First Shoe Polish: George Cleverley Baron de Redé Loafers

Hi I’m Kirby Allison founder of the Hanger Project and here at the Hanger Project we
love to help the well-dressed take care of their
wardrobes. In today’s video I’m going to be
polishing my George Cleverley Baron de Rede bespoke shoes for the first time. Now this is my second pair of Baron de Rede loafers, or casuals, and my 6th pair of bespoke shoes from Cleverley, and I have to say I couldn’t be any more happy with how these shoes have
turned out. Those of you who have seen some of our other videos you’re aware of the evolutionary process along with this particular Baron de Rede model. This Baron de Rede model is one of the samples that Cleverley travels
around with and if anyone’s had an
opportunity to go to a cleverly trunk show and actually see the Baron de Rede
shoes in person they are absolutely incredible. This man had some of the
most beautiful shoes that’s come out of any shoe maker in London and he had an incredible collection
of shoes. So many shoes that towards the end
of his life he actually gave some of those
back to Cleverley to travel around with. George Cleverley Sr. tells a
really funny story where Baron de Rede in his later years was
chauffeured from his hotel in a Rolls Royce to the royal arcade. And he’d get out a Rolls Royce you know walk about 15 feet you know to the Cleverley shop and walk inside and out you know there he’d chat with George for hours and one day he came with a bag full of a few of his
shoes and gave them to George and said you know Mr. Glasgow you know you might like to have these shoes. I think that if you were to put them
in your shop window you’d probably sell
quite a few pairs. So he certainly was a man who very much knew or had confidence in his style and his elegance and you know really worked with them to create some absolutely
incredible beautiful shoes. And this Baron de Rede loafer is
probably one of the most beautiful elegant casual shoes that I’ve ever come across. First pair I commissioned was in a
brown pigskin with some antiquing and I loved them so much but they needed a little bit more
work on the pattern that I decided to have this burgundy pair commissioned in pigskin also. So this second pair you know Cleverley really just absolutely nailed this as you can
see they were able to elongate the vamp you know pull this back and really sweep it towards the hindquarters and it just creates an absolutely
incredible sleek elegant shoe that I’ve honestly fallen in love with you know another detail that
you’ll see is that this detail across the vamp is actually hand sewn and it just creates a little bit
more texture and a little bit stronger of a lip as that comes across. And that’s another one of those
bespoke details. It has of course an absolutely beautiful heel as you can see the way that this heel is built
up. There’s a little bit taller with a slight pitch and you know where the hindquarters meets the heel you can see there’s
absolutely no gap. I mean this is executed perfectly. And then if you look at the heel you
know like this you can see again the
hallmarks of a bespoke heel where it’s really
built to kind of follow along the lines and the silhouette of the shoe
itself. And you can see it’s pitched in a
little bit more on the interior edge than it is on
the outside edge again kind of one of those bespoke hallmarks has a nice tight waist and then just a beautiful kind of
elegant shape to it so absolutely beautiful. I’m so happy with this I’ve actually
ordered another third pair in black. And I was having a conversation with a friend of mine about you know this shoe in particular and how I’ve got it and Brown, I’ve just received a pair of burgundy and that I’ve commissioned another
pair in black pigskin also and that I was kind of thinking to myself on an airplane that I sure would love to have this pair in like a crocodile, a dark brown crocodile also, and he was giving me a hard time. He was like well how many
pairs of the same shoes do you need? And you know my response was Well they’re all different colors and made from different materials
they’re different shoes I can never have too many. And the beauty of bespoke is once you find something that you
truly fall in love with you can have as many
pairs made as you want and that is perfectly OK and acceptable. Another thing that I love about this
particular shoe is it just really personifies kind of bespoke experience to me and that you know bespoke is a
process it’s not a result. The difference in the first shoe to
the second pair that you see right here really represents the evolution of that collaboration between a client and his shoemaker to really develop and evolve not just the fit of the last but also even the patterns that are
being used to make the particular shoes themselves. So I’ve worn these you know faithfully over a few months and haven’t had an opportunity to
polish them yet. And so in this video we’re doing a first polishing for these George Cleverley bespoke Baron de Rede pigskin loafers. So since these are a relatively new pair of shoes what I’m going to do is really kind of light
