did were you happy? Did it work out? Let us know. So if you like to this video please give us a thumbs up. And if you haven’t already please subscribe to our YouTube channel. You know we publish videos weekly on how to take care of your wardrobe your shoes your clothing. So subscribe so they can get notifications and every released new videos. I’m Kirby Allison founder of the Hanger Project and we love helping the well-dressed take care of their clothing. Thanks for joining us.

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  • sorry mate your hair looks horrible

  • Great video! But please learn French pronunciation, it kills me! When you're trying to sell a higher end product – please don't butcher the names!!
    Pommadier – Pom-mad-ee-ay , D'Ors – duh-or , Médaille – Meh-dye

  • #TheHangerProject – What do you recommend for the top of the sole/edge – the stitched area? For all the work, it seems like that visible top of the welted area which collects dust and dirt was left relatively untouched except for incidental brushing.

  • Maybe an odd question but where did you find that Goyard trunk in the background of the video? It's so nice!

  • I watched this video more than 10times.
    It’s very interisting. I’m sad that I cannot no get those kind of shoes with reasonable price in South Korea?
    I love this video lol

  • $50 shoes and $150 worth of product.

  • Um did anyone even see a difference and the before and after?

  • Those shoes don’t need to be restored….

  • How do you get rid of the crusty foot residue from the last dude to wear them?

  • I used to have a lot of AE models but stopped wearing AE, there are just too many good shoes and AEs make solid shoes with excellent customer service, but boring in terms of style. You can't depend on loyalty all the way.

  • Can you do another video where the shoes are a lot more worn? 🙂

  • How do you take out transfer stains from clothing? I accidentally washed shirts with a wine coloured skirt and the skirt pigment transferred. What do I do?

  • I love this video. Thank you this was very informative. And I am interested in trying these products for my shoes… I want them to stay looking new. Scuffs are often difficult to avoid from occurring.

  • I find that cris cross will make you jump, jump.

  • Excellent video, Kirby. I have a question. I recently found a great pair of AE loafers on eBay. One fits perfectly while the other is slightly wider in the heel, obviously due to size abnormalities in the previous owner. Could you show a method to resize or shrink a portion of the leather surrounding the heel of a loafer if you know of any other than sending them in for the rebuilding process? Thank you for the videos. Am anxiously awaiting my HP order to restock my shoe shining gear. Thanks!

  • I am looking for black cap toe oxfords (like FIFTH AVENUE CAP-TOE OXFORD Edmonds) for a friends wedding but I have really hard time finding anything in size 5.

  • Please get on with it

  • Shoe nerd

  • If the cork in the sole molds to the foot of the person wearing it, what is it like to wear someone else's shoe like this? Without re-soling it…

  • Those AE are nearly brand new… almost no wear on the soles and the heal with taps… brand new!!!

  • we never gave credit to cobblers in india and they are normally very poor. they do these techniques all the time and hardly get paid. if they start selling bespoke shoes to riches in western world they will be millionaire.

  • Great shoes. Great tutorial. Lose the haircut. lol

  • Pretty interesting project. You brought them back to life!

  • I was raised folks should never wear used shoes as everyones feet shapes the lasts differently, is this wrong?

  • that goyard though

  • 50 for a pair of $400 shoes is too low. if i was the company id be pretty pist that your selling my shoes for that low

  • How many times did he say "kind of"?

  • Much cooler to just let them be and wear 'em with jeans or kakis. You look poor trying so hard to look rich. The asshole who wore them just threw them away and bought another pair. Probably gave these to his maid.

  • Fake and gay.

  • Is it just me or are the names of the products really pompous?

  • Do this same video for women's shoes please. How do u find $50.00 …. shoes

  • I struck gold last week. I found 4 pairs of Allen Edmonds shoes at a goodwill here in LA. I knew they were a reputable brand of shoes but i had no idea about the history, craftsmanship and life span of ,Allen Edmonds. I got 4 pairs for 9.99 each and 2 of them are new. No scuffs and the leather feels untouched. Unfortunately they are a size 14 and 15 and I’m an 11. I’m going to sell them to anyone who’s looking for a size:15. Thanks for the info Man!

  • Watching this video, makes me want to go on ebay and find a pair of Allen Edmonds to fix.

  • Get a cobbler to do this for 30-40 the cobbler will do a better more professional job and it is much cheaper than buying the product. The product here would cost in total $127.45 and you have to do it yourself.

  • Gross. Second hand footwear? It would suck to be poor.

