How to Remove Scuffs & Scratches from Leather Shoes | Kirby Allison

How to Remove Scuffs & Scratches from Leather Shoes | Kirby Allison

Hi I’m Kirby Allison and here at The Hanger Project, we love to help the well-dressed
take care of their wardrobes. In today’s video I’m going to show you how to repair scratched shoes. If you have any questions or comments on this video please ask
them in the comments section below. I get back to all those questions
personally. It’s inevitable with any dress shoe
that as you wear them, they’re going to become scuffed or scratched. Most scuffs and scratches can be
easily repaired just with a little bit of Saphir shoe
polish. So this video, we purchased a pair
of Allen Edmonds on eBay for $50. As you can see they’re incredibly scuffed.On eBay, you have so many pairs of valid
Edmond’s that are in good condition, there’s really no reason to buy
anything in such poor condition. I actually had to look harder to
find a pair of Allen Edmonds suitable for
this video than I would have had to look if I
wanted to find a pair in really nice condition. But this shows you kind of the
variety of scratches that you can find in a
pair of shoes. You have all the way from really
deep nicks and scuffs in the toe of these heels all the way to some kind of lighter scratching and scuffing right here. Again these are some scratches that
happened probably against some concrete so
these are a little bit deeper into the surface
of the leather all the way around to just kind of general discoloration that just happens during the course
of any type of normal wear. This represents really kind of the
worst condition that you could find a pair
of shoes in and what I’m going to show you today
is that using the Saphir shoe polish, you can rejuvenate even a pair of
shoes in such terrible shape. There’s two primary Saphir products
that you’re going to want to use to repair
scuffs and scratches. Which you choose is really a function of how bad the
damage is. Now the first line of defense
against any scuff or scratch is just a simple Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish and this is what we recommend here
at The Hanger Project for the primary care of your shoes. And the reason is because a Cream Polish has a higher
concentration of those recoloring pigments than a wax polish. So 80 percent of all scuffs and scratches really can be fixed just by polishing your shoes using the Saphir Pommadier Cream
Polish. Now if the scuffs and scratches are
deeper, like what you see on the front of these shoes. Then you need to use a product that
not only is going to offer that
recoloration but is going to be able to fill and kind of resurface that damage and Saphir has a product called the
Creme Renovatrice or the Saphir Renovating Cream that is perfect for
this purpose. What it is is it’s a combination of
both resins and pigments. Think of the Renovating Repair cream as that putty. It has pigment that you can match to
the polishes right so you can recolor but it’s also going to allow you to
fill those holes. And then lastly depending on how bad the damage is there’s a few other
tricks that you could use. One is if you see the surface is really smooth or you have pieces of leather
hanging off, you can actually use some really
fine grit sandpaper to kind of smooth
that surface off to prepare that area to be recolored. Now it’s not something that I would
recommend going in really hard. If you have a high quality pair of
scissors, you can use those scissors to cut off any type of leather that might
be hanging off the shoe. And step one, since I really don’t
know the history of this pair of Allen Edmonds that I
purchased off eBay. I’m going to use this fear
RenoMat to really pull off anything that
might be on the surface of these shoes. So I’m going to use this across the
entire shoe to really provide that first deep
clean to open up the leather and to prepare it to receive the
pigments from the Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish. So to apply the RenoMat at
first you want to shake it. And then you just use a cotton
chamois. This is our Hanger Project chamois to apply this. Just on the leather using a medium to firm pressure, because again you want to pull anything that’s on the surface of
this leather off. It’s very common for the chamois to actually pull pigment off, that only means that it’s working. Now I’m using the Saphir RenoMat, you want to continue to use it until
you see that the surface has changed. You’re not looking at the amount of pigment coming off on the chamois as an indication of whether or not you’ve used it enough. Because again, you’re always going to get a little
bit of pigment off of the leather onto the chamois until the point that the shoe is
completely stripped so you don’t want to go
crazy. But one or two nice passes along the shoe using medium to firm pressure will really make sure that this
product is pulling anything off that surface. So I’ve completed cleaning the shoes
using the Saphir RenoMat, and you can really see how by pulling off the polish that was on top of the shoes, it really exposes even further how poor condition these shoes were in. And again, these are a pair of Allen
Edmonds, it isn’t totally uncommon for the finish of a pair of Allen
Edmonds not to be completely stable. So you know, you can pull a little bit of that
factory finish off, but here I think again, what we’re seeing, is just where the shoes were
scratched or scuffed, pulled that dyed leather off. Now we’ve pulled up anything that’s
sitting on top that leather just kind of preventing
it from absorbing the pigments and nutrients from the Saaphir
Pommadier Cream Polish, I’m going to next polish the shoes using the pigmented Cream Polish. The Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish
contains three to five times more pigments in
it than a standard cream polish and it does an exceptional job of
just recoloring the leather and really concealing any type of
minor scuffs and scratches. So I have three possible color
matches here for these Allen Edmonds oxblood shoes. First is the Mahogany, and then I have a Bordeaux #8 which is a burgundy, and then right here I have the
Hermes Red. Now the difference between
these three pigments is that the Mahogany has more of kind of like a
reddish brown and if I put that on here, you’re going to see it’s probably a
little too light for these shoes. I’m going to set that aside and then we have the Hermes Red, which again, I think is probably going to do the
best job really matching these shoes. The burgundy or the Bordeaux really has a lot of purple in it. And as you can see it’s actually
darker than the standard pigment in this
shoe. So I think that actually the Hermes
Red is going to be our best match here. And then I’m going to really polish the shoes using the Saphir
Pommadier Cream Polish and we’ll see what it
does. Now it’s not going to take care of
all these scratches, so I just want to take a first pass with the Saphir Pommadier Cream
Polish to show you what that would do before using something even stronger and more permanent like the Saphir
Renovating Repair Cream. So I’ve got some of this on
my chamois, I’m just going to kind of dab this Okay. So I’ve allowed the polish to
dry. Now I’m going to buff it off just
using this horsehair brush. And you can see with one coat of the Pommadier Cream Polish, you know we haven’t totally
concealed these scratches because it is quite an actual deep scratch that removed a lot of that pigment. So this might be an example of a
pair of shoes that in order to really fully return these to look like new condition, you’re going to need to actually use a leather dye which would be a permanent alcohol based pigment. But here we’re just using the Cream Polish. I’m going to play a few more coats and kind of see how this helps
saturate this leather. It certainly looks better but it doesn’t look new. And again, it’s a function of the condition that they were in
originally. So let’s apply another coat and see where that gets us. So as you can see with this pair of
Allen Edmonds, you know the scratching in the
scuffing in the leather is actually quite
deep, and so even with the pigmented
cCream Polish we’re not getting a full saturation and able to kind of elevate that
color to match the undamaged leather. So there’s two different ways that
you can take this, you know here, in this case, it actually produces kind of a nice patina right, where you have a little bit of
natural antiquing, just the result of kind of discoloration over time. Another thing that you can do to help lessen this is to antique the shoes, where you would use a darker polish, so here I’m using the Burgundy which you know has a
little bit more purple in it. It’s certainly darker. And you can use that to kind of help produce and develop that patina. So by taking a darker polish on those damaged sections of the
shoe, you can kind of darken that area to help conceal the damage. So you can see the before and after shot here. You know the shoe doesn’t look new, but it was in terrible condition. It certainly does look better now. Next, what I’m going to do is I’m going to
use the Renovating Repair Cream to fill this kind of deeper scuff right here in the toe of the shoe. So here I have some of the
Renovating Repair Cream and what I’m going to do is I’m just
going to kind of put it into this area. Kind of fill those deeper gaps. But I’m also going to kind of take
this around to some of the areas that have a
little bit more discoloration and just kind of conceal that area that’s really light. I’m most concerned with it on the toe because I want a little bit more
blending the discoloration here on this side of the shoe, I’m ok with that because it
honestly, it just gives it a nice kind of
antiquing. We’re going to allow that a few
minutes to dry and then we’ll polish on top of it. So the Renovating Repair Cream’s had
a little bit of time to dry. It’s filled that scratch, just going to do one more coat of cream polish on top of this again to help blend that in. I’m going to use a little bit of
this Burgundy just because I’m trying to burnish or antique this area of the shoe. So I’m going to apply that on, give it a few minutes to dry, and then buff it off one last time. So here we are, these Allen Edmonds
had proved to be a lot more challenging than I
anticipated. You can see that with the Pommadier Cream Polish and the Renovating Repair cream, we were really able to reduce as much of the discoloration and the scuffing as possible, but there’s no question that you
still see scuffing without the shoe. So again, we bought these for less than 50
bucks on eBay. That is quite severe damage to the shoe. With the cream polish, you can see it looks better than it did whatever we received
them. If we were to use a wax it probably
would look even a little bit better. And so for this shoe I mean really
what you’re going to do, and what your goal would be, is to just reduce the appearance of the discoloration from that
scuffing and scratching as much as possible. Add a little bit of antiquing or patina, and really kind of embrace the
condition of these shoes. If you have any questions or comments about anything I
discussed in this video, feel free to ask and in the comments
section below, I get back to all those comments
personally and this will probably be the first
in what is a series of videos on how to repair scratched shoes. So check back on the YouTube channel as we’ll continuously post
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Comments (100)

  1. does this work for cow leather?

