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Allen Edmonds $50 Ebay Challenge | How To Restore & Shine Shoes

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You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to get a great looking pair of shoes. With a handful of quality shoe care products and a lot of love, you can take a worn pair of dress shoes and bring them back to life. In this video challenge, founder Kirby Allison shows you how to take a $50 pair of Allen Edmonds shoes, bought on eBay, and make them look as good as new using Saphir polish. To start shining your shoes today get our Saphir Shoeshine Starter Kit Click Here: https://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-shoeshine-starter-kit-us.html ***Products featured in this video*** Saphir Renovateur https://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-renovateur.html Saphir Pommadier Cream Shoe Polish https://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-pommadier-cream-shoe-polish.html Hanger Project 12 oz Cotton Chamois https://www.hangerproject.com/cotton-shoeshine-chamois.html Large Horsehair Shoe Polishing Brush https://www.hangerproject.com/large-horsehair-shoe-polishing-brush.html Saphir Edge Dressing & Renovating Recolorant Repair Cream https://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-renovating-recolorant-repair-cream.html Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Shoe Polish 100 ml https://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-wax-shoe-polish.html Hanger Project High-Shine Cotton Chamois https://www.hangerproject.com/hanger-project-high-shine-cotton-chamois.html Fiebing's Sole and Edge Dressing https://www.hangerproject.com/fiebing-s-sole-and-edge-dressing.html Saphir Mirror Gloss Wax Polish https://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-mirror-gloss-wax-polish.html Sovereign Grade Round Waxed Shoelace https://www.hangerproject.com/round-color-laces-80.html Shop on The Hanger Project Website: https://www.hangerproject.com/ _________________________________________________________________ Step 1: [3:15] Remove Old Shoe Laces Step 2: [3:35] Apply Saphir Renovateur with a Cotton Chamois (Allow 3-5 minutes to dry) Step 3: [7:02] Apply Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish (Allow time to dry) Step 4: [8:40] Apply Saphir Renovating Repair Cream (Allow 10 minutes to dry) Step 5: [11:08] Apply one layer of Saphir Pate De Lux Wax Polish over entire shoe (Allow 3-5 minutes to dry) Step 6: [15:50] Re-lace with Sovereign Grade Dress Shoes Step 7: [17:15] Use Fiebing’s Sole Edge and Heel Polish on edges _________________________________________________________________ Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCygk... Read our Blog: https://www.hangerproject.com/blog/ Follow us on Social Media: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/KAhangerproject Twitter - https://twitter.com/HangerProject Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hangerproject _______________________________________________________________ The story of The Hanger Project: https://www.hangerproject.com/about-us/hanger-project-story/
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Kirby Allison (1 year ago)
Enter for a chance to win a FREE Saphir Shoeshine Starter Kit. Sign Up Here: https://www.hangerproject.com/giveaway/ This comprehensive kit contains everything you need to begin taking the best care possible of your shoes. Giveaway ends January 29th. Good luck!
Sergio Correa (7 months ago)
Question: is not Necessary use another Brush to polished the shoes? Did some wax residues will be on the Brush, and Mess up the Shoes? What trying to say is you use the same brush and different wax colors.
Harry Brown (1 year ago)
Tell the eBay seller USPS will give him free Priority mail boxes. He need not use old recycled Amazon boxes to ship shoes in. I ditto another comment to restore some shoes that have ok soles but look terrible. The pair you started with was already 95% ok. That's good enough for most folks. Let's see you bring a 40% shoe up to 99% like you did with these. For that I recommend JB Weld epoxy and Shoe Goo.
John Potter (10 days ago)
When did ae sell out and make the shoes outside USA?
Pete Lewis (1 month ago)
I'm sat here with a bag of old shoes to take to the charity shop and now I have a sudden urge to make them all sparkle before I take them in.
