Wax VS Cream Shoe Polish: Demonstration

Wax VS Cream Shoe Polish: Demonstration


Hi, I’m Kirby Allison founder of The Hanger Project. The purpose of this video is to help you understand the differences between wax and cream polishes, and I understand how to use both to keep the best care possible of your leather dress shoes. So the fundamental differences between wax and cream polish is that a cream polish is more for nourishment and recoloring, and a wax polish is primarily for really providing those hard waxes in order to create that high shine. Now with the cream polish, we recommend applying it to the entire shoe either with a shoeshine dauber or chamois and then buffing it off of the horse hair brush and you can do that two or three times. Wax polish is going to have a higher concentration of hard waxes. Now this is going to help provide that hard protective wax barrier to the shoe that is going to protect it from any type of water and then small light scuffs and scratches. You want to be careful about applying too much wax to the areas of the shoe that bend like the vamp because what happens with the hard wax polish is once those waxes dry, if you bend the shoe, those hard waxes are going to crack and provide or produce a a white substance across that area. So we really recommend using the hard wax primarily you -know you can do one or two coats on the shoe, but we really recommend concentrating the hard waxes where you want that high shine which is on the toe box and the hind quarters. Before you apply any polish, provided that your shoes aren’t particularly dirty you know just buff them off with a horsehair brush just to remove any type of surface dirt. Now if you have surface dirt that is more than what a shoe shine brush can remove. And then I’m going to recommend using something like a leather cleaning soap in order to actually shampoo the leather. But here these Gaziano & Girlings aren’t that dirty so just buffing them with this horsehair shoeshine brush is fine. Next, I’m going to apply my cream polish. Now again, the important thing to remember with cream polish is that you really want it to be able to soak into the leather oo the longer that you leave a clean polish on the shoe, the better. There’s really no limit – I mean you can you know you can polish your shoes and then leave the cream polish on overnight and buff it off next morning. It’s not going to damage your shoes. Now The Saphir Medaille D’Or Pommadier Cream Polish, there’s 13 different colors. Now the important thing to remember with color matching is you just want to get close. A lot of people call us and they want an exact match for their particular pair of shoes snd even with 13 different colors it’s impossible to find an exact match. And so we recommend as close of a match as possible. Now if you’re really concerned about changing or darkening the color of your shoes we recommend going with a slightly lighter polish. If you’d like to see kind of more of a patina or antiquing develop which I think is one of the beauty beautiful things of shining your own shoes, then you can go with a slightly darker polish. All of these polishes have a relatively light pigment compared to like, a shoe dye, so there’s nothing that you can do that’s ever going to ruin your shoe. If you shine your shoes with some polish and you don’t like how they turned out, then you can use some of the Saphir RenoMat to pull that polish off and restore it back to the original finish. So here these are a burgundy pair of shoes. I’ve got the burgundy severe medalled the palm of your shoe cream. What I like to do is apply a little bit of cream polish using a chamois and then I use the top of the lid as a pallet just to make sure that I’m not applying too much polish, and I’m just going to start massaging it into the leather. Applying moderate to firm pressure, just to really kind of help work that in there. Less is More. Right. So you want to be applying enough polish that you’re you know, covering the entire surface of the leather, but you don’t want so much polish that you see real visible build up or gunking. The reason is is just because it’s going to be harder to remove that polish with the horsehair brush in order to produce that shine. So with this cream polish, I’m just massaging it into my leather over the entire surface of the shoe. You know, you can go over each section multiple times – that’s not going to be a problem. You know once I’m comfortable with the amount of coverage I have, then I’m going to set this shoe aside and let it you know at least absorb the nutrients from this cream polish for five minutes. After you’ve allowed the cream polish to absorb into the leather, then take a horsehair shoe shine brush and you want to buff that polish off the shoe. What