Cordovan leather – Mirror shine guide

Cordovan leather

Mirror shine guide


When to apply Mirror Shine?

If you want your shoes to be high-gloss, you can start this guide once your shoes are cleaned and polished: Refer to ROUTINE CARE.

Step 1

Shine with Pâte de Luxe

Pour water in a small glass or cup. for professionals, a high-shine glass water dispenser can be used.

Apply the PÂTE DE LUXE 1925 on to the leather in small circular movements. Only a tiny amount of wax polish is required.

Leave it to dry few minutes.

Step 2


Brush with POLISHING BRUSH made of Sipo wood and natural silk hair. It will bring out the natural wax shine. (It is more convenient to use a black hair brush for black shoes).

Step 3

Mirror gloss

The hard areas of the shoe, where the leather is stiffened and does not bend (such as the toes and heels) can be high gloss.


2. Gently stroke the leather with the same cloth while still doing circular movements. The aim is now to give relief to the shoe by repeating previous steps to enhance glazing shine. Glazing is a slow operation; repeat step a & b several times and remember to alternate from left shoe to right shoe to allow the different layers to dry.

What is the difference between PÂTE DE LUXE and MIRROR GLOSS?

MIRROR GLOSS, with the sole purpose to achieve the highest gloss, has been formulated by carefully choosing the hardest and shinier natural vegetal and mineral waxes. Based on turpentine, naturally greasy solvents introduced in the best proportions allow an optimal grip & drying process between successive thin coats of MIRROR GLOSS applications. It is the perfect product for use with the water drop process.

PÂTE DE LUXE MEDAILLE D’OR is naturally softer. It’s purpose is not only to high shine but also to clean, nourish & hydrate leather.

Step 4


Let dry for ½ an hour without brushing the leather.

Step 5



Very gently buff with the specially designed POLISHING GLOVE. Using the polishing glove will prevent the mirror gloss from being scratched if you shine it with a brush.

Do you need to use SUPER INVULNER?

Except for cases of bad weather, the waterproofer isn’t necessary after polishing with Saphir, as the high concentration of natural hard waxes already protect the leather.