polishing. I want to start off with some Saphir Renovateur just to condition and further hydrate this leather and then I’m going to do just a real
light coat of a burgundy Saphir Pommadier cream polish. I don’t think that the shoes need
much pigment because again they’re so
new. And then what I’m going to really
focus on here is just giving it a really nice kind of wax finish. Pigskin does a great job really kind of absorbing and soaking in that wax and you can get just an absolutely
beautiful polish in a pair of pigskin shoes. So I’m going to start with a little bit of mirror gloss
kind of around the toe and then buff it off to kind of a light shine, not a super high gloss shine because
again this is a casual shoe but just a nice kind of elevated
shine to really show these shoes are a pair that are well looked
after. As with all of our videos if you
have any questions about this process or anything that I’m doing in this
video feel free to ask them in the
comments section below. I always get back to those comments
personally and I love to hear the type of
questions that you guys have because I want to help
you guys elevate your shine game. The first step is going to be to
condition the shoes using the Saphir
Renovateur. And I really prefer to apply my Saphir Renovateur and really all my
cream polishes using a cotton chamois. But you can also use a dauber just as fine. You know the dauber uses a little bit more polish so you have to spend
a little bit more time buffing. I like to use a chamois now because I particularly feel like I really can control the amount of
polish that I’m applying. So I’m going to apply some Saphir Renovateur on the tip of my cotton chamois and then I like to just kind of blot
it around the shoes so that whenever
you first take the chamois to the shoe itself
you don’t end up with this huge blob of polish in one area. I find that that kind of helps me
spread it out and then I’m just going to massage
this into the leather using medium to firm pressure. And circular motions. So again the purpose here is to just
hydrate this leather the Saphir Renovateur is really like liquid
gold. You know it can be used on almost anything. I mean any smooth leather whether it be cordovan, pigskin, calfskin, crocodile, alligator, ostrich. I mean Saphir Renovateur can be used on practically anything. And it’s just such a great product. I mean I call it liquid gold because for one it’s so effective and really kind of hydrating and nourishing the leather. And then secondly it’s just a
versatile product which I appreciate. OK so once I applied the Saphir Renovateur I’m going to set this
aside and then while that’s drying I’m
going to repeat the same process with the other shoe. Now another thing that I really love
about these loafers is again just how big of an evolution they were between the first pair and this one really in like all the best ways I mean not only were we really able to work on the pattern and heighten the
elegance and sleekness in my opinion. Working with Adam Law, the head last maker at Cleverley we were able to absolutely nail the fit. I mean these shoes fit like gloves and for a casual to fit so well, because there’s so much kind of less
shoe to really kind of conform and hug the foot it’s even more difficult. You know a lot of shoemakers actually require that you have several pairs of
Oxfords made before they’ll even attempt to do a
casual just because you know they want to perfect the last as much as possible before they step into casual
territory just because it’s so much more difficult to get the last
to fit the foot well. Now the left shoe has dried and so I’m going to buff the polish off and one of the things that I use for this pigskin shoe is our new Hanger Project pig bristle brush. This has the absolute highest quality pig bristle that is available and it’s cut to a 30 millimetre cut length and so it’s a really long pig
bristle and I like that because it still
maintains the stiffness of pig bristle without being too rigid or hard which is what you can find and some of the
pig bristle brushes cut to a shorter bristle length and then as you can see here it just
has absolutely incredible density and so the slightly stiffer bristle of a pig bristle brush is really
great for any type of leather with texture. So pigskin hatch grain pebble grain any type of textured leather that is really prone to the
accumulation of polish. You’re going to do a much better job
buffing the polish off the leather using a pig
bristle brush than you will with a horsehair brush. It’s not to say that you can’t use a
horsehair brush it that’s the only brush you have. You probably just need to spend a
little bit more time and a little bit more effort
brushing the shoe. But if you have a pig
bristle brush I absolutely recommend it for
a for any type of textured leather. Another characteristic of the Saphir Renovateur that I really like is
that it’s a conditioner but it also
contains a really light amount of soft waxes. So in addition to the nourishment of
the leather you’re still able to buff a really
nice soft shine out of the Saphir Renovateur. Okay so I think I’ve got all the
polish off, I’m gonna set this aside and then buff the other shoe. So it’s just one coat of the Saphir