you’re looking to do is to really you know to buff off any excess around uneven polish it been applied and then you know, the heat and the friction from the horsehair shoe shine brush is going to bring up the temperature of those waxes and you know glaçage or you’ll kind of gloss them over. With a cream polish you’re going to be able to get like a nice soft patina and like a nice soft shine ,you’re never going to be able to produce a high gloss shine with the wax alone. It really goes to personal preference whether or not you stop at the cream polish or you feel like you want to continue on to using a wax polish. So I’m just using very light pressure and then just buff until you see that any type of uneven build up has been removed. and you are able to produce the desired shine. Now you can see on this shoe, on this Gaziano & Girling, after just one application of the Medaille D’Or Pommadier cream polish, I’ve got a shine that really would be perfectly satisfactory to go out at night with. If you desire a higher gloss shine than this, then that’s when you would come on top with a wax polish. Now going to show you how to apply the Saphir Medaille D’Or Pate De Luxe Wax Polish. I love this Polish. I mean if you’re someone that’s been polishing your shoes for your entire life, and you’re used to using Kiwi or Lincoln you’re absolutely going to fall in love with Medaille D’Or Pate De Luxe Wax Polish. One of the most important things that really differentiates this wax polish from other polishes is out there is that it uses an all natural pine base turpentine. I mean, you can literally smell the difference; there’s zero silicones and zero petroleum products in this wax polish that could possibly damage your shoes. The other thing is that it uses a really high concentration of beeswax and that’s what produces that nice hard wax finish that’s going to give your shoes a beautiful shine. I’m going to use the same chamois; I prefer to apply my wax polishes exclusively with a chamois because you’re able to control the amount of wax that you’re applying. And again, less is more. I’m just putting enough wax polish onto my chamois, so that it’s not gunky and then I’m going to start applying this wax polish the same way that I did with my cream polish. Now the first one or two coats you can really take across the entire shoe, but beyond one or two coats you’re really going to want to avoid this vamp because once that hard wax dries, and you go outside and you begin walking in your shoe, you know you really will see those hard waxes break and produce a little white buildup. So I’m going to let this wax polish dry. Anywhere from a minute to three to five minutes is enough, so what I normally recommend is setting one shoe aside while you’re working on the other. One of the questions that we get quite often is “can I use a neutral wax polish on my shoes versus a pigment wax polish,” and the answer is absolutely. If you’re someone that’s got like 30 different pairs of shoes and you’ve got every single color of our pigmented cream Polish then you can absolutely just use a neutral wax polish solely for the purpose of building up that wax finish. Now you’re not going to be adding any pigment with the neutral wax polish but you might not need to if the finish in your shoes is already fine or you’ve recently renewed that finish with a pigmented cream polish. So now that this wax polish has dried I’m going to take my horse hair brush and just buff this off. With the hard wax polish, you’re absolutely going to find yourself spending a little bit more time buffing than you will have the cream. So again, using kind of a moderate firm pressure, just buff the wax polish off until you see a nice shine. There you have it. So you can see that the shine of this Gaziano & Girling shoe has certainly been elevated with just one coat of the Pate De Luxe wax polish. In this case I’d say one coat is fine for me, but if you desire a higher gloss shine you can absolutely provide additional coat, I just caution that you do want to limit the amount of hard wax that you’re applying on the vamp because the moment that you start walking you’re going to see those hard waxes crack and leave a light residue. Now if that happens all you have to do is just brush them off with a horsehair brush and that’ll take care of the problem. But you don’t want to get out in the day and realize that you don’t have your horsehair brush and you’ve got white residue all the way across your vamp. Thanks for joining us. If you have any questions about this tutorial or any other shoeshine questions, feel free to ask your questions in the comments section or e-mail us at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to answer those questions. Thanks again for joining us, I’m Kirby Allison.

