It’s time for another Shoe Revival article which we did in February, this time a pair of Crockett & Jones Savile Single Monk Strap (mahogany) is what we working with.
- Water damage, mainly on the sides of the shoe
- Scratches and dry spots on the back of the shoe
- Damaged leather on the nose of the shoe
The process step-by-step with the products that have been used:
- Thorough cleaning with Saphir Renomat (3x)
- Fed the leather using Saphir Renovateur
- Coloured and shined the leather with Saphir Pommadier cream (mahogany)
- Polished the whole shoe with Saphir Médaille d’Or Mirror Gloss
- And finally, we gave the nose a nice mirror shine with Saphir Médaille d’Or Mirror Gloss (3x) and Saphir Médaille d’Or Pate de Luxe (1x)
We also used:
- Set horsehair brushes
- Cotton applicator cloth
- Cotton polishing cloth
- Water dispenser
- Leather shoe shine carpet
Cleaning, feeding and colouring
Because of the spots and damages on the shoes we first started stripping the shoes with Renomat (3x), to get rid of dirt and old cream and wax layers. Saphir Renomat is great for removing any old shoe polish, but also takes care of most types of stains. Now that the leather is liberated from all those dried out layers of polish it is the opportune moment to renovate the leather using Saphir Renovateur. Afterwards we used Saphir Pommadier cream to bring the shoe back to its original colour. In this case, we used the colour mahogany.
We will give you a short summary of the process:
- We first applied a layer of Pate de Luxe to the entire shoe. Afterward, you give them a quick shine using a brush.
- Moving on to the Mirror Gloss. The first two applications we use a fair amount of shoe wax. This is to fill out the structure of the leather. The wax hardens and creates a smooth surface which you make shiny by buffing it with a cloth. It is also perfectly fine to use a brush to quickly shine these two first layers of Mirror Gloss. Just make sure to be thorough.
- Layers 3-5 we continue to apply and shine Saphir Mirror Gloss, but now we only use cloths for the shining. Apply small amounts of wax from now on, let the wax dry for a minute and then shine the wax using your cloth. Use circular motions and make sure not to put too much pressure while shining. This can cause you to rub the wax off the leather which you just applied. The weight of your fingers is sufficient pressure most of the times.
- End your mirror shine with a layer of Pate de Luxe. Pate de Luxe contains more solvent and oil than Mirror Gloss. That is why it is categorized as a soft wax compared to Mirror Gloss. The solvents and oil will smoothen out the hard mirror gloss making it an even more glossy surface than before. Also sometimes the Mirror Gloss will “fog up”, you can use Pate de Luxe to cure this as well.
*Almost in all cases we choose to only mirror shine the nose and heel part of the shoes since those are the inflexible parts of the shoes. Wax dries up as a hard layer and will crack when flexed during walking.
Last, but not least we treated the sole edges with brown shoe wax.
In our opinion, these Crockett & Jones recovered the best out of all the pairs that we restored.