- Shoe trees ($20/pair)
- Show cream (Meltonian is good, can also be used as edge dressing, $3/tin)
- Shoe polish (Kiwi is good, $3/tin)
- Cotton or flannel cloths (old t-shirts work fine)
- Cleaner/conditioner (optional, $5 or so)
- Shoe trees ($20/pair) - Show cream (Meltonian is good, can also be used as edge dressing, $3/tin) - Shoe polish (Kiwi is good, $3/tin) - Cotton or flannel cloths (old t-shirts work fine) - Cleaner/conditioner (optional, $5 or so)
Im getting some products to take care of my shoes, but I'm a little confused about whether I need both a shoe cream and a shoe cream polish. I'm confused b/c I saw this picture: http://www.cedarshoetree.com/images/large/MELTC.jpg Newb question. