Saphir is the premium brand for any . Their name goes hand in hand when researching and how to care for your .
They have a (very) long history of making luxury products using only the best , sourced the world over.
Here, we'll take a deep dive into one of their most popular products; their Pate De Luxe . What this is and why it's unique.
What Is It?
Saphir's Pate De luxe is a paste . Sometimes referred to as a , given its texture.
"Our famous Pâte De Luxecombines a selection of premium oils and waxes, including (natural pine extract), , , and six other waxes with , protecting, softening and shining qualities."
Let's break this down a little bit.
There are waxes from at least three different sources here. This is one of the things separates it , an abundance of .
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, , and Montan are all . Meaning solid at room temperature. These are some of the most important elements of this paste . This is what seperates it being a cream . While their Pommadier cream also has these waxes, they have a much lower concentration.
These hard waxes give this its texture. It is a hard paste, somewhat similar to butter from the fridge. Maybe a touch softer.
They also allow you to get an Here is one of our favourite examples done by a master. on your . The high concentration of come together to help you get a on your . The is usually reserved for the toes and/or heels. It comes by many names: Glacage or , /finish, bulled toe, spit , military . The list goes on. All different names for the same thing.
" , which is extracted from pine trees grown in Southern Europe, is another star ingredient of this special formula. It thoroughly degreases the and enhances the absorption of the waxes. The spirit evaporates, leaving the rich natural waxes to protect and ." - Saphir
This is another important element. It is an emulsifier. This helps bring together all of the ingredients into a consistent mixture. And Saphir will only use the . No petroleum substitutes here.
This helps with application, it has a slight drying affect that regulates excess moisture. It also has a very fragrant pine scent. You can literally smell the difference when you use it for the first time. You wont want to go back!
Lastly is the colour. This comes in 11 different colours as well as neutral. Saphir uses a high level of pigment. This means that it is deeply .
This allows you to add a great depth of colour to your Edward Green being a great example of burnishing done well. if you desire. Using a dark brown or black on a medium brown for example. This will allow you to get a bit of a burnished effect. It creates a gradient of colours from dark to light. A very handsome look for and boots. Some high end shoes will come with this look from the factory.
If you are in a pinch, you can also use some as edge dressing. Apply a few thin to your sole edge and it can help fill in scuffs and marks on the edges of your shoes.
One note: Saphir's website says that Pate De Luxe provides , hydrates, and is full of . We...don't see it this way. We get into it a bit more in our . Pate De Luxe is an amazing product but it isn't for cleaning or for hydrating. vs. Cream post
The is for shining and sits on top of the . Use products specifically for cleaning or conditioning if that's what you need. We find this paste is best when used in conjunction with other Saphir products. No one product does it all. Different products for different uses!
So now that you know a bit more about what it is, now lets talk about how to use it.
How To Use It?
A few quick notes before you apply.
First, Paste is meant for . It is not suitable for suede, nubuck, or anything else that has any type of nap. You can apply it to and/or cordovan. It can be used on all but is most effective on boots and shoes.
Second, this should be reserved as your finishing coat in your routine. Any cleaning or conditioning should be done beforehand. Applying these products after makes them less effective (since the creates a barrier) and can damage your mirror finish.
Third, this is one of the only products that doesn't require a . The stiff bristles from the can wear off your new finish.
Lastly, the directions below will work the paste into a smooth and thin layer. This layer has some protecting qualities since it's a layer of . It also means that is is NOT pliable. It will break when bent or pressed on. Because of this you should not use this on any part of your shoes that bends. Working on the heels and toes is most common. Avoid using it on the vamp. It will crack and leave a white residue. This usually looks like cracked . It can be removed with deep cleaning but it is better if avoided.
Step 2: If you are going to clean, hydrate of use a cream , now is the time. Finish all other elements of your routine first.
Step 3. Once your shoes are clean and/shined, now you can apply the paste , or any smooth soft (we like to use an old cotton t-shirt torn into smaller pieces), apply the . Use very small amounts to start. Think of applying many small, thin on top of each other. This is much better than one thick coat.. Using a , a
Use small a and rub the gently onto the areas you are working on. You should be apply light pressure most. The weight of your hand/fingers is usually enough. Over and over, ( on, off style) continue this process. The will first go on somewhat hazy. As you continue to work the in a , it will start to get smooth and shiny.
You might find that a very small amount of water will help this process. When we say small, we mean small. Start with 1-2 drops at most. It should never be "wet" at any point. Less is more here.
Step 4. (Optional) Keep going. Once your moves from hazy to shiny in step 3, you have completed one coat. You can stop here. You should already have a little bit of a going on. This can be enough for chukka boots, pebble grain, or more casual uses.
Or, if you want to get a shinier finish you can continue. Repeat the application process of step 3 again to apply another coat. Using a small amount of , put some on, it'll get hazy, then clear again. As you build up additional layers it will get shinier and shinier. Make sure you go slow and don't use too much water. Moving too quickly and using too much water can cause the to get saturated. Or the . This will cause imperfections or "spots" in your .
You can continue this process over and over. You will get a shinier and shinier . It can get to the point where you can see your reflection in the ! Hence the name .
Step 5: Maintenance. Now that you've achieved the you want, you should try and maintain it. This means you should avoid heavy cleaning or brushing of the part you put the on (usually heels and toes). Use a soft to gentle wipe those areas to clean. You can also use an extra soft goat or yak hair , if you're so inclinced. Avoid rigourous brushing with a horse hair since it can the right off.
Eventually it will start to wear away regardless. When this happens and you want to refresh, you can go back to step 3. Since you have a base layer, you won't need to do as much work as before. A few extra on your base layer will bring them right back.
Now your high is ready to impress. Whether its for a wedding, the office, or for a night out, you're ready to go.