How To Choose The Right Color Shoe Polish | Kirby Allison

Hi, I'm Kirby Allison founder of TheHanger Project.

Here at The Hanger Project, we love helping the well-dressedtake care of their wardrobes.

Saphir Medaille d'Or the creampolishes has 13 different colors and so there's a lot to choose from and it's one of the things thatmakes the Saphir Medaille d'Or reallyincredible.

Now that said it's important not to stress too much about choosing the right shoe polish color because there's very rarely a perfect match, and so what's important is findingthe right match for your shoes that takes into account thedirection that you want to take that patina and that's one of the things that Ilove about polishing a pair of shoes isseeing the patina evolve over time as you polish those.

Now one of the things that I like todo to really test and demonstrate the pigment of the shoe polish is to smear it on a piece of white paper the same way that we did with the test of the differentpolish types.

These polishing notes can be foundin any of the product listings onHangerProject.


So if you're in the Saphir Pommadier cream polish listing and select an actual polish color from the dropdown you'll see that the polishing notes appear in the photograph window.

There you can see the same swatch on a white piece of paper that we'regoing to show you today plus some polishing notes reallydescribing kind of the nuance difference of that particular color.

The Medaille d'Or Pommadier creampolishes has four primary brown colors: light brown, medium brown, dark brown and their most recent addition oftobacco or havana brown.

So I'm going to take each of thesefour colors and smear them on a piece of white paper so that you can really understand the nuance difference between these four polishes.

So the light brown as you can see is a proper light brown, you know very buttery in colorcertainly darker than a tan but close to it.

The medium brown is certainly a more true kind of chocolate brown than what you find that the light brown and then the dark brown I think isprobably one of the most surprising of theforegrounds but dark brown really is a dark brown; it's almost a black.

So if you see me smear this onto the piece of paper it's a very dark color and then the tobacco brown is a color that they added quite recently, and this is where I really love tosmear these on a piece of white paper isto kind of show the nuance difference between the four browns.

So the light brown is a buttery, you know soft brown.

The medium brown is a middle of theroad the medium brown, the dark brown'squite black.

The tobacco brown is falling somewhere between the medium brown and the dark brown.

Has a little bit more of kind of adarker pigment without being a dark brown.

Now one of the things that I alwaysadvise our customers is to understand that there's still a certain level of transparency to these pigmented cream polishes.


And what that means is that if you apply them onto a shoe it'snot going to totally transform the color you know like as though you were using oil paint.


So applying a polish merely is just going to provide a thin tint on top of whatever that originalfinish is.

And so that's where it becomesreally fun to experiment with the different colors to see howyou can evolve and shift the patina of an actual pair of shoes.

If you're really worried aboutdarkening the shoes, then I always suggest that you use a slightly lighter color than the color of the shoes in orderto prevent it from unnecessarily darkening the finish.

All polish is going to darken theleather slightly and that occurs as the polishactually penetrates the leather to feed and nourish the leather itself in the same way water darkens paper, polish on leather, especially dry leather is going todarken.

But as that polish kind of dries out a little bit, you'll see that the color is going to rebound back to where itwas that you started.

So these are all beautiful polishes.

One of my favorite is the bordeaux and this as you can see is a deep purple.

Absolutely beautiful, beautiful color.

Then we've got the mahogany.

This is the number 09.

Here we're producing or introducing a lot of red pigment.

And then we get the hermes red.

Which I'd love to hear the storybehind this.

Is similar to the mahogany, but is a slightly more brilliant red than what you see with the mahogany.

And then finally we have the cognac.

Which could almost belong up here inthe family of browns as almost a medium brown with a little bit more butter in itso I would compare the cognac assomewhere between the medium brown and the light brown.

Next are the grays or the dark colors as I call them.

So the gray really is a proper gray.

It's certainly not a lighter version of a black.

Dark green, again is a pretty brilliant green but if you had a really dark dark green shoe this would work perfectly with that.

We've got the marine blue which ifyou have navy shoes is what I would recommend.

Finally we have black.

And I'm going to try to give aneutral but we'll see if my fingers are clean and to do this.

So there we go the neutral.

People often ask What can I use aneutral cream polish for? Why wouldn't I just use therenovateur or a neutral wax.

And the reason you would do is use aneutral is that for one you can use it to actuallyclean off pigment that is on a pair of shoes.

The solvents or the turpentine that's in theneutral basically re-emulsifies or re-liquifies those old waxes and you can pull those off of theshoe very gently.

So a lot of people will use aneutral cream polish as a soft kind of gentle cleaner.

The other thing is you can use theneutral to dilute any of these polishes, so if you find that you're close but want to lighten it up a littlebit.

You know you could always just takethe underside of the cap and mix some of the polishes together to get that perfect pigmentcolor you're looking for and then apply it to the shoesthemselves.

Another thing that I reallyrecommend here at The Hanger Project is to experiment with using different color polishes on your shoes.

That's where it really gets fun and you begin to see your shoes take a life of their own.

And so for instance with a pair of black shoes try using a blue polish on it to bring out a more depth to the polish itself or with a pair of burgundy shoes you can use mahogany on it.

Again, just introduce a little bit of a red tint.

Now if you're choosing or polishing a secondary polishcolor on your shoes you have to understand as I mentioned earlier that you'rereally tinting you're not going to change the color of a pair of shoes unless you'reusing something like a black polish on a pair oflight brown shoes.

And if you did that and weren't happy you could alwaysremove that polish with the Saphir Renomat which is going to pull anything thatyou placed on top of the leather off.

So have fun and experiment and see what you can do to use thesepolishes to give your shoes a life of theirown.

You can also check out our video onwax versus cream polishes where Iexplain in greater detail the nuancedifference between a wax and a cream polish.

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I'm Kirby Allison founder of TheHanger Project.

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