Renovateur, really brought up a nice soft shine. And honestly for a lot of people
this may be enough shine for a pair of shoes. I really want to take it a little
bit farther. I want to continue to evolve this
shoe. The patina the depth of the color. And so next we’re going to do as I’m
going to apply some of the Saphir Medaille d’OR Pommadier Cream Polish in a pigmented burgundy color. Here at the Hanger Project, we really recommend the primary use
of a pigmented cream polish in the
regular care of your shoes because not only is the Pommadier cream
polish going to do a fantastic job further conditioning the leather and keeping it soft and supple hydrated preventing any type of drying that may lead to
cracking. But every pair of shoes needs pigment every once in a while just
to renew the finish. So this is a new pair of shoes I’ve
worn them you know probably I don’t know 10, 15 times in the last two or three months. You know they don’t need a ton of
pigment but I’m going to add some anyway
just because I want to give the finish a little bit of additional depth. One of the great things about the
Saphir Medaille d’Or is that there are so many different colors so you know we actually have a burgundy color polish. I know it’s a perfect match but you know matching your polish is
more of an art than it is a science. You know if you have a perfect match
that’s great but it’s really not that necessary
because although there is a very strong pigment in a cream polish it still has a
certain level of transparency. So it’s not like you’re going to
totally alter the finish of your shoe just by applying a few coats of a
cream polish. But I’m going to apply the Saphir Pommadier cream polish in the same
way that I applied the Saphir Renovateur that’s just using my cotton chamois and you know less is more. And you don’t want to put too much
polish because it just begins to gunk and you have to spend more time
buffing it off but you’re going to massage this in again. Medium to firm pressure. Small circular motions and I’m just trying to get this into
the leather. If you have any type of scratching or scuffing, the pigmented cream polish is going to be what conceals that. But even if you don’t have any
scratching your scuffing it’s always nice to put a bit of
pigment on the shoes just because it helps
renew that finish. OK so I’ve got that on the shoe I’m going to set that aside and then begin to work on the right
shoe. Polish has been applied. I’m gonna set this aside. I’m gonna pull out the left shoe. Again I’m going to buff it using the
same pig bristle brush. Now this is an important note. I’m using the dark bristle because the burgundy is more of a
darker polish and so I wouldn’t want to use this same brush to buff say a light brown pair of shoe because then I could end up with streaking. So it’s always good to have a shoe
shine brush that you use for your dark polishes. Normally just identified by a dark bristle and then a second shoe shine brush with lighter bristles that you use
for all your light colored polishes. I mean you can really just see the
shape that they got with his waist here. I mean this is really absolutely
incredible and this is to me again the pinnacle of elegance and craftsmanship is to just be able to sculpt this outsole like this you know still have an instep that’s supported is really just the hallmark of a great shoemaker. So we’ve got two coats of polish
we’ve got one coat of The Saphir Renovateur we’ve got a coat of the Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish. With each successive coat of polish you’re going to be applying
more waxes to the leather itself. And with that you’re going to see
the shine begin to elevate. Now there is a functional limit to
how shiny you can get a pair of shoes using
cream polishes because there’s not a high
concentration of hard waxes in the cream polish. Now the wax isn’t a proper cream
Polish like Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish is really more of the softer waxes so you are able to get a nice soft shine you don’t have to worry about
any type of cracking. You know they’re easy to kind of
shine by just simply buffing with the brush but you’re not going to get that
really kind of elevated high shine that you
get with the wax polish. So next I’m going to apply one coat of wax polish in a burgundy again just to further elevate the shine I don’t
want to take it too high. But I would like to bring it up a
little bit and it’s always good to have one
coat of a wax of a hard wax polish on a pair of shoes just to give the
shoes that extra bit of waterproofing and protection that you get with those harder waxes. I’ve got the Saphir Pate de Luxe wax polish in Burgundy
also. And so I’m going to apply this using
a cotton chamois but I’m not going to use the same
cotton chamois I used to apply the cream Polish really with my waxes. I prefer to use the Hanger Project High shine Chamois
that we have made out of a really high quality ibiza 180 cotton shirting. It’s an absolutely incredible
chamois and perfect for applying polish
because it really allows you to control the amount that you’re applying and then once you get to the point