100 thoughts on “Wax VS Cream Shoe Polish: Demonstration

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  2. I have Magnanni shoes that are typically cognac AND dark brown collored. How do I apply any brownish creams? Or is it best to stick to neutral due to the double colloring? And as it is "flamed", how do I not remove this dye-style when washing my Magnanni's? Thanks in advance!

  3. Brilliant! Fantastic advice! Quite a variety of colours you have for this, I should try them sometime

  4. What is your opinion of Allen Edmonds Carnauba Shoe Polish https://www.woodlore.com/shoe-care-valets/carnauba-shoe-polish/

  5. I have a question: if I’ve already applied several layers of Saphir Pate de Luxe neutral on a shoe, is there any point applying a colored Saphir Medallile d’Or shoe cream on top of the waxed shoe later on? Will the shoe receive the pigment or the nourishment through the wax? Thanks.

  6. Should I use a different brush for each colored shoe?  Will some black wax come off on a brown shoe if I use the same buffing brush?

  7. When I applied the cream polish on my shoes, it still leave some white residue on my shoes. And when I was polishing the cream, it feels gunky and hard to polish if I don’t apply more cream. Does it happen to any of you guys?

  8. I wear Allen Edmund shoe and wish to transition to Saphir products. I would like to remove previous polishes and nourish the shoes before I use Saphir cream and hard polishes. what products do you recommend. I also have a pair of Church Monk strap shoes I love and are twenty-five years old. They are smooth black leather and I think a little dry. There are no cracks just flex creases across the dorsum area. Will I need a stronger Saphir nourishing product your videos and site are very informative. Please continue! Michael J

  9. Thank you for always mentioning the warning about over waxing in areas where the shoe flexes, which causes the cracked white appearance, more people need to know about that

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  11. These shoe cleaning videos by Kirby are absolutely outstanding. He explains WHY processes are necessary which is so important. Everything he says has a clear, precise meaning and is in a logical sequence. I have learned a huge amount from them. Many thanks to you Kirby.

  12. I just have a question about the little stack of Saphir Cream Polishes you have, what colour is the one on the 2nd row from the bottom and to the right, it looks like a tan colour or is that their light brown cream polish??
    Great video btw!

  13. Thanks for your videos. I am from India. You may probably consider yourself way out of my (and most Indians) league, since most of us cannot possibly afford shoes costing over 125 $. Much as I would love to own shoes made out of shell cordovan or fine grain leather, I simply can't afford them. Nothing much available here on eBay either. But the fact is, I have , with regular polishing ( and not much else ) got as much as 5 years use from my simple genuine leather shoes. My question is, can you recommend cheaper products than Saphir to care for shoes; Sophie products cost almost as much as I would pay for the shoes themselves!

  14. Thanks so much for another great video…
    Can I ask if you have actually tried leaving the cream coat on overnight?
    I ask because the last 2 creams I have purchased and used have dried up over night and left a hard substance between stitching and joints generally including any patterning…. the cream is a cobbler cream and designed, as I understand, to moisturise and nourish the leather. I always used to like leaving any cream or oil on overnight whilst also being generous with my application and previously that was never a problem, the last 2 types of cream I bought were bought specifically because they were made using only natural products. So this is why I ask.

    Thanks again for a very informative and well presented tutorial.

    I am a recent subscriber and have spent most of my free time recently catching up with your videos, all of which I have found very interesting and in some cases very reassuring. Thanks

  15. dude, you totally dominate the show shine videos on this site, props to you sir, you found an empty niche and wasted no time in total occupation of the topic, you should just start your own website, ill bet you have a pretty loyal following as it is – u can call it like… shyouShine or ShuShine.com or U-shine.com or YouBuff, since "shoe" and "you" rhyme you know, it should be something clever like that cuz one key component to make it successful is giving it a witty clever domain name; something ANYone can remember, and since nearly everyone knows youtube, you can take advantage of that build on its already established name

  16. Kirby: Do I need more than one horse hair brush? I’m so afraid that my brush used on my black shoes will discolor my other colored shoes when brushing. Please advise. I just don’t want to ruin my beautiful burgundy shoes, as well as my others.

  17. Hello, what kind of Saphir product should I use in greased leather shoes? I have a pair of Lottusse brogue shoes and I feel I should not use hard wax or even cream. Any advice is welcome!

  18. Perhaps the most important lesson here, don’t apply too much hard wax, it’s easy to overdo it and difficult to remove and those white cloudy lines are very unsightly. I put way too much on a pair of Fiorentini+Baker boots, it multiple de-applications and two bottles of Renomat to remove the redundant layers. It’s also a good idea to watch all these videos as otherwise you might not learn that all old waxes have to be removed once or twice a year, shoes cleaned to their leather so there’s nothing left and then the whole regimen applied again; Renovateur, Pommadier, Pate de Luxe (or Mirror polish).

  19. I have some boots made of pull-up leather. What Saphir products do you recommend and polishing techniques. Cannot find any good videos discussing pull-up leather shoes/boot.

  20. Hi. Thanks for the instructional video. I have a quetion though. I have a nice pair of cowboy boots. We used a wax polish on them last week. They hadn't been polished or anything before. My boot shop gave me a bottle of Kelly's cream. Ddo i need to somehow remove the old wax polish before applying the cream?

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  22. I used a bee wax polish now my shoes looks like grecy.. what can i do… and i just orderd saphir high gloss … mirror gloss .. and black polish…

  23. My tube of black Meltonian cream must be 50 years old and still produces a beautiful shine that, unfortunately, is somewhat less durable than harder paste polishes.