Kirby Allison (1 month ago)
Pete Lewis great idea!!
maccollectorZ (1 month ago)
Hi Kirby, I have a pair of chestnut Allen Edmonds Fairfax shoes whose toes are fairly scratched-up. I looked at the repair creme on your site, but I noticed no option for chestnut. What would be the closest hue to that of these shoes, of the options listed on the site? Thank you.
maccollectorZ (1 month ago)
I just got some lightly-used black Allen Edmonds Sanfords for $40 — their full retail, new, is $400! Can't wait to condition and wear these fantastic shoes. I already like how the insoles' contours seemingly hug the lower portions of my feet.
Martin Craig (1 month ago)
Do I have to remove the polish built up in the pitting of the brogues?
John Parker Zabala (1 month ago)
Hi Mr. Kirby what AE model is this? Thanks God bless
Hameed Moinuddin (1 month ago)
I think this ones a AE Sanford in Walnut color
Matthew Pham (2 months ago)
Hi Kirby, may I know how to get rid of the imprint in the insole? Must we resole the shoes or is there another easier trick?
Lucky Strike (2 months ago)
Unfortunately bought a Sapphire once its no better than Kiwi who ever it's promoting this Sapphire crap its lying to you trust me I compared both same shit dont waste your money
Lucky Strike (2 months ago)
Bla bla bla sell sell sell
R Fulano (3 months ago)
Saphir, saphir, saphir.... Buy buy!!! What a scam this.
Munozl360 (1 month ago)
Well, you can use kiwi which is significantly cheaper. Or the actualu Allen Edmonds creams and polishes. Which prices have increased by about % within the last year. However, it's still a good intermediate option inbetween kiwi and saphir products.
PenguinCinema (3 months ago)
Sorry bud, I bought some Allen Edmonds for $25 ($34 with shipping) and they look fantastic after dumping $230 worth of Saphir products on them. Your move chief
Tim Pole (3 months ago)
You have inspired me sir. I've been watching your videos and I was at a local clothing exchange and saw these cheap Aldos that had real nice walnut color for eleven bucks, half off the normal price. I said what the hell, and bought them. The leather is stretched out on the upper so I tried a sneakerhead method to minimize the creases with a damp towel and clothes iron. Worked pretty good, looks a little worse than the ones you just finished in this vid. They were quite wrinkled and felt loose when I tried them on. Your videos had me salivating for some Allen Edmonds and I hopped on Ebay and saw what fifty bucks and some quality products can do. I'm already fighting a serious shoe addiction and I think I see a new habit forming. If I can make up my mind on what AE I want, I will be stopping by HP and probably start off with something like the fifty in products you mentioned in a response below. I was amazed at the results I got with cheap products. Sorry for the length, but your vids are the first that actually had me produce my first successful mirror shine. I've only been trying for the last 5 years. But, using cheap products takes a long time, (for me). I have to confess, as an experiment on the other shoe, I used about 4 separate layers of wax and a hair drier on the other shoe and would heat until first layer melted in, then using my drill with a very light buffing wheel and light touch, started buffing. Of course, mine is not nearly as meditative and relaxing. Thank you for all the tips. Subbed.
levelheadsteve (3 months ago)
Am I the only one who thinks it's gross to wear used shoes? Also, doesn't real leather absorb sweat?
Dave Dangles (3 months ago)
$120 and send them into Allen Edmonds for reconditioning. That includes, top leather stretch, new welt, new cork, new sole, new heel, and polish.
Fred Kaminski (4 months ago)
Well dressed shoe shine boy?!
Chief Louie (4 months ago)
Any before and after pics?
Kirby Allison (4 months ago)
We've started adding these.
oiblin (4 months ago)
gotta ask this, i see a lot of people saying vaseline can be used to condition leather shoes. Has anyone tried this?
R o n (4 months ago)
Very nice. I will never be one to afford a $400 pair of shoes but I could buy a pair used for $50 and try what you did for a few more dollars. My tastes are high but my wallet is low. Thanks for the "show how."
Chris Correll (4 months ago)
Anyone have any tips on brands to get from eBay?
ajaira duniya (4 months ago)
Kirby "shammy" allison
elvis459 (4 months ago)
‘We wrapped them individually’ 😂 His own shoes stuck in a box 😂😂😂
Peter Wu (5 months ago)
so you spent $63 on a $50 challenge ? You failed. This is how disconnected your head was from the real world and this video should have ended on 30 second mark.
