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.
- 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!