  24. My shoes have been cracking around the exact area you were saying. Ruined my expensive shoes. Will be using shoe cream going forward. And switching to sapphir

  25. I'm a bootmaker and footwear repairman; retired after 40 years in the shoe retail and repair business. My best advice to preserve and care for your shoes or boots is to never use any product that soaks into the leather. Products like shoe creams, waterproofing oils or sprays are harmful to the leather if used regularly and a waste of money. The only product to put on shoes is wax polish. I always told my customers use it often but lightly. The best way to polish shoes is to spritz the outside of the shoe with water to remove the dust and slight dirt. If the shoe or boot is quite dirty then rinse it under a faucet with cold water, never warm or hot water. Before the shoe dries add a light coat of wax polish (I recommend Lincoln was polish but Kiwi is ok). Use a horsehair polish dauber or a cotton cloth and use a polish that is color similar. Though a neutral polish will protect it will add a slight white discoloration if applied to darker colored shoes. Neutral polish works best on white, beige or light grey tones. After applying the polish buff with a horsehair brush or a cotton cloth. I recommend this method for all leather shoes or boots no matter the environment. Polish often but lightly and the leather will respond even better in time and the process will become easier.

  26. Excellent, informative video!

    I have my first pair of high-quality dress shoes (Allen Edmonds Byrons) on their way. They're used and slightly damaged, but I thought that would be an excellent place to start, considering I don't want to make beginners' mistakes on a new pair. (And also, price! I got an excellent deal.) I have two questions concerning their care.

    First, there appears to be some cracking along the back lip/rim of the shoe (that is, the rim of the hole your foot goes in), though it may be just be puckering of the leather. It's hard to tell from the picture. For proper hydration, to prevent further breakage, is a cream polish left overnight sufficient, or should I use a more specific hydration cream? If so, what do you suggest? (Most, if not all, hydration creams I've found have been formulated for couches, boots, etc., so I don't know what they might do to shoes.)

    Second, you mentioned leaving little wax along the creasing part of the vamp, so as to avoid wax cracking lines. You suggest just 1-2 layers of wax. My question is: how often should I re-apply that coat along the creasing? Or, how many wears until I should? Or finally, how might I know when to?

    In case it helps, here is the listing for the pair I bought:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/654153640/allen-edmonds-byron-black-10e-leather?show_sold_out_detail=1

    Thank you!

  27. Thank you for the great video! I have two questions. have Allen Edmonds in walnut that I use the Saphir light brown creme polish. Could I get away with a incolor (neutral) pate de lux? Or should I always match the creme and polish? Additionally, I bought a pair of Florsheim from Macy’s. They have “leather upper” and are already shiny but probably not the best quality. How would I maintain the factory shine?

  28. Kirby,
    Are there any difference between shoe manufacturer sold wax/creams vs saphir?
    For example, what's the difference between alden wax/creams vs saphir branded?
    If no differences, is it the case that saphir supplies alden branded wax/creams?
    P.S. do wax/creams have best-if-used-by dates?

  29. 'A cotton chamy,' a contradiction in terms if ever I heard one. Your mirror shine vid is very good, had a little breakthrough, finally. Thank you.

  30. Generally, it's good practice to condition and buff your shoes with shoe trees inserted. You get the cream into creases better. But most of all, buffing with shoe trees in will counter crease manifestation (heat from buffing).

  31. Hi I recently over applied kiwi brown wax polish and when I walk it creates white marks as you mentioned. What's the best way to remove them. Pls help.

  32. For women's leather shoes, do you need to get a horse hair brush for the cream shoe polish (not pigmented) or will a clean cloth work as well? Thank you for the great tutorial.

  33. Can you apply wax and later over that some cream to give the shoe some nutrients and then wax again? Is such layering alright? Can the cream reach the shoe through the wax?

  34. I love the look of my wax polished toe caps, with a gradient towards the body of the shoe. My problem is that it only takes a couple drops of rain to mess it up. If the leather underneath swells up, because of the saturation of the rain water, the wax cracks.

  35. I have a question. Whenever I use a brush to buff off the Polish it doesn't bring back a shine. It does the opposite actually. I get better results with a microfiber towel. Am I doing something wrong?

  36. At 4:00 – 4:12 during the segment, you are editing from wax polish to cream polish. This is a mistake? We get it but you should quality control your video productions…. now my shoes have so much shine that approaching planes are being re-routed from too much glare!

  37. I've never buffed any polish before. But im curious if doing that will give me the same type of shine as I would with cotton balls

  38. If the shoe is stripped of the finish and dye, will a pigmented cream polish suffice to both redye and finish with enough applications or would you recommend a full dye, finish, and then cream polish/wax polish?

  39. This guy is awesome! He's like a young/old guy lol. Thank you so much for the tutorial and invitation for help 👊

  40. Your missing a big step. After you apply wax use a hairdryer to melt the wax into the cracks and crevasses. There is no other way to do it. Unless you want to light them off. Then polish etc etc. etc etc.

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