Jacana Productions (5 months ago)
I am looking for a leather restorer kit. I got some of these I got some identical shoes for seven dollars at the thrift store :-)
Rayray1001 (5 months ago)
This is the gayest how to video ever made
Kirby Allison (5 months ago)
Thank you!!
Terry Tucker (5 months ago)
No thanks, it's like buying a used mattress!
Terry Tucker (5 months ago)
What about the inside where someone else's nasty feet have been???
miporsche (5 months ago)
Nothing "nourishes" dead animal skin. I find this verbiage a little macabre. The leather is tanned, preserved and stabilized. I think it's beyond being nourished. I do love his eBay shoes. What I love about the video: Kirby is renovating something old, maximizing its usefulness. I just bought some Allen Edmond shoes at Goodwill for $12.95 in my size. I used Kiwi polish. Man, they're nice! Great video, Kirby!
Carlos Araujo (5 months ago)
Loved this video, I found a pair of Fifth Avenue ones for 3 bucks, yes, 3 bucks the sole is a little worn but I can't hate because of the price, and restored them as well, some people don't understand that the cost of these shoes comes with their long lasting life, and the fact that they can be restored to near to perfect condition with a bit of love, restoring is a great hobby of mine. Amazing videos and keep it up
Kirby Allison (5 months ago)
Incredible! Thank you for sharing!
Dan (6 months ago)
Just think of all of the urinals this pair of shoes has stood in front of. And you r holding the sole in your hand. U disgust me
Robin Mossing (6 months ago)
Man....you have taught me a ton. I want to get some supplies
scott m (6 months ago)
Used shoes---NASTY
Jacob Laderoute (6 months ago)
I apply my renovateur with my fingers...massage it in...it's too much to waste on a cloth...
paracore (6 months ago)
Why would you want to buy used shoes
paracore (6 months ago)
Kirby Allison (6 months ago)
paracore if you’re on a tight budget, better to buy a high-quality but lightly-used pair of shoes.
muffemod (6 months ago)
Saphir Renovateur... Saphir Renovateur... Saphir Renovateur...
muffemod (6 months ago)
Kirby Allison (6 months ago)
muffemod HangerProject.com. Support this channel. Buy two. 😉
Julian Webb (6 months ago)
If your products have French names please learn to pronounce them properly.
Jeff Brogan (7 months ago)
Kirby, I can't tell you how much these videos have helped me improve my wardrobe. Just a question about Allen Edmonds lasts - in your opinion, which of their last number do you think will last the longest? I am looking between last # 65 and #42 and the way in which one typically walks. It seems as though last #65 may handle the usage better because of the way in which the show is created with the toe naturally pointed upward. Last #45, like so many other shoes, looks like it may have to bend more. Long question, so any reply is very appreciated.
JR LEE (7 months ago)
Hi Kirby, If you say that the wax polish will crack, then why would you still apply it in the whole shoe? It makes sense to apply it only in the front and back because it does not bend much. I think the white lines when the wax cracks is due to a neutral wax? Or is the the same white line for a brown wax as well?
Bill Anderson (7 months ago)
OK so is no one going to talk about the elephant in the room: the dark dark black spots where the broguing is filled with dirt and polish? It looks like a shoe with pimples. How the hell do you clean out those ugly holes? THAT is the question you should be answering. Stop being a Saphir fanboy and start answering the questions no one is asking.
Andy Richardson (7 months ago)
That is a crazy amount of effort and a CRAZY amount of product. I have 20+ year old AE walnut Strands that still look great. I have use AE walnut cream polish on them 3-4 times in 20 years. I wipe them down with a soft damp cloth and then dry them after every 2-3 times I wear them. I use edge dressing as needed. They looking amazing. I have no doubt Saphir products are good. I also have no doubt the are generally completely unnecessary.
Jacob Terry (7 months ago)
The shoes from eBay show up in an Amazon box...weird
Jacob Terry (7 months ago)
The Hanger Project wasn't trying to make you look like a dumbass I just thought it was weird.
