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Smooth Leather

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1. Clean

Removing old layers of polish & removing dirt

To completely renovate your shoes its important to remove dirt and/or withered layers of polis. There are many cleaning products available to clean smooth leather with ranging from a mild cleaning lotion or a more thorough cleaner which dissolves shoe polish. For mild cleaning use Saphir Lotion and to remove old layers of polish use Saphir Reno'Mat or Saphir Saddle Soap.

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2. Pre Shine

Renovating dried out leather & making your shoes more durable

After cleaning off the old layers of polish, or even if you've only cleaned off the dirt, openens the pores of the leather. The leather is now ready to absorb all sorts of oily goodness. We like to use Saphir Renovateur which contains all the needed oils combined in one jar.

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3. Shine

Making them shine again & protecting them against the elements

To make your shoes shine like new you need a matte gloss shoe cream and, if desired, a high gloss shoe wax. To get your shoes to actually shine you need to use the proper techniques and products. Apply your polish of choice using a cotton cloth. Wait 5 minutes and then shine your shoes using a brush or cotton cloth. Most important is not to rush the process and put some elbow grease into it!

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Get inspired by our shoe shine videos!

To truly master the art which is called shoe shining or cireur de bottes you need time and experience. There isn't a day that goes by without us still learning about taking care of leather and shoes. We want to help our customers on their way to familiarize themselves with shoe care techniques to let them take proper care of their shoes. This way your trusty footwear will last forever. Click here for all our shoe care videos.


The Basic treatment

"Everything you need"

Classic spit shine

"Shoes turned into mirrors"

The Royal Treatment

"Everything you want"