where the stage where you’re actually kind of developing that mirror shine with the chamois, now all of the best shoe shiners around the world, you’ll always find them using cotton shirting not a plush chamois whenever doing a mirror gloss. So I’m gonna apply the wax polish in
the same way. I’ve got some of my cotton chamois and I’m just going to apply again. With a medium to firm pressure. Small circular motions. And again this isn’t the mirror shine process right here so you can be a little bit more
generous in the application of your wax polish because I’m going
about this off with a horsehair brush. You don’t need to apply as thin of a
layer as you would with a mirror shine. Applying some extra polish to the
heel. Again just to protect the shoe. You’re on the instep. OK I’m going to set this aside. Let that polish begin to dry. You have a small fan you can always
place that underneath the fan. It’ll just help accelerate the
drying of the polish. The Saphir Pate de Luxe is an
absolute pleasure to use. If you haven’t seen the video when we compare the Pate de Luxe with other polishes, search for it on our YouTube channel I believe the title of the video is “What’s the Best Shoe Polish” and we really demonstrate in that
video conclusively the fundamental difference between the Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish and a lot of the other polishes you
find out there in the market place and that you know the most important kind of differentiator and most important there are several but one of the major points of
differentiation of the Saphir Pate de Luxe is that
it uses really high quality pine based turpentine and it has a much higher
concentration of turpentine or the solvent than other polishes. And so what you get with the Saphir
Pate de Luxe it’s going to penetrate into
the leather so much more effectively than
ordinary polishes deliver that nourishment. You know to help penetrate and really soak those waxes into the leather. In addition to that you know there’s no question that
the Saphir Pate de Luxe uses a higher
quality of wax, the carnauba, the montan wax the beeswax has over seven different types of
waxes in the formulation just to provide a really high quality shine that isn’t just high quality but persistent and long lasting and those are some of the
characteristics that our customers really come back to us and talk to us most about with the Saphir polish is not only were they able to work out just
an absolutely incredible shine but they’re surprised at how long it
lasted. Now that this polish has dried I’m
going to buff it off I’m going to use a horsehair
brush. Now just because you know I want to buff at a faster speed to really elevate the shine of this polish I don’t want to take
too much of it off because again the purpose is to kind of leave this on the shoe so I’m going to buff a little bit
more than I would if I had a pig bristle brush because the
bristles softer on this horse hair brush but it’s still going to do the job. So it’s the friction of the bristle and the heat that that creates on the wax that actually creates a
shine. So you really want to brush quite
vigorously back and forth because that’s what’s going to really cause those
waxes to shine off. So again just one coat of the Saphir Pate de Luxe. And you can see
the shine is significantly elevated beyond where we were just with the cream polishes I want to try buffing just a little bit
more now with our new horsehair buffing brush. This has. A 38 millimetre cut length on the bristle and so I’m just going to see if this
elevates the shine. So the Hanger Project buffing brush really a perfect brush for maintenance because it has such a long kind of
soft horsehair bristle. It’s not going to disrupt the shine. But at that same time it’s still
going to provide a nice soft buff to again kind of rebuff those waxes to the extent that they build. So I really like to have one of
these in my closet. You know what I’ll do is at the
beginning of the day you know before I leave I’ll just buff the shoes real quickly to kind
of clean them off any dust they may
have accumulated and kind of massage them. And then at the end of the day I
always buff down my shoes for a few minutes just because I
want to get any of that dirt that’s kind
of accumulated on top of the upper part of the shoe before I put it down to store. So here we are. Really nice shine. I’m going to apply a little bit of the Mirror Gloss using the cotton
chamois just to further elevate the shine around
the toe box and just kind of see how that
works. So let’s do that next. So in order to really elevate the
shine here on the toe I’m going to use the Saphir Mirror Gloss which is a new product that we worked with Saphir to actually develop for the market place. And what this does is it has a much higher concentration of those hard waxes the montan wax you know this really hard waxes that develop that high gloss shine. And it’s a much dryer polish much less solvent in here. And so it’s really good at developing it’s kind of that
foundation of hard waxes that serves as the basis for a nice high gloss shine. It really accelerates the process of
elevating the shine I mean whereas you’d have
to spend 20 30 minutes with the Pate de Luxe because it’s