Kirby Allison (7 months ago)
Jacob Terry Called recycling. A free box. We all receive 10 a week anyway
Cyclone Bravo (7 months ago)
none of this fixed the scuffs. you treated the leather, and then applied and buffed waxes three different times.
Brian Roberts (7 months ago)
I have a pair of boots I would like to send you they are 3 years old and have a few cracks across the top where they bend when you walk.
Matt Deckard (7 months ago)
I need to start taking care of my shoes again. Too many nights on the dance floor!
tonystark19631 (7 months ago)
Sooo misleading, $100+ worth of product and I've shopped ebay for used AE's - $50 doesn't buy you anything nearly as nice as those shoes before the restore.
icetech6 (7 months ago)
Did anyone catch what brand of products he uses? I missed it....
Kirby Allison (7 months ago)
S-A-P-H-I-R HAHAHAH. J/K You know that because I said it a million times.
351cleavland (7 months ago)
I can't do this as I only spent $48 on ebay.
Durandal Rampant (7 months ago)
God - the pomade, the cherrywood desk, the dapper lad illustrations in the background...I can barely stand it.
Kirby Allison (7 months ago)
You don't like the pictures in the back?
Adam Insanoff (7 months ago)
And how to get toenail fungus.
Colin Shaw (7 months ago)
Great video, however by not stripping the old old finish any residual silicon polish will effect the wax polish regime, additionally the leather sole needs care with a sole care product and lastly any second footed shoes need to be sanitized and aired before wear
Its Over (7 months ago)
Rubbish Crap Garbage idiotic stupid vague insane and sick ideas only to polish your shoes
Maxima (8 months ago)
He has the same voice as thd Long Island Watch guy....nice vid
BigBurr (8 months ago)
I had never thought of buying fine shoes second hand or used til I watched this. makes a lot of sense really since fine shoes are investment items. finding a fine pair used is better than a cheap low-quality dress shoe. Good video.
William Bates (8 months ago)
I would've loved to see a little black edge work around the sole. Good job overall.
Thomas Brace (8 months ago)
Why does this remind me so much of American Psycho? :D
Ben Bowman (8 months ago)
Reshoevenator but with dress shoes
Jason Ryan (8 months ago)
Hi, Thank you for the great video - this inspired me to try the same, using your instructions - my shoes turned out wonderfully. Question about the restoring Cordovan shoes - I’ve noticed cracking in vamp (slightly in the creases) - recommendations on how to reverse the cracking process or at least stop/patch it up? The shoes are Allen Edmonds Belgium plain toe oxfords (in Burgundy) Cheers.
alberic7527 (8 months ago)
For the people whinning about $200 worth of polish products, the quantity you will get will last you long enough to do more than 100 pairs of shoes, so you are looking at $2 worth of product per pair ;^)
yobolion (8 months ago)
Yes I think he even emphasises using the products sparingly throughout his shoe polishing and renovating instructional videos!
Kirby Allison (8 months ago)
Couldn't agree more... and you don't have to spend $200. You could get almost everything you need for less than $100.
Ito Fermin (8 months ago)
Excellent idea Kirby! I will check for some wingtips on eBay!
donnie sanchez (8 months ago)
An anytime you apply wax to the shoes you always spray water to the cloth , it's what makes the wax blend into the pores if the leather
donnie sanchez (8 months ago)
Sorry dude but at the end the shoes are really not that much better
Johnny Olson (8 months ago)
Gross. Second hand footwear? It would suck to be poor.
Johnny Olson (8 months ago)
Also polishing your own shoes? That's a job for filthy people. Pay someone else to do it what's wrong with people.
Will J (9 months ago)
Get a cobbler to do this for 30-40 the cobbler will do a better more professional job and it is much cheaper than buying the product. The product here would cost in total $127.45 and you have to do it yourself.
His 'prodct' will last for a long time.
Sneakk (5 months ago)
Will J A Hustler's Documentary Yes but he can clean his shoes multiple times with that $127.45 whereas you’d have have to keep paying 30-40 every time you take it to a cobbler. Better to clean it yourself.
