The benefit of owning such fantastic products means friends and family are constantly hitting us up for repairs. I finally decided to document the process for the last repair.
My husband’s cousin had a wedding he needed to attend but his shoes were most definitely not in a presentable condition. Instead of a mad rush to purchase new shoes, we were able to add new life with just a few products.
- Shoe Tree
- Reno’Mat Leather Cleaner
- Pommadier – Cognac 10
- Polishing Cloth
- Pommadier Brush
- Polishing Brush
- Flat Waxed Laces
1. Firstly, I needed to strip off all the old polish and give the leather a deep clean.
The cedar shoe trees help the shoe maintain its shape during the cleaning process.
Left: Original Condition, Right: After Reno’Mat – water damage is still visible on the toe and near the laces.
2. Next, we apply the Saphir Renovateur which is a fantastic multi-use product. It provides a milder clean than the Reno’Mat, as well reintroducing moisture to dried and cracked leather.
Using the polishing cloth again, I applied the product in small sections. It is best to wait at least 5 minutes after application to allow the Renovateur to soak into the leather. When time was up, excess Renovateur was removed using a polishing brush.
Left: Original condition, Right: After Renovateur – you can already see that the leather is starting to rehydrate and the creases are smoothing out. The water damage is also less visible.
3. The next step was the Pommadier Crème Polish. Crème polishes are fantastic as they further condition, add colour and build a protective wax finish. The Saphir Medaille d’Or range has 14 colours to choose from. The exact match for this shoe was the Light Brown however I went with Cognac to provide depth and a richer tone to the shoe.
A small amount of Pommadier is applied to the shoe using a Pommadier brush. These brushes have been made specifically for use with jars as the longer bristles make it easier to still get to the crème as the levels drop.
Application of the Pommadier. You will notice we changed over to the Pointed Shoe Tree as it provided a better fit over the toe.
After waiting 5 minutes, I used a boar bristle polishing brush to remove the excess and start building up the shine.
This process was repeated twice, however depending on the result you want to achieve, you can apply more coats of crème polish.
4. The final step, adding Flat Waxed Laces in Dark Brown. Definitely an improvement from the old frayed ones he was using.
Now, all I had to do was repeat the above to the other shoe!