Pure Polish Color Guide
Here's a chart breaking down the pigment colors of each of our polish offerings. And while each product may not imbue full-richness or depth of the colors shown, this is the "true nature", of the pigment itself, and what – over time – the migration will progress towards.
As always, let us know if you have any questions, or if there are any colors you'd love to see that we're currently missing!
Vintage Scotch Grain Leather Shined Up
Polishing grain leather is not an easy thing. Caring for the leather care be quite straight forward – keep it conditioned with Conditioner, protected with Cream, and add some scuff protection on the toes and heels with Paste/Wax Polish. But, getting that magic mirror shine or even a nice quality high shine, can sometimes be elusive.
Grain leather has more texture, it's grainy (by definition), and rubbing stiff waxes across grain can be challenging.
Restoring Vintage Florsheim Imperial Wingtip Oxfords
Here's a walkthrough on our process for restoring a pair of Vintage Florsheim Imperial Wingtip Full-Brogue Oxfords.
They were given new life recently, using only our products for a full restore from start-to-finish.
Picked up from the bottom shelf of a thrift store for $4, we recognized that the leather still had a lot of life left in them, if given some love and chemistry attention.
Applying Paste/Wax Polish - Step 2 on Men's Black Crockett & Jones Derbies11-minute video where Andy shows how to apply Paste/Wax Polish to the toes and heels of your leather shoes and boots. Andy gives descriptions of the "how's" and "why's" of using Wax versus Cream, where and why to apply it, and the different application techniques.
Lensing and Shading
Imagine a pair of sunglasses for your shoes or boots. Lensing is a technique whereby you add a different colored or shaded lens to the toes and heels of your shoe or boot.
Lensing is different from burnishing, antiquing, or patina, in that the color remains embedded within the wax, and doesn't impregnate itself within the base leather. It compliments leather patina, by adding a new dimension through light effects. This technique uses two key products - Cream Polish and Colored Paste/Wax.
Additionally, you can mirror shine on top of the lensing, for increased color and light effects.
Pure Polish Andy Gives Shoe Shining Tips
Walking home from DaKine café in Bend, Andy considers recent tips he’s been giving on mirror polishing and how to avoid buildup of too much wax.