Calfskin



SID MASHBURN shoes are constructed from some of the best calfskins on the planet – very soft and yet resilient, with a beautiful, tight grain. Calf is a super staple for us – it ages a little differently on everyone, for a truly incredible patina that’s as unique as a fingerprint.

The smoothness and durability make it a perfect canvas for experimenting with colored polish (navy on brown is an in-house favorite.) The permutations are almost endless, but the best part is finding your own. And polishing calfskin couldn’t be easier: clean, condition, and shine.

The No-Huddle
(Last Minute)

Brush off excess dirt and dust with a brush or a damp cloth.

Work Rénovateur into your shoe with a cloth, gradually, one pea-sized amount at a time (three in all) until there’s no film remaining.

Let it sit for three minutes. . . then, buff to a shine with a brush or dry chamois cloth, using a back-and-forth motion and just enough speed to build up some heat.

THE TWO-MINUTE DRILL
(SUNDAY AFTERNOON)

Remove laces, then brush off excess dirt and dust with a brush or damp cloth.

Work Rénovateur into your shoe with a cloth, gradually, one pea-sized amount at a time (three in all) until there’s no film remaining. Let it sit for three minutes... then, buff to a shine with a brush or chamois cloth, using a back-and-forth motion and just enough speed to build up some heat.

FOR A MORE MATTE SHINE...

Apply a small amount of cream polish (two pea-sized drops is enough) using a cloth or a brush. Cover the shoe and let the polish settle for three minutes. Buff with a brush or a dry chamois cloth, using a back-and-forth motion. The cream should turn a bit oily – make sure you’re building up a little heat as you buff. You’re left with a soft, almost velvety shine.

OR, FOR A MIRROR SHINE...

A little water and a little wax polish are crucial. Use a damp cloth to work in a very, very light coat of wax polish. Build low heat with a buffing brush and make sure the wax is evenly distributed. Then, using a clean, dry chamois cloth, buff in small circles – again, building heat. Sh-sh-sh-shiny.

Insert shoe trees before putting your shoes away – they’ll absorb moisture and help preserve the shape.

The Ninety-Yard Drive
(Twice a Year)

Remove laces, then brush off excess dirt and dust with a brush or damp cloth.

Use a chamois cloth to apply a thin coat of Réno Mat over the leather (shake well beforehand.) Let it sit for fifteen minutes, and then buff clean with a brush or cloth until no residue remains. Substitute leather soap if you’re dealing wi th inexpensive leather – Réno Mat is so strong that it’ll destroy the finish. (Really, don’t do this more than twice a year.)


Apply a very, very tiny smear of Dubbin Graisse into all prominent creases, then let it settle for at least 48 hours. This will soften the leather and prevent cracking.

Work Rénovateur into your shoe with a cloth, gradually, one pea-sized amount at a time (three in all) until there’s no film remaining. Let it sit for three minutes... then, buff to a shine with a brush or chamois cloth, using a back-and-forth motion and just enough speed to build up some heat.

FOR A MORE MATTE SHINE...

Apply a small amount of cream polish (two pea-sized drops is enough) using a cloth or a brush. Cover the shoe and let the polish settle for three minutes. Buff with a brush or a dry chamois cloth, using a back-and-forth motion. The cream should turn a bit oily – make sure you’re building up a little heat as you buff. You’re left with a soft, almost velvety shine.

OR, FOR A MIRROR SHINE...

A little water and a little wax polish are crucial. Use a damp cloth to work in a very, very light coat of wax polish. Build low heat with a buffing brush and make sure the wax is evenly distributed. Then, using a clean, dry chamois cloth, buff in small circles – again, building heat. Sh-sh-sh-shiny.

Insert shoe trees before putting your shoes away – they’ll absorb moisture and help preserve the shape.

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