  • Sorry dude but at the end the shoes are really not that much better

  • An anytime you apply wax to the shoes you always spray water to the cloth , it's what makes the wax blend into the pores if the leather

  • Excellent idea Kirby! I will check for some wingtips on eBay!

  • For the people whinning about $200 worth of polish products, the quantity you will get will last you long enough to do more than 100 pairs of shoes, so you are looking at $2 worth of product per pair ;^)

  • Hi,
    Thank you for the great video – this inspired me to try the same, using your instructions – my shoes turned out wonderfully.

    Question about the restoring Cordovan shoes – I’ve noticed cracking in vamp (slightly in the creases) – recommendations on how to reverse the cracking process or at least stop/patch it up? The shoes are Allen Edmonds Belgium plain toe oxfords (in Burgundy)

    Cheers.

  • Reshoevenator but with dress shoes

  • Why does this remind me so much of American Psycho? 😀

  • I would've loved to see a little black edge work around the sole. Good job overall.

  • I had never thought of buying fine shoes second hand or used til I watched this. makes a lot of sense really since fine shoes are investment items. finding a fine pair used is better than a cheap low-quality dress shoe. Good video.

  • He has the same voice as thd Long Island Watch guy….nice vid

  • Rubbish Crap Garbage idiotic stupid vague insane and sick ideas only to polish your shoes

  • Great video, however by not stripping the old old finish any residual silicon polish will effect the wax polish regime, additionally the leather sole needs care with a sole care product and lastly any second footed shoes need to be sanitized and aired before wear

  • And how to get toenail fungus.

  • God – the pomade, the cherrywood desk, the dapper lad illustrations in the background…I can barely stand it.

  • I can't do this as I only spent $48 on ebay.

  • Did anyone catch what brand of products he uses? I missed it….

  • Sooo misleading, $100+ worth of product and I've shopped ebay for used AE's – $50 doesn't buy you anything nearly as nice as those shoes before the restore.

  • I need to start taking care of my shoes again. Too many nights on the dance floor!

  • I have a pair of boots I would like to send you they are 3 years old and have a few cracks across the top where they bend when you walk.

  • none of this fixed the scuffs. you treated the leather, and then applied and buffed waxes three different times.

  • The shoes from eBay show up in an Amazon box…weird

  • That is a crazy amount of effort and a CRAZY amount of product. I have 20+ year old AE walnut Strands that still look great. I have use AE walnut cream polish on them 3-4 times in 20 years. I wipe them down with a soft damp cloth and then dry them after every 2-3 times I wear them. I use edge dressing as needed. They looking amazing. I have no doubt Saphir products are good. I also have no doubt the are generally completely unnecessary.

  • OK so is no one going to talk about the elephant in the room: the dark dark black spots where the broguing is filled with dirt and polish? It looks like a shoe with pimples. How the hell do you clean out those ugly holes? THAT is the question you should be answering. Stop being a Saphir fanboy and start answering the questions no one is asking.

  • Hi Kirby,

    If you say that the wax polish will crack, then why would you still apply it in the whole shoe? It makes sense to apply it only in the front and back because it does not bend much.

    I think the white lines when the wax cracks is due to a neutral wax? Or is the the same white line for a brown wax as well?

  • Kirby, I can't tell you how much these videos have helped me improve my wardrobe. Just a question about Allen Edmonds lasts – in your opinion, which of their last number do you think will last the longest? I am looking between last # 65 and #42 and the way in which one typically walks. It seems as though last #65 may handle the usage better because of the way in which the show is created with the toe naturally pointed upward. Last #45, like so many other shoes, looks like it may have to bend more. Long question, so any reply is very appreciated.

  • If your products have French names please learn to pronounce them properly.

  • Saphir Renovateur…
    Saphir Renovateur…
    Saphir Renovateur…

  • Why would you want to buy used shoes

  • I apply my renovateur with my fingers…massage it in…it's too much to waste on a cloth…

  • Used shoes—NASTY

  • Man….you have taught me a ton. I want to get some supplies

  • Just think of all of the urinals this pair of shoes has stood in front of. And you r holding the sole in your hand. U disgust me

  • Loved this video, I found a pair of Fifth Avenue ones for 3 bucks, yes, 3 bucks the sole is a little worn but I can't hate because of the price, and restored them as well, some people don't understand that the cost of these shoes comes with their long lasting life, and the fact that they can be restored to near to perfect condition with a bit of love, restoring is a great hobby of mine. Amazing videos and keep it up

  • Nothing "nourishes" dead animal skin. I find this verbiage a little macabre. The leather is tanned, preserved and stabilized. I think it's beyond being nourished. I do love his eBay shoes. What I love about the video: Kirby is renovating something old, maximizing its usefulness. I just bought some Allen Edmond shoes at Goodwill for $12.95 in my size. I used Kiwi polish. Man, they're nice! Great video, Kirby!