Mark The Gr8 (5 months ago)
While I think maintaining your shoes is good knowledge, I agree on actually restoring shoes. Some time ago a cobbler opened very near me and it's wonderful. I've only been there twice or thrice, but he's a great guy and prices are surprisingly cheap. First time I went there was because I was going to an event and my dress shoes had heel damage and was coming undone. I only had that one black pair, so it kind of needed to be fixed same day. Since I was going to buy a better pair anyway, I asked if he could just glue it on. He didn't really want to do a shabby job, and convinced me to just get a whole new heel. He paused his other work and did it in 1 hour for what equals roughly $7,50, which I didn't expect here in Scandinavia. That's a nice way to get a repeat customer :)
Martin Guajardo (9 months ago)
Watching this video, makes me want to go on ebay and find a pair of Allen Edmonds to fix.
Christopher Daniels (9 months ago)
I struck gold last week. I found 4 pairs of Allen Edmonds shoes at a goodwill here in LA. I knew they were a reputable brand of shoes but i had no idea about the history, craftsmanship and life span of ,Allen Edmonds. I got 4 pairs for 9.99 each and 2 of them are new. No scuffs and the leather feels untouched. Unfortunately they are a size 14 and 15 and I’m an 11. I’m going to sell them to anyone who’s looking for a size:15. Thanks for the info Man!
Kirby Allison (9 months ago)
That's awesome! They sound incredible. Sorry they didn't fit!
Susan Mathis (9 months ago)
Do this same video for women's shoes please. How do u find $50.00 .... shoes
Brian Binesh (9 months ago)
Is it just me or are the names of the products really pompous?
Kirby Allison (9 months ago)
They're French... so the names are in French. "Pommadier" = Cream; "Pate de luxe" = "luxury wax"
Tolik Rayevskiy (9 months ago)
Fake and gay.
goodboybuddy1 (9 months ago)
Much cooler to just let them be and wear 'em with jeans or kakis. You look poor trying so hard to look rich. The asshole who wore them just threw them away and bought another pair. Probably gave these to his maid.
saphyrellesmera (9 months ago)
How many times did he say "kind of"?
The Broke Entrepreneur (9 months ago)
50 for a pair of $400 shoes is too low. if i was the company id be pretty pist that your selling my shoes for that low
Rowdy Turner (7 months ago)
You can barely sell new Allen Edmonds on eBay for $200, so to get $50 used is ok. Depends on how long you want to wait to get your asking price.
heyitsfadfad (9 months ago)
that goyard though
Adriel Rowley (9 months ago)
I was raised folks should never wear used shoes as everyones feet shapes the lasts differently, is this wrong?
Rowdy Turner (7 months ago)
Depends on how many times theyve been worn. The shoes he was restoring looked lightly worn. You can find almost new Allen Edmonds on eBay for around $100 with just a few scuffs on the soles.
Adrian Garcia (9 months ago)
Pretty interesting project. You brought them back to life!
Barry Wuthrich (9 months ago)
Great shoes. Great tutorial. Lose the haircut. lol
physics77guy (9 months ago)
we never gave credit to cobblers in india and they are normally very poor. they do these techniques all the time and hardly get paid. if they start selling bespoke shoes to riches in western world they will be millionaire.
Numis Mm (9 months ago)
Those AE are nearly brand new... almost no wear on the soles and the heal with taps... brand new!!!
Coach Washburn (10 months ago)
If the cork in the sole molds to the foot of the person wearing it, what is it like to wear someone else's shoe like this? Without re-soling it...
McBastard Tv (10 months ago)
Shoe nerd
kag2306 (10 months ago)
Please get on with it
Kirby Allison (10 months ago)
kag2306 Man. You’ve got to allow me to build some suspense!!
Arkadiusz Prusak (10 months ago)
I am looking for black cap toe oxfords (like FIFTH AVENUE CAP-TOE OXFORD Edmonds) for a friends wedding but I have really hard time finding anything in size 5.
