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.
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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
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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.
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.
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.
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."
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!
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, 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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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 ;^)
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.
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.
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 :)
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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" ;^)
#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.
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
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.
I wish I could do this. But the thought of wearing your used shoes scares me. I prefer to wait for a sale or pay full price in order the get the right fit. What if that person had some type of foot fungus?
Thanks for another interesting video. Do you do anything to a used pair of shoes to sanitize them? Also, do you do anything to aid in the shoe forming to a new foot, like wetting the insole so that it forms to your instep, etc.? Please do a follow up video of how you treat the inside of the challenge shoes. I just bid on a couple of pairs on eBay.
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