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May 19, 2020

Shining Museum Calf – With Saphir

Over the years, I have seen a lot of questions about museum calf and how to shine it. Allow me to share a couple of pointers here so that maybe your questions can be answered in one post: Museum Calf is a box calf with a pre-dyed patina like effect on it, giving it its marbled look. It is not an actual patina. It is drum dyed, just like black box calf You can condition […]

April 27, 2020

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Saphir × Crockett & Jones

Two great giants have teamed together to create a special collection of shoe care. Last Winter Crockett & Jones decided that using the French based shoe care powerhouse, Saphir, as their core polish and shoe care accessories offering was the way to go. And so they teamed together to create C&J branded Saphir Medaille D’or shoe care range for the C&J shops and collection. This was a huge move for both companies in the efforts […]

April 8, 2020

The Elegant Oxford – Your Shoe Care Guide

Shoe Care might actually be the biggest and most popular subject in the shoe industry. Back when I used to post a lot more about it, as I was a ‘professional’ shoe shiner in London, the vast majority of my emails were about polishing one’s shoes and how to either do it well or how to reverse things that had gone wrong. In fact, I got so many emails on the subject that I simply […]

March 24, 2020

5 Shoe Shine “Don’ts” to Know About

There are many mistakes people make when shining their shoes. These mistakes sometimes have adverse effects on their shoes, which is no good, especially if the shoe is brand new and thus gets ruined. Once upon a time, I was considered an expert shoe shiner (for those that don’t know) and felt that I need to get back to offering some knowledge on shoe shining, the ‘Do’s and Don’ts.’ And as the “Don’ts” have more […]

December 10, 2019

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Using Saphir to Get the Shine Results You Want!

It is not a coincidence that Instagram, YouTube and the rest of the web for that matter is riddled with people taking photos of their shiny shoes next to Saphir products. I can guarantee they are not all paid advertising. Sure a couple might be. But the majority are just normal shoe enthusiasts showing that a great product can give you the results you want with a little know-how and patience. And you can see […]

July 19, 2019

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Quick Restore Using Saphir

The problem with mirror shines is that when they get a bit worn down i.e. cracked, they can make you feel like your shoe is ruined but its never the case and is nearly always a quick fix if you know the tricks to doing so and have good quality products backing you up in your efforts. I am a peesonal fan of the French made shoe care industry and Saphir is at the top […]

February 19, 2019

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London Super Trunk Show 2019 – Main Partner: Saphir

    To read more about the London Super Trunk Show 2019, please click HERE   For those that may not realize, there is shoe polish and then there is SHOE POLISH. The French Shoe Polish Powerhouse, Saphir, would fall into the latter category making what is often considered the finest shoe polish there is. And for good reason too. You won’t know this without ever having first-hand experience with it, but when comparing the products of […]

March 21, 2018

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LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 – MAIN PARTNER: SAPHIR

To read more about the London Super Trunk Show 2018, please visit the following link: https://www.theshoesnobblog.com/2018/02/london-super-trunk-show-2018.html   Saphir is one of the leading premium shoe care product manufacturers in the world. The French brand is owned by Avel Group, who in turn is owned by a larger group that also owns brands like Dasco, Terrago and La Cordonnerie Anglais under their branch. Well known for both the high quality of care and protection of the products, as well as […]

April 24, 2017

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London Super Trunk Show — Brand Showcase — The Sponsors

Like most events, sponsors/partners are involved to help make the whole thing happen. To these partners we are eternally grateful for and therefore wish to shed some light on who they are in the hopes that while many of you will come to see shoes, that you also check out the partners and see what they have available. So here goes: Our Main Partner – Saphir   For those that do not already know, Saphir is one […]

March 14, 2016

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Do It Yourself Shoe Dyeing

A reader recently sent me a picture of his collection of Ed Et Al boots that he had patina’d all by himself and I must say that he did a fantastic job. And while I wont say that mastering the art of patina is an easy thing I do believe that anyone that puts their mind to it, through trial and error, can at least get to a level where they could dye their own […]