Shoe Care with Khakis Flair

When it comes to shoe care with Khakis flair, you need to invest a little time and a whole lot of pride. Your freshly polished shoes will elevate your entire wardrobe. After caring for countless pairs, from Alden to Edward Green, one thing is for certain; regular care and quality products will keep your shoes healthy. As a result, this level of appurtenance defines your commitment to your persona and honors the appreciation of bench-made footwear.

Khakis of Carmel uses Saphir shoe care products for all shoe maintenance. Please visit their site here.

Tools needed

  • Shoetrees – we sell them here
  • Horsehair shoe brush
    • dark hair for your dark brown, black, and cordovan shoes
    • light hair for tan and blonde shoes
  • Damp cloth
  • Dry smooth cloth such as an old t-shirt
    • don’t use terry as it will absorb the product
  • Saphir Renovateur
  • Saphir polish if needed
    • use dauber for application
  • Saphir Sealant
  • Cotton chamois cloth

Step 1 - Cleaning with Care

  • Remove laces, check for any wear and replace as needed
  • Insert the shoetrees so you can apply pressure as needed. In a pinch, you can use wadded-up newspaper.
  • Dust away loose dirt with your brush.
  • Wipe with your damp cloth to remove any lingering polish or residues.

Step 2 - Conditioning

  • Grab the Renovateur, available from Saphir here, with two fingers tightly wrapped in your cloth. Apply a dime-size amount and thoroughly work into the entire top of each shoe.
    • This step not only cleanses and nourishes the leather, but more importantly, it opens the leather’s pores.
  • Let it sit for about 15 minutes before brushing off with the horsehair brush.

Step 3 - Polishing with Shoe Care Cream

  • With the leather prepared to accept polish, sparingly apply small dabs of the color cream evenly over the shoe.

    • It’s a bit waxier than the Renovateur so make sure it dries evenly.

  • Let it sit for about 10 minutes before brushing off with the horsehair brush. This process can be repeated up to 3 times, just be careful to not build it up in the creases.

Jim’s “shoe-nut” pro tip:

Use a shade darker than the leather to bring out details and patina. For the burnished antiqued look, small dabs of black on the toe and heel areas.

Step 4 - Sealing you Shoes

  • 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 about 15 minutes before brushing off.
  • This step can be repeated if you’d like a higher or more even shine.

Step 5 - Finishing, not quite Finished

  • Grab 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.

Jim’s “shoe-nut” pro tip:

Place the shoes in their shoe bags for 24 hours before wearing them. This allows the shoes to completely absorb the product, and love, you’ve given them.

Step 6 - Last & not least, the Most Important Part of Shoe Care

  • Lace-up, look down, feel proud, and show those bad boys off!

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