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Have you tried washing the shoes with saddle soap or leather cleaner? Acetone will remove the finish, and with it the liquid polish, and will not ruin the shoes, in my experience. That said, you'll want to redye them once you've removed the finish. I've had success using rubbing alcohol (highest percentage), peroxide, and mineral spirits for jobs where I didn't want to completely lose the finish -- though I don't remember which worked the best. Follow with cream and...
Anyone? Any oils or heavy-duty conditioner recommended?
I realize this comparison wasn't perfect by any means, but glad you enjoyed the post. I've now found a source of Saphir very close to my home in London (Chelsea Green Cobbler, if anyone reads this in London) so I've switched to Saphir exclusively -- having a local source muted my obsession completely. I now just use it as if it's Kiwi and that's that.
I have an Etro jacket with leather elbow patches which I washed in the washing machine (dry cleaning didn't remove my noxious underarm odour) which left the leather bits extremely dry. I've tried multiple applications of saphir renovateur with no success. Any ideas?
Are you really asking if they're better than Jos A. Bank suits? I believe both brands are.
Louis Boston is alleged to be a great store, but I've never been.
Also go check out Lamb's Conduit Street. It's a very nice street to hang out with loads of independent shops, pubs, etc. There is an awesome designy kind of shop called Darkroom, and there are a few mid-range mens shops and tailors. I like Connock & Lockie a lot, which touts itself as an American tailor, whatever that means.
If you happen to find yourself near Kensington High Street I'd go check out Hornets (they have 3 shops all within 5 minutes of each other). They sell all sorts of vintage bespoke suits, overcoats, and strange accessories. It's run by some very eccentric guys and could be worthwhile if you want to wear someone else's old bespoke suit. Its a quintessentially British place.
Just polish them as usual. The suede will get gummed up w/polish but whatever bro, this is America.
Without spacing and paragraphs I think it's a bit impossible to read any of the posts in this thread.
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