10 Best Leather Polishes
10 Best Leather Polishes
4.9 (98.82%) 17 vote[s]
Color: Banana
Natural oils
Provides a natural shine
OrthoStep Boot
Unique Cream Polish
Easy To Use
Preserves & Restores Color
Meltonian Boot
Color: Cordovan
Meltonian Shoe Polish
1.55 oz
Saphir Creme Surfine
Easy To Use
Premium Ingredients
32 oz
Saphir Men
Enriched With Mink Oil
7.8 oz
Allen Edmonds Polish
Includes a sponge tip
Easy application
4 oz
Cadillac Select Cream
Easy Application
Premium Quality
Rich Nourishing Formula
Burgundy Boot Cream
Hides scuffs
Hides scratches
Made In USA
Provides an instant shine
Nourishes & conditions
Increases water resistance
Saphir Shoe Polish
Premium Ingredients
Beeswax-based polish
All Natural
The list of the best leather polishes to clean and polish your shoes and leather goods.

Buyer’s Guide

How to Polish Leather Shoes

This routine can be completed in as little as five to 10 minutes and is perfect for both new and old shoes alike and is really meant to be kind of the basic daily maintenance shining routine that you would complete on a weekly basis just to keep a pair of shoes looking great between the more intensive shoe shines, like Presidential shoe shine.

So the first step is going to be just to gently clean the surface of the shoes using some water to remove any surface dirt. Use a spray bottle. You could dampen a cloth. But the purpose provides a really light cleaning to remove any superficial dirt that is on the surface of the shoes.

After you’ve cleaned your shoes using a damp cloth, the next step is to begin polishing them using a cream polish. You can use a Saphir Medaille D’or Pommadier Cream Polish, which is probably the best cream polish available anywhere on the marketplace. What this is going to do is it’s going to condition and recolor the shoes.

Use a chamois to apply cream polishes. Less is more. Then apply a little bit of cream polish on a cotton chamois and then massage it into the leather using circular motions.

Saphir Medaille D'or Pommadier Cream Polish and Leather Shoes

One of the nice things about the cream polish is it does act as a gentle cleaner because of the turpentine solvents that you find in the polish. So again, it’s going to be helping to remove any surface dirt that you didn’t get in the first step.

After you’ve applied a thin coat of the cream polish, you want to allow the leather as much time as possible to absorb those nutrients. Recommended allowing at least three to five minutes for the leather to absorb the polish fully and for the waxes to dry. But you can certainly leave the polish on much longer than that.

After you’ve allowed the cream polish to dry for a good three to five minutes, the next step is going to be to buff the polish off using a horsehair brush. Now, usually recommended having two brushes, a black brush for your black shoes, and then a kind of another brush with lighter bristles for your brown shoes. The purpose is to basically keep you from using a brush that’s gotten residual traces of black polish to buff your brown shoes, and then end up with streaking.

The brush is going to remove any excess polish that built up on top of the leather. It’s going to smooth that polish out. Then the friction between the horsehair bristles and the polish is going to cause those waxes to begin to develop their shine.

You can see with the high-quality Médaille d’Or Pommadier Cream Polish so that after just one application, one buffing, you will get a nice shine out of your pairs of shoes. You can do more than one coat of cream polish. If it’s been a while since you’ve polished your shoes, recommended two to three different applications of the cream polish to build that finish.

You could honestly stop here if you are happy with this level of shine, but recommended to apply one more coat of the Saphir Médaille d’Or Pate De Luxe Polish to elevate the shine even more by adding some hard waxes.

Using a Wax Polish on Leather Shoes

The wax polish is going to help further elevate that shine and add a little bit of protection with the higher concentration of hard waxes.

You can use a Médaille d’Or Pate De Luxe Wax Polish. Apply a light amount of the Pate De Luxe Wax Polish to your cotton chamois, and then apply this the same way that you did the cream polish in small little circular motions. Less is more whenever it comes to the wax polish. You don’t have to apply a ton. The more you apply, the harder it’s going to be to buff off.

After you’ve allowed the wax polish a good two, three minutes to dry, then buff it off with a horsehair brush the same way you did the cream polish using moderate to firm pressure.

It’s going to provide just additional protection against any water spots and just anything else that can damage the leather of the shoes.

Polished Leather Shoes

One note for someone that is wanting to elevate the shine, even more, you could make a second application of the Pate De Luxe on the entire shoe. That would be completely fine. But you want to be careful about applying too much wax across the vamp, because when that bends as you’re walking, these hard waxes if you have too much built up, are going to crack and leave a white residue. That happens. It’s very easy to remove. Just buff it off with a horsehair brush. But just again, because the Saphir Pate De Luxe wax polish has such a high concentration of hard waxes, you do want to be careful about building too much across the vamp.

Video Instruction: How to Use Leather Polish?


Just with two products, the Saphir Médaille d’Or Pommadier Cream Polish and the Pate De Luxe Wax Polish, you can renovate and restore your leather shoes, and they look fantastic. So that’s it for our basic shoeshine guide.

Hello, my name is Steve and I’m an author of the blog “Leather Toolkits“. The beauty is in simplicity, so learn, train, and make your life maximally simple by creating things that will please people for many years. Let your hobby grow into something more and make this world brighter! Hope, in this blog you will find answers to all of your questions.

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  1. My favorite leather polish by far is the Saphir Creme Surfine. It will transform all of your leather products back into almost brand new condition. No joke, I honestly don’t know what I would do if I never found this creme. I would highly consider picking a jar up.

  2. If you are really caring for your leather properly, you will understand the importance of a good polish. Leather wears down and scuffs up over time, so having a premium-grade polish that restores its shine and natural appearance is important. I have never found application to be hard and so this seems to be a maintenance process suitable for everyone to do themselves.

    1. Hello, Sarah! Thanks for sharing your experience.

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