  2. These shoes look like my son's shoes. I had bought them in Hong Kong for HK $1500

  3. This is straight out of a "Frasier" episode!

  4. How do i remove creases on suede leather shoe

  5. I cant believe anyone buys secondhand shoes.  Maybe if you are really poor, but otherwise no fucking way. Shoes soaked with someone elses foot sweat? Disgusting.

  6. Thanks – is Saphir the best brand for the job? That seems to be a theme throughout your videos. If it is the best, why?

  7. I really don't take advice about shoe repair from a guy in a $1000 suit. I want to see the fat bearded guy with the apron and old machinery

  8. Kirby what was the name of that model of Allen Edmonds ?

  9. what would you suggest for the scratched outsole?

  10. Don't be hard on yourself you had rips on the leather finish. They came back to a reasonable pair.

  11. Well done good sir.

  12. your background is awesome!!! you look great making the video. Thank you for your effort on helping to know more about life!!

  13. The discoloration gives a look of "Antiquing" I rather have a better even color thank you.

  14. you talk waaasy to much. talk les dad gommit and work more. u can put info duri g the vid. dont waste time maaan.

  15. re-stain and polish the soles; buff the leather

  16. Are Calvin Klein’s a cheep shoe? I got a pair of burgundy that get red stripes where ever they rub anything and I can’t seem to be able to fix it.

  17. My Zara shoes got into water and it's totally messed, their is lots of wrinkles on the shoes, kindly suggest me how to make it on it's original position.

  18. Fuck me.
    New drinking game. Everytime he says Saphir, take a shot. Every time he says pomedere, chug a beer.

  19. Could you do a mirror polish on a police boot? Usually police boots are meant to have something similar to a mirror shine all the way around but it gets damaged easily. Maybe if you had an option on how to keep it very shiny while still keeping it manageable? Or how to continue to manage it easily? Most that really care about a shiny boot goes with leather luster, but it’s not the healthiest for the leather. If you have any input, that would be great!!!

  20. What you kept inside the shoe for better stiff? Almost every video i noticed that. Where i can get those?

  21. What's the best way to repair a stain?

  22. 0000 steel wool dipped in similar colored wax…soft pressure. Gone! It de-edges the scratch. Makes it less defined.

  23. Maybe remove laces first?

  24. Can I use it on leather SM stuff? I have scratches on mine caused by a whip.

  25. how do i remove black stripes/marks from my Air Force 1's its leather material so i have no clue i cant find anything usefull on the internet

  26. This is the only reason a man should take 2 hours to get ready

  27. Please take of that nice jacket and put an apron on xden

  28. Anyone catch the new of the products this guy uses?

  29. Hi, can I use any shoe oils after using the saphir polish?

  30. I would just suggest some surgical gloves, that dye is hard to remove from underneath fingernails! A good video…

  31. Less talk please!

  32. The polish is a good match for the furniture in your office. I. personally, would use a little lighter fluid to clean the surface. I have never done any harm doing so. It's just naphtha. I have also had good luck with deeper scratches using a spoon or smooth surfaced item like it to "burnish" the area. Again, i have had very good results. Pocks and gouges, are like rust on steel. You can can remove the rust, but you can not remove the damage. By burnishing the leather, you make the scratch or gouge more level to the rest of the surrounding area and that makes the repair look more even.

  33. Thanks for the video, this is great insight. At what stage of the shoe clean/repair should I be applying my leather conditioner for this situation?

  34. Awwww you didn't have to wear a suit just for us…..

  35. Awwww you didn't have to wear a suit just for us…..

  36. WHAT ARE THOSE !!!!!!

  37. Would this work on my brown captain Thursday boots?

  38. Holy shit, I just went to Allen Edmonds website to have a look at some dress shoes and the price in Australian dollar is $1100-$1200 and that is without the shipping cost.

