Wax VS Cream Shoe Polish: Demonstration

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  • I just have a question about the little stack of Saphir Cream Polishes you have, what colour is the one on the 2nd row from the bottom and to the right, it looks like a tan colour or is that their light brown cream polish??
    Great video btw!

  • Thanks for your videos. I am from India. You may probably consider yourself way out of my (and most Indians) league, since most of us cannot possibly afford shoes costing over 125 $. Much as I would love to own shoes made out of shell cordovan or fine grain leather, I simply can't afford them. Nothing much available here on eBay either. But the fact is, I have , with regular polishing ( and not much else ) got as much as 5 years use from my simple genuine leather shoes. My question is, can you recommend cheaper products than Saphir to care for shoes; Sophie products cost almost as much as I would pay for the shoes themselves!

  • Shining shoes is not a science….  Well maybe for millennials…  They just throw stuff away…

  • Lol wow…you might be the world's foremost authority on the subject of polishing mens dress shoes!

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  • Thanks so much for another great video…
    Can I ask if you have actually tried leaving the cream coat on overnight?
    I ask because the last 2 creams I have purchased and used have dried up over night and left a hard substance between stitching and joints generally including any patterning…. the cream is a cobbler cream and designed, as I understand, to moisturise and nourish the leather. I always used to like leaving any cream or oil on overnight whilst also being generous with my application and previously that was never a problem, the last 2 types of cream I bought were bought specifically because they were made using only natural products. So this is why I ask.

    Thanks again for a very informative and well presented tutorial.

    I am a recent subscriber and have spent most of my free time recently catching up with your videos, all of which I have found very interesting and in some cases very reassuring. Thanks

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  • dude, you totally dominate the show shine videos on this site, props to you sir, you found an empty niche and wasted no time in total occupation of the topic, you should just start your own website, ill bet you have a pretty loyal following as it is – u can call it like… shyouShine or ShuShine.com or U-shine.com or YouBuff, since "shoe" and "you" rhyme you know, it should be something clever like that cuz one key component to make it successful is giving it a witty clever domain name; something ANYone can remember, and since nearly everyone knows youtube, you can take advantage of that build on its already established name

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  • Kirby: Do I need more than one horse hair brush? I’m so afraid that my brush used on my black shoes will discolor my other colored shoes when brushing. Please advise. I just don’t want to ruin my beautiful burgundy shoes, as well as my others.

  • Hello, what kind of Saphir product should I use in greased leather shoes? I have a pair of Lottusse brogue shoes and I feel I should not use hard wax or even cream. Any advice is welcome!

  • Does Allen Edmonds make shoes for women?

  • Really helpful, thanks

  • Perhaps the most important lesson here, don’t apply too much hard wax, it’s easy to overdo it and difficult to remove and those white cloudy lines are very unsightly. I put way too much on a pair of Fiorentini+Baker boots, it multiple de-applications and two bottles of Renomat to remove the redundant layers. It’s also a good idea to watch all these videos as otherwise you might not learn that all old waxes have to be removed once or twice a year, shoes cleaned to their leather so there’s nothing left and then the whole regimen applied again; Renovateur, Pommadier, Pate de Luxe (or Mirror polish).

  • OMG!…you didn't remove the laces

  • Informative video Kirby.

  • I have some boots made of pull-up leather. What Saphir products do you recommend and polishing techniques. Cannot find any good videos discussing pull-up leather shoes/boot.

  • great video Kirby, please don't eat my planet

  • brilliant,

  • No need for a separate conditioner? The cream polish with also condition?

  • Hi. Thanks for the instructional video. I have a quetion though. I have a nice pair of cowboy boots. We used a wax polish on them last week. They hadn't been polished or anything before. My boot shop gave me a bottle of Kelly's cream. Ddo i need to somehow remove the old wax polish before applying the cream?

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  • great info… but side note nice cardigan who makes that?

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  • I used a bee wax polish now my shoes looks like grecy.. what can i do… and i just orderd saphir high gloss … mirror gloss .. and black polish…

  • How can we polish basket weave type shoes?

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  • In my experience, that is way to much hard wax.

  • wouldnt be doing that with those white shirt cuffs touching the shoe

  • How do I remove deep scratches on shoes

  • My tube of black Meltonian cream must be 50 years old and still produces a beautiful shine that, unfortunately, is somewhat less durable than harder paste polishes.

  • My shoes have been cracking around the exact area you were saying. Ruined my expensive shoes. Will be using shoe cream going forward. And switching to sapphir

  • I'm a bootmaker and footwear repairman; retired after 40 years in the shoe retail and repair business. My best advice to preserve and care for your shoes or boots is to never use any product that soaks into the leather. Products like shoe creams, waterproofing oils or sprays are harmful to the leather if used regularly and a waste of money. The only product to put on shoes is wax polish. I always told my customers use it often but lightly. The best way to polish shoes is to spritz the outside of the shoe with water to remove the dust and slight dirt. If the shoe or boot is quite dirty then rinse it under a faucet with cold water, never warm or hot water. Before the shoe dries add a light coat of wax polish (I recommend Lincoln was polish but Kiwi is ok). Use a horsehair polish dauber or a cotton cloth and use a polish that is color similar. Though a neutral polish will protect it will add a slight white discoloration if applied to darker colored shoes. Neutral polish works best on white, beige or light grey tones. After applying the polish buff with a horsehair brush or a cotton cloth. I recommend this method for all leather shoes or boots no matter the environment. Polish often but lightly and the leather will respond even better in time and the process will become easier.