  • What about the inside where someone else's nasty feet have been???

  • No thanks, it's like buying a used mattress!

  • This is the gayest how to video ever made

  • I am looking for a leather restorer kit. I got some of these I got some identical shoes for seven dollars at the thrift store 🙂

  • so you spent $63 on a $50 challenge ? You failed. This is how disconnected your head was from the real world and this video should have ended on 30 second mark.

  • ‘We wrapped them individually’ ? His own shoes stuck in a box ???

  • Kirby "shammy" allison

  • Anyone have any tips on brands to get from eBay?

  • Very nice. I will never be one to afford a $400 pair of shoes but I could buy a pair used for $50 and try what you did for a few more dollars. My tastes are high but my wallet is low. Thanks for the "show how."

  • gotta ask this, i see a lot of people saying vaseline can be used to condition leather shoes. Has anyone tried this?

  • Any before and after pics?

  • Well dressed shoe shine boy?!

  • $120 and send them into Allen Edmonds for reconditioning. That includes, top leather stretch, new welt, new cork, new sole, new heel, and polish.

  • Am I the only one who thinks it's gross to wear used shoes? Also, doesn't real leather absorb sweat?

  • You have inspired me sir. I've been watching your videos and I was at a local clothing exchange and saw these cheap Aldos that had real nice walnut color for eleven bucks, half off the normal price. I said what the hell, and bought them. The leather is stretched out on the upper so I tried a sneakerhead method to minimize the creases with a damp towel and clothes iron. Worked pretty good, looks a little worse than the ones you just finished in this vid. They were quite wrinkled and felt loose when I tried them on. Your videos had me salivating for some Allen Edmonds and I hopped on Ebay and saw what fifty bucks and some quality products can do. I'm already fighting a serious shoe addiction and I think I see a new habit forming. If I can make up my mind on what AE I want, I will be stopping by HP and probably start off with something like the fifty in products you mentioned in a response below. I was amazed at the results I got with cheap products. Sorry for the length, but your vids are the first that actually had me produce my first successful mirror shine. I've only been trying for the last 5 years. But, using cheap products takes a long time, (for me). I have to confess, as an experiment on the other shoe, I used about 4 separate layers of wax and a hair drier on the other shoe and would heat until first layer melted in, then using my drill with a very light buffing wheel and light touch, started buffing. Of course, mine is not nearly as meditative and relaxing. Thank you for all the tips. Subbed.

  • Sorry bud, I bought some Allen Edmonds for $25 ($34 with shipping) and they look fantastic after dumping $230 worth of Saphir products on them. Your move chief

  • Saphir, saphir, saphir…. Buy buy!!!
    What a scam this.

  • Bla bla bla sell sell sell

  • Unfortunately bought a Sapphire once its no better than Kiwi who ever it's promoting this Sapphire crap its lying to you trust me I compared both same shit dont waste your money

  • Hi Kirby, may I know how to get rid of the imprint in the insole? Must we resole the shoes or is there another easier trick?

  • Awesome! Thx so much for the great tutorial. I’ll check out to see if you have a video on repairing detached shoe tips from the soles in women’s high quality Italian leather shoes. But, if you don’t have one made, couple you please do one on it? Thx so much! Megan

  • Hi Mr. Kirby what AE model is this? Thanks God bless

  • Do I have to remove the polish built up in the pitting of the brogues?

  • I just got some lightly-used black Allen Edmonds Sanfords for $40 — their full retail, new, is $400! Can't wait to condition and wear these fantastic shoes. I already like how the insoles' contours seemingly hug the lower portions of my feet.

  • Hi Kirby, I have a pair of chestnut Allen Edmonds Fairfax shoes whose toes are fairly scratched-up. I looked at the repair creme on your site, but I noticed no option for chestnut. What would be the closest hue to that of these shoes, of the options listed on the site? Thank you.

  • I'm sat here with a bag of old shoes to take to the charity shop and now I have a sudden urge to make them all sparkle before I take them in.

  • When did ae sell out and make the shoes outside USA?

  • What would you do to the interior of the shoe before wearing? The guy that sold them could have smelly feet, foot fungus, verrucas, etc… Surely some sort of treatment is needed?

  • @0:45 LOL!

  • Friends don't let friends use kiwi products….

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