quite wet it’s got a lot of solvents in it with the Mirror Gloss, I mean you can really in five to ten
minutes do a lot of work. Since I’m using a neutral Mirror Gloss here I’m actually going to use
a neutral Pate de Luxe for that kind of final
buffing. The reason is is that Mirror Gloss is so much more effective whenever
you apply the Mirror Gloss as a foundation and then you buff it with the higher solvent Pate de Luxe and I don’t want to take the burgundy Pate de Luxe and you know into my Mirror Gloss because it will turn this red. So I prefer not to do that. So again I mean the Mirror Gloss as
you can see is an incredibly hard wax I’m pressing down on this right
here. I mean you can really see how much
harder that same amount of pressure on the Pate de Luxe you know I’d
push my finger all the way through it. But you want to apply a pretty firm amount of pressure to really
get some of this wax out. I mean sometimes you can actually
even use a dauber to help roughen the surface a little bit as you’re
beginning just to kind of break that up and soften it up a little bit but I’ve got it here and I’m just applying it. Really on the front of the shoe. Now I have the benefit of having worn the shoes so I can see kind of where the vamp is starting to crease. So whenever you’re doing anything with the Mirror Gloss you really
want to keep it forward of any of the creasing because if you develop a nice kind of mirror shine with the Mirror Gloss and then flex that leather it’ll crack immediately and begin to develop kind of some white residue. So this is something you really just
want to keep you know on the hard countered areas of the shoe where you’re not going to have to worry about any cracking. So I’m going to let that dry. And I’m going to do the same to the
toe here and again medium to firm pressure to really get some of this
on my chamois. Again you know here I can stand to be a little bit liberal because
again I want to develop that foundation. It dries quite quickly again because
it doesn’t have a high olvent content but I’m going a second coat again just right on top of that first. So I’ll let this dry a little bit and then what we’re going to do is we’re going to find a clean area of the chamois. Wrap this in my hand and then what I want to do is I’m
going to first just take a little bit of water using my water dispenser and I’m just going to be again kind
of buffing this. Now this is the real kind of you know magic portion of the process if you will. You really can’t rush it. Little bit of water a little bit of just the Pate de Luxe you just need to sit here and buff this to use your shine begin to develop. Now with the texture of this pigskin you know we’re not going to see a
high gloss shine like you would on a truly smooth leather. But we will certainly still see the
shine elevate. With a bit of wax again that’s just going to help. Provide that little bit of
polishing. I’m gonna set that aside for a few
seconds let that continue to dry, really important that those hard
waxes dry because otherwise it won’t develop to a nice high gloss shine because
you’re essentially just pushing those waxes around. Because of the textured surface of this pigskin it’s taken a lot longer to develop the shine that we have here than it
would have on a smooth leather. The reason is in order to produce
that shine what you’re doing is you’re
smoothing the surface out so that light reflects. And so because it’s an inconsistent surface to begin with it just takes that much longer to really build that shine. So I’ve had to spend a little bit
more time you know really kind of rubbing and kind of building those layers up
than I would have otherwise. I think this is a really nice soft
shine. I mean it’s certainly not a mirror shine but that’s not what I
was going for here. Really I just wanted a little bit of extra shine on the toe here just to give it a little bit of a
pop but without being too loud and I think that have achieved that. So I’m really happy with this. The Mirror Gloss is an absolutely phenomenal product. I mean it’s one of the
biggest hacks for mirror shine since the high shine chamois and so anyone that’s spending a lot
of time and really enjoys kind of
elevating the shine, I mean I don’t know how
you can live without the Mirror Gloss now that it’s
available. The only thing left outstanding on these shoes that I’d like to do
is to apply a little bit of that Mirror Gloss
onto the edges and the heels just to further kind of elevate that
shine. I feel like edges and heels are
often the most neglected part of a shoe. Even someone that’s spending a lot
of time taking good care of their shoes often is not paying proper attention to the edges and heels and a properly shined edge and heel I feel like is really the
final detail of that final 5, 10 percent that really really sets a shoe. The Mirror Gloss is exceptional for developing that high shine on the
edges and heels because again it’s such a high concentration of hard waxes and that’s really all you need or at all you want the edges and heals just those hard waxes that
you can buff to a shine. So what I’m going to do is I’m going
to use a welt dauber. And I’m going to apply a pretty generous amount of Mirror Gloss using the dauber. You can see this here. I’ve got a pretty generous amount of this