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  • Excellent, informative video!

    I have my first pair of high-quality dress shoes (Allen Edmonds Byrons) on their way. They're used and slightly damaged, but I thought that would be an excellent place to start, considering I don't want to make beginners' mistakes on a new pair. (And also, price! I got an excellent deal.) I have two questions concerning their care.

    First, there appears to be some cracking along the back lip/rim of the shoe (that is, the rim of the hole your foot goes in), though it may be just be puckering of the leather. It's hard to tell from the picture. For proper hydration, to prevent further breakage, is a cream polish left overnight sufficient, or should I use a more specific hydration cream? If so, what do you suggest? (Most, if not all, hydration creams I've found have been formulated for couches, boots, etc., so I don't know what they might do to shoes.)

    Second, you mentioned leaving little wax along the creasing part of the vamp, so as to avoid wax cracking lines. You suggest just 1-2 layers of wax. My question is: how often should I re-apply that coat along the creasing? Or, how many wears until I should? Or finally, how might I know when to?

    In case it helps, here is the listing for the pair I bought:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/654153640/allen-edmonds-byron-black-10e-leather?show_sold_out_detail=1

    Thank you!

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  • Thank you for the great video! I have two questions. have Allen Edmonds in walnut that I use the Saphir light brown creme polish. Could I get away with a incolor (neutral) pate de lux? Or should I always match the creme and polish? Additionally, I bought a pair of Florsheim from Macy’s. They have “leather upper” and are already shiny but probably not the best quality. How would I maintain the factory shine?

  • Kirby,
    Are there any difference between shoe manufacturer sold wax/creams vs saphir?
    For example, what's the difference between alden wax/creams vs saphir branded?
    If no differences, is it the case that saphir supplies alden branded wax/creams?
    P.S. do wax/creams have best-if-used-by dates?

  • 'A cotton chamy,' a contradiction in terms if ever I heard one. Your mirror shine vid is very good, had a little breakthrough, finally. Thank you.

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  • Generally, it's good practice to condition and buff your shoes with shoe trees inserted. You get the cream into creases better. But most of all, buffing with shoe trees in will counter crease manifestation (heat from buffing).

  • Hi I recently over applied kiwi brown wax polish and when I walk it creates white marks as you mentioned. What's the best way to remove them. Pls help.

  • What would you recommend for a pair of Italian handmade distressed leather red brown color?

  • For women's leather shoes, do you need to get a horse hair brush for the cream shoe polish (not pigmented) or will a clean cloth work as well? Thank you for the great tutorial.

  • Can you apply wax and later over that some cream to give the shoe some nutrients and then wax again? Is such layering alright? Can the cream reach the shoe through the wax?

  • I usually buff with a cloth. Is this advisable? I find a cloth gets the buff much faster.

  • is that burgundy (#8) or bordeaux (#8) ?

  • I love the look of my wax polished toe caps, with a gradient towards the body of the shoe. My problem is that it only takes a couple drops of rain to mess it up. If the leather underneath swells up, because of the saturation of the rain water, the wax cracks.

  • I have a question. Whenever I use a brush to buff off the Polish it doesn't bring back a shine. It does the opposite actually. I get better results with a microfiber towel. Am I doing something wrong?

  • 04:09 Fail XD

  • I have damaged the brouges of my shoes with brushes.

  • Hey son! where are your upper teeth ??? lol !

  • At 4:00 – 4:12 during the segment, you are editing from wax polish to cream polish. This is a mistake? We get it but you should quality control your video productions…. now my shoes have so much shine that approaching planes are being re-routed from too much glare!

  • I've never buffed any polish before. But im curious if doing that will give me the same type of shine as I would with cotton balls

  • You say "you know" alot.

  • Can I mirror shine my allen edmonds randolph loafers?

  • Lol you look like a young Mr. Rogers

  • Anyone notice his deeper voice in these older videos?

  • If the shoe is stripped of the finish and dye, will a pigmented cream polish suffice to both redye and finish with enough applications or would you recommend a full dye, finish, and then cream polish/wax polish?

  • This guy is awesome! He's like a young/old guy lol. Thank you so much for the tutorial and invitation for help 👊

  • Your missing a big step. After you apply wax use a hairdryer to melt the wax into the cracks and crevasses. There is no other way to do it. Unless you want to light them off. Then polish etc etc. etc etc.

  • I have a bottle of Beaute du Cuir,. How do I rehydrate it? Its all dried up.

  • Hello @kirby your videos are always very helpful. I have a question, I have a pair of chanel ballerina flats in white lambskin. They have some scuff , grass stains and yellowish stains. I would like to restore them and make them white again. Is there any paint I can use or other product?

  • Wow. Just found your video. Nice

  • Hi. Do I need to use a different brush for each cream color?

  • I like old Kirby way more than current Kirby. He is somehow way more credible

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