  39. I'm a bit of a weirdo….all of my body is dressed like I'm a homeless alcoholic but my feet always have the best looking shoes in the city.

  40. Buy more Saphir products… buy more… buy more… buy more Saphir.

  41. Hello ,,,Do you design for shoes or just repair shoes ?

  42. Should you clean the horse hair brush from time to another?

  43. Thanks Kirby, super videos. I have a question: How do I remove scuffs and scratches on white dress shoes? is there a polish/creme/wax that will help cover the scuffs? Cheers!

  44. Could have just went to the thrift store …. smh

  45. Very instructive. Well done!

  46. Can I use it on my Chanel bags?

  47. yeah…. just send them back to AE and let them repair them AND replace that sole.

  48. Name of background music please.Thank you.

  49. Thank you for the tips Kirby!

  50. I polished more shoes and boots in the Army than I care to remember. I could've told you right up front you needed leather dye. No way you were gonna get those back to looking new without it, but you did a great job nonetheless. I salute your effort!

  51. There's something cathartic about cleaning a great pair of shoes. Great job fella! ?

  52. Thankyou – – guess I will take my shoes to a cobbler……. LOL since I don't have all those supplies!

  53. I thought you were saying 'severe' – now I see you are saying Saphir….. LOL Makes a difference- next video show the name or spell it. 🙂

  54. That wife is so lucky

  55. They look good! They have character.

  56. Is there any way to remove the scuffs from the bottom of the soles I am trying to give away a pair and I just want them to look a little bit fresher

  57. If I didn't like my baby, I might name him Kirby so he would get his ass beat in school.

  58. I like this guy style.

  59. Hey, uh, can I hire you to fix my Allen Edmonds? They are in better condition than these shoes – a key scratched across one of the toe caps, relatively superficial, but when I polish, the scratches are still visible.

  60. Thank you! At work I'm on my feet all day and often lift door stops with my feet which can lead to scuffs. Superb demonstration!

  61. how can scraping leather garment like jean

  62. You are very elegant

  63. Thanks, great video. You mentioned sand paper to smooth out deep gouges. What grit? Also, any thoughts on doing this on bookbinder leather like you find on some AE's and Church's? Seems like it's a lot harder to fix scratches on that type of leather. Thanks!

  64. What about a pair of pebbled soft leather loafers that have an abrasion like slice. Not deep but I feel they need a type of bonding repair. Do you have a video on how to do that?

  65. Nobody does that to shoes unless they're getting mugged, butt raped or making a shoe polishing video.

  66. Why is this 12 minutes long

  67. What brand of shoes were these? I cant remember

  68. Thanks for the helpful info!  Those shoes look shot, even after repair….time to get a new pair of shoes!  I would suggest wearing an old T shirt so you don't get your nice suit dirty.

  69. Kirby, love your presentation, could you mix creme polishes to get the colour just right?

  70. Please remember to wear gloves

  71. That’s the worst condition a person can find? I think not.

  72. "This represents really kind of the worst condition that you could find a pair of shoes in":
    Yeeeeeeeeah sure it does
    /quietly puts away beat up leather boots/

  73. I have seen shoes with light scratches in the box, and did not buy them for that reason.

  74. Nice video, and you did an honorable job. perhaps those shoes wont see the high end board room again, but certainly everyday wear i.e. suits, dates and or specail events.

  75. This guy is a serial killer

  76. A true gentleman cleans and restores his shoes wearing a suit and tie, sitting at a desk. 🙂

  77. And it turned out garbage), hands from ass great master!

  78. I am watching this because my $200 Conklin Tanker boots have been pretty badly scuffed and scraped at the toes, and, somehow, on the inside left heel of my left boot. If any of my description is confusing, I would recommend looking around online for pictures of these types of boots. I wish to repair them back to original condition. This will be a big problem not because of the scrapes, but because the steel that the buckles on the right boot were made of must have had a severe flaw or defect, because after 2 years of off and on use, the foot buckle had half the loop, the side opposite of where the prong holds the strap down against one end of the frame(not the part that broke), so the half where you tuck the strap under after putting the prong into one of the holes in the strap. And the shin buckle was doing very well… until the weld joint snapped and the steel frame tore (or perhaps snapped, but the ragged edge to me implied a tear) couple of places. The shin buckle is beyond repair, and I don’t have the tools to repair the foot buckle. I need to rebuild both of them. So I literally need to carefully pull them apart by undoing the stitching, which is very intricate, fabricate each buckle out of steel, I am thinking that I will not do any bending to shape the buckles to avoid weakening the steel in any way, and instead probably going to get a ~2.5” x ~3” x ~0.5” steel block and carefully carve out the frame, bar, and tang as they would be when in the leather loops that secure the buckles to the boots. If I am going to do this, I might as well replace the soles as well, they are getting very worn down. It is a very good thing that the boots are meant to last a long time in Active Military Service, and as such have replaceable soles. They are literally down onto the leather body of the shoe. I am not sure if the entire boot is leather apart from the sewn on sole, buckles, and thread, but sit is my best guess so far. The insole is to firm to be felt from what I can tell.