hard wax. And the reason that it’s okay to feel a little bit more generous here
is because again you’re going to pretty vigorously buff this off using a dauber. So you don’t have to worry about it accumulating too much. So again I’m going to just apply this. You can see it’s a pretty thick
application I mean you would never do that to the leather
itself. But it’s OK on the edges and heels especially the heel. I’ve got the heel down. And then what I’m going to do is I’m
just going to go through here and apply this onto the welt. Not the welt, but the edge. Even smoothing it out a little bit with my finger just to make sure that I’ve got it. So I’m gonna set this aside because it’s a pretty thick coat I’m going
to need to allow that you know probably 20 minutes to fully dry. And then what we’re going to do is
we’re going to buff it off using a another dauber I’m just going to allow this a
little bit of extra time to dry and then we’re going to buff
it off. I’ve allowed the Saphir Mirror Gloss
to dry. So the waxes have hardened. And so what I’m going to do next is I’m going to buff those to shine using a pig bristle dauber. Now you can also use a cotton chamois if you were gonna be doing this with the cotton chamois which we might actually try both is
you just would put it on your thumb and kind of really work it to a high
shine. I would use a plusher cotton chamois I wouldn’t use the high shine
chamois for this because you know you really want as much
friction as possible but I normally just use pig bristle dauber. And what you’re going to do is again you’re just going to buff that hard wax to a nice soft shine. And as you can see it really doesn’t
take much work. Glazing your edges in heels is just like the mirror shine process. You know the more coats of waxes you
apply the higher the shine is going to be. I normally just stop at one but there’s really nothing stopping
you from doing several coats of a Mirror Gloss to the edges and heels to really get a nice
beautiful high shine. If you’re doing that I would
absolutely transition at some point to just
using the chamois because the smoother surface is going to further elevate that shine. So there you go. I mean just a
little bit of buffing we’ve got a pretty nice
shine developed there. I mean certainly more than no shine at all. And I think it really just makes a
big difference in the overall look of the shoe. So I’m just using the common chamois especially on the edge it’s actually
easier to kind of get the chamois in between
your index finger and your thumb and just kind of really work that higher gloss shine. And there we go pretty nice so I want to do the other shoe. So I’m going to start again in this dauber because I feel like it
does a better job at the beginning. Then I’m going to transition to the
chamois just to finish it off because again I can get this wrapped around my thumb. And with this real kind of tight edge and really get in here much better
actually. If you look at this we’ve got a real
nice kind of elevated shine on the edges and heels again. It’s just that kind of final you know five to 10 percent that really sets apart a well maintained shoe from the rest of the crowd. Again you know you can shine your
edges in heels to your heart’s desire. This is just one coat of the Saphir Mirror Gloss. You know I might even keep these
shoes around the office for a few extra days and try to apply a few more coats to kind of just see how
shiny I can take that. The true experts can glaze edges and heels to a mirror shine, it’s absolutely incredible and you see it. Hard to maintain but looks beautiful. I think this will do it for us
today. So here we are. My Baron de Rede burgundy pigskin loafers. Absolutely beautiful. Nice shine. Taken to the next level. The first polish you know, I always enjoy the first Polish for a new pair of shoes it really
gives me an opportunity to kind of slow
down savor really enjoy these shoes I always do
it honestly after I’ve worn them a few times as I’ve done in this case. And anyway. I mean right now these are probably my favorite pair of shoes I
mean between this and the new Dimitri Gomez shoes. It’s hard to hard to have favorites kind of like
your children you know. Which one do you love
most? Hard to say but I really enjoy these. Right now they’re certainly my
favorite shoe at the moment. I’ve got another pair of being made in a black pigskin. And honestly I mean I just enjoy wearing these so much especially
here in Texas that I’d love to have a pair made
out of a dark brown crocodile. I’m not a big crocodile guy but I think I can go for a pair of
these in a dark brown crocodile. Shoot, I could even do a dark brown
suede. So you know once you find a shoe
that you love I mean why not have it made out of every single material. If you have any questions about this
process please feel free to ask them in the
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  • Kirby, this is my favourite of all your shoes, the colour and grain are outstanding!
    Deep brown croc would look incredible. They style I think also lends itself to a deep green. I love these first polishing videos.

