Shoe Care Khakis Style

Shoe Care – Khakis Style

Shoe Care with Khakis Flair

When it comes to shoe care you need to invest a little time and pride, your freshly polished shoes will elevate your entire wardrobe. After countless pairs, from Alden to Edward Green, one thing is for certain; regular care and quality products will keep your shoes healthy, pristine and long lasting. This level of appurtenance defines your commitment to your persona and honors the appreciation of bench-made footwear.

We use Saphir shoe care products for all shoe maintenance.

Tools needed

  • Shoetrees
  • 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 One – Cleaning

  1. Remove laces – optional
  2. Insert the shoetrees so you can apply pressure as needed.
  3. Dust away loose dirt with your brush.
  4. Wipe with your damp cloth to remove any lingering polish or residues.

Step Two – Conditioning

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

Step 3 – Polishing Cream

  1. With the leather prepared to accept polish, sparingly apply small dabs of the color cream evenly over the shoe.
    1. It’s a bit waxier than the Renovateur so make sure it dries evenly.
  2. 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 Four – Sealing

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.

  1. In very small dabs, circle the wax around.
    1. Don’t rush, and don’t try and do the whole shoe at once.
  2. Work thoroughly, inch by inch. Each shoe should take about 15-20 minutes to coat.
  3. Let it sit for about 15 minutes before brushing off.
    1. This step can be repeated if you’d like a higher or more even shine.

Step Five – Finishing

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. This allows the shoes to completely absorb the product, and love, you’ve given them.

Step Six – Enjoy

Lace up, look down, feel proud.

Authored by Khakis of Carmel  • updated November 7, 2019

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