Leffot is a U.S. stockist of the ever popular Saphir shoe care products. Saphir MDO (Medaille d’or 1925) is produced in France and is one of the finest shoe polishes available. We stock 100 ml wax tins, 75 ml creme jars, and 75 ml rénovateur arguably the finest leather cleaner and conditioner on the planet. We also stock horsehair brushes and baby soft cotton chamois to buff and shine your most precious shoes.
This exclusive line has its origins in formulations that have earned Saphir the award of the GOLD MEDAL, PARIS 1925. Composed of turpentine, vegetable waxes, animal and mineral fossils, its formula is unchanged and has not suffered the technical progress of chemistry such as the addition of silicones and resins.
Polishing your own shoes is a very gratifying experience. It need not be overly complicated and it should not cause you stress, relax and enjoy. Your shoes will mean more to you than ever if you have a little sweat equity invested. Remember how proud you felt after you washed and waxed your car in high school? Polishing your shoes is no different.
This tutorial is a “basic overview” of how to clean and polish your cordovan shoes; we hope you find it helpful. Like everything else there are many variations and everyone has their own personal preferences. It’s kind like asking how you like your steak cooked to each his own. The point is start with the basics; keep working at it and in time you’ll begin to develop your own technique.
There are many reasons Genuine Horween shell cordovan is so desirable, i.e comfort, appearance, and durability but today we’re talking about maintenance.
A client of ours recently came in wearing a pair of Leffot Ivy loafers in navy shell cordovan. The shoes were well worn and when we asked him about the condition he told us he had worn them to hike along a volcanic trail in Hawaii. An interesting choice of footwear we initially thought but as these shoes are so incredibly comfortable we thought why not?
The shoes were covered in dirt and ash and were very dull with salt stains. We asked him to remove the shoes so we could clean them.
First we wiped them down with a slightly damp cloth, next we used Saphir Renovateur with a clean cloth to remove grime and condition the leather. We wiped down again with a clean cloth and buffed with a large horsehair brush and voila!! The whole process took less than five minutes.
Maintaining your shoes is not complicated or difficult just use common sense and quality products such as Saphir. Shell cordovan is one of the easiest leathers to maintain because it cleans up well and produces a beautiful luster in no time.