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful 2018, best regards, Ian.

  • Oh, I would love for you to do a video on your wristwatches. I collect vintage watches. I notice you have a lovely two tone datejust and have seen a nice looking gold watch but am not sure what that is.

  • I do not mean to be imposing, but since you’re a Texan like I am, would you consider one video talking about the cowboy boot?

  • Hello!
    Is that a suit with standard or wide lapels?

  • I didn't know you could shine your heels and edges with Mirror Gloss. Thanks for the tip.

  • What’s your opinion on designer sneakers becoming popular as an alternative to dress shoes?

  • Another intimate and engaging video, Mr. Allison! Thank you. Just like your new Gomez shoes video it is so relaxing to watch. Even though most of the time I know in advance what you're about to say it is only a proof of how familiar I became with your style. Never too much of this kind of talk. It is almost like to hang out with you. You use a very nice brush as well, LOL. Best regards.

  • Agree, master class!

  • Hello. Do you think that the Saphir renovateur could be used for conditioning a watch´s crocodile leather strap?

  • I’m convinced that I want and need a pair of what you show case. Love the color and the style. Should I just go to one of their trunks shows and ask for Kirby Allison loafers in red pig skin? Would they know what I’m talking about?

  • What is age range for wearing loafers? Some people have negative opinions when younger people (in their 20s) wear them. Are loafers really for older guys or everyone can wear them?
    Thanks for the videos!

  • Go for the crocs ! ?

  • I have a question about the video.

  • thank you as always

  • Kirby, Would you be able to direct me to any RTW brands which have pigskin loafers. I really love the material but I dun wish to go bespoke just yet? Thanks

  • thanks for another informative video there, kirby. one thing i don't quite understand is that you added a first coat of wax, and then applied the mirror gloss, but didn't seem to apply another coat of wax on top of the mirror gloss. i believe in a previous video you did do so in order to protect the mirror gloss layer and let it "solidify" into the shoe.

  • I am a bit confused about which brushes to have to clean and buff shoes. In my case I own two brushes. One black and another neutral colour. I use the black one to clean and buff my black shoes and the neutral one to clean and buff my colour 8 cordovan shoes. If I ever buy a whiskey or light brown pair of shoes would I have to buy another brush or can I use the same brush that I use for my colour 8? Should I keep cleaning my shoes with the same brush that I use to buff the creams and polishes?

  • Must be nice being wealthy! I got pair of Walmart special George brand shoes!

  • Two questions, Kirby; have you worn these loafers sockless? And, noticing the manicure on your hands, do you have pedicure as well?

  • I can't buy Shaphir here on Mexico, I even tried Amazon to no use. Shame.

  • love your work l learn something everyday thank you

  • Could you do videos like this without background music? As a musician I find it hard to focus on the information. 🙂 It would be great to be able to really hear the polish cloth on the leather, too!

  • The skin on those shoes look great.

  • Again it's de RAYDAY

  • I like the tie. Could tell me the blade size?

  • How does one remain a gent if one hasn't a pot to piss in ?only I'm on my uppers dear boy.

  • Can we use Saphir Renovateur on Chromexcel?

  • A cowboy boot, sneakers, flip flops, and how about bunny a pair of bespoke bunny slippers?

  • 14:45 the love in your eyes when you admire the waist really shows your love for the shoes … Love from India

  • Hi Kirby,
    thank you for the great video! I've read recently that the first polishing of a new pair shouldn't be mirror shine. The article lacked of an explanation why a mirror shine is not recommended. Could you please give me your opinion on this subject and perhaps an argument for or against the state of the article?

    Have a lovely Sunday!

    Kind regards,

  • I’ve watched a few of your videos and the word is like nails on a blackboard, Glasgow is said Glaasgo not glassgow.

  • Next up: Baron de redy shoes with 18 carat gold plated detailed horsebit hardware? Yay or nay? Anything you would seriously consider? Intresting in my opinion (I know I've mentioned it before.)

  • When you said you buff your shoes at the end of the day, do you buff the toe caps as well? If that is so wouldn't it scratch any smooth mirror shines built?

  • I just bought a vintage pair of bespoke half-brogue Oxfords Cleverley's and it's really cool!

  • Hi Kirby, thank you for the great video

  • Why do you not treat the soles either with sole oil or like I do with shoe cream of the same colour of the shoe as the light colour soles attracts the eye when you are sitting for example and do not look very classy in my opinion

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