Kirby Allison (10 months ago)
A size 5... that could be difficult. Have you tried calling AE corporate to see if they could make you a pair?
blessedcajun (10 months ago)
Excellent video, Kirby. I have a question. I recently found a great pair of AE loafers on eBay. One fits perfectly while the other is slightly wider in the heel, obviously due to size abnormalities in the previous owner. Could you show a method to resize or shrink a portion of the leather surrounding the heel of a loafer if you know of any other than sending them in for the rebuilding process? Thank you for the videos. Am anxiously awaiting my HP order to restock my shoe shining gear. Thanks!
bschak (10 months ago)
I find that cris cross will make you jump, jump.
Canis Major Seven LLC (10 months ago)
I love this video. Thank you this was very informative. And I am interested in trying these products for my shoes... I want them to stay looking new. Scuffs are often difficult to avoid from occurring.
B Meetze (10 months ago)
How do you take out transfer stains from clothing? I accidentally washed shirts with a wine coloured skirt and the skirt pigment transferred. What do I do?
Kirby Allison (10 months ago)
Nothing you can do, sadly...
crudman69 (10 months ago)
Can you do another video where the shoes are a lot more worn? :)
Kirby Allison (10 months ago)
crudman69 It’s actually difficult to find a pair of shoes on eBay in bad condition. Guess nobody sells them...
Noa Baak (10 months ago)
I used to have a lot of AE models but stopped wearing AE, there are just too many good shoes and AEs make solid shoes with excellent customer service, but boring in terms of style. You can't depend on loyalty all the way.
Kirby Allison (10 months ago)
Noa Baak I certainly don’t disagree with you... it’s an entry point, but definitely very easy to do better, even for the same money. What brands are you wearing these days?
bobjordan69 (10 months ago)
How do you get rid of the crusty foot residue from the last dude to wear them?
alberic7527 (8 months ago)
Isopropyl alcohol swabs and generous amounts of fungicide powder ;^) Did you know peanut butter as per USDA guidelines has acceptable levels of rat hair to peanut butter ratios? Also the water you drink as per EPA guidelines has acceptable levels of cyanide and arsenic per gallon? As the saying goes "everybody likes hotdogs, however; nobody wants to know how they are made ;;-^) " It's pre owned shoes, it's not like you are sticking your feet into an army latrine" ;^)
Jonathan Grandt (11 months ago)
Those shoes don’t need to be restored....
Adam Young (11 months ago)
Um did anyone even see a difference and the before and after?
Josh Savage (11 months ago)
$50 shoes and $150 worth of product.
WHITE KIM_ TV (11 months ago)
I watched this video more than 10times. It’s very interisting. I’m sad that I cannot no get those kind of shoes with reasonable price in South Korea😂 I love this video lol
Luka (11 months ago)
Maybe an odd question but where did you find that Goyard trunk in the background of the video? It's so nice!
Raymond McDonald (11 months ago)
#TheHangerProject - What do you recommend for the top of the sole/edge - the stitched area? For all the work, it seems like that visible top of the welted area which collects dust and dirt was left relatively untouched except for incidental brushing.
MattJewson (11 months ago)
Great video! But please learn French pronunciation, it kills me! When you're trying to sell a higher end product - please don't butcher the names!! Pommadier - Pom-mad-ee-ay , D'Ors - duh-or , Médaille - Meh-dye
Jens Roßbroich (11 months ago)
sorry mate your hair looks horrible
Rahul Deepak (1 year ago)
U look like tom hiddleson
I XL (1 year ago)
Why did you not use Sole Polish? Saphir make a good one.
Kirby Allison (1 year ago)
The Saphir Sole Guard?
Harry Brown (1 year ago)
Nice job. You didn't do anything to the top of the sole, just the sides. Before you do anything else I recommend a fine point Sharpie to darken anything that's not already black, then take a toothbrush and clean them. Then put some ordinary black polish.... I mean some Saphir polish on the tooth brush and cover that whole surface right up against the side of the shoe. Then take a cloth and get any polish off the side of the shoe. Then begin what you did, if you have the patience. and a few hundred dollars worth of your products.
Bob Howard (1 year ago)
Kirby please before and after photos to the great job you are doing
Kirby Allison (1 year ago)
I know! We're making a point to include these now!

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