    By now, if you read this entirely, you would probably be wondering why I don’t take them into a boot repair shop. I could do that, there are a few within easy reach of me, but that is just a one time fix. Eventually I will need to go back in again to get them repaired again, and that doesn’t make any sense to me at all. I would rather learn to fix them myself. And no, I will not buy a replacement pair just because the buckles broke. I am planning on getting a second pair for storage until my current pair are beyond my abilities to repair, and beyond the abilities of boot repair shops to repair them, or I outgrow them(unlikely; my feet were pretty much done growing when I got them, and I got a size larger than my feet were at the time). At that time, I will start using the second pair. I personally more than recommend these boots, even for a desk job as long as you are ok with callouses on the back of your heels, and a 2 week break in period where you will probably need to wear a heavy wool sock over a normal sock to prevent blisters. If you get the boots, but they appear too big, or the straps are pulled to their tightest hole and they are still a bit too big, I would recommend getting some wool foot insoles. I forget which brand mine are, but I got mine at the same place I got my boots, and are of a type that are/were supposedly used by the US Military. Try too get them in the same size of your boot. If you can’t, you can get them a size or two larger and trim them down. At least that is what the Veteran who owned the shop told me. He is also the guy who gave me the idea of replacing the soles, as when I got my pair, he said that during the time he was over in Iraq, he said he was a tank crewman by the way, he and other crewmen took off the standard soles they had on their boots, and put on scale pattern soles to give them better traction on sand.

  79. It says on the link for the repair creme that you can mix colors to make it the right color to blend in. What would one mix in to change the color?

  80. lmao didn't know construction workers wore allen edmonds shoes at work….. :O

  81. What if u don't have shoe polish¿

  82. Saphir shill is obvious! Still, I went and bought both products shilled.

    I have some new boots that are pretty nice, and I was mortified to notice that operating the clutch in my vehicle had somehow put a small nick on the top of my boot's toe. Hopefully this method will help undo the damage. Now I just need to figure out how to fix the pedals in my car.

  83. Nice presentation. Thank you!

  84. Great video! I have a few questions comparing your methods with military footwear. Granted, I'm sure you do not need to travel in the woods with shoes on, but we have to maintain a certain level of appearance. With that, here's my questions:

    1. Considering that are sold almost exclusively on military bases, what is your opinion with Kiwi products?

    2. How applicable are these methods to a military boot? Some people still use a black boots that require a mild shine…

    3. What is your opinion regarding the "military spit shine" for a more inspection-ready shine?

    4. What are some don'ts you would recommend with military boots that require maintenance?

  85. could do with a good way to fix my shoes mom came around and shut a cat in my cupboard and has clawed my shoes anyway to fix the deep claw marks?

  86. They looked great at the end! Idk what you were so disappointed with. You did a great job! I'd wear those all day.

  87. I've never had dress shoes with the toe pointing up like that. The hell is that all about?

  88. Thank you. Having recently invested in a number of quality pairs of shoes, I am educating myself about the best way to care for them. What I found most informative was learning the specific purposes and application of the Saphir products. I recently visited your website to shop for shoe care products. I was a little overwhelmed. There are many. Have you made a video that demonstrates the various products in the same way that is presented in this video? Perhaps I would learn about all of the products through their different purposes. I would appreciate learning how best to proceed.

  89. Is there a concern with high end italian leather vs standard leather when choosing polish and products as well as technique?

  90. You need some renovating cream for your sense of style.

  91. This Man's a Kingsman

    I guarantee it.

  92. Can I remove creases and wrinkles with a heat gun? Ive seen people get amazing results. I got a creased pair of Crockett&Jones for £60 on ebay to try it…

  93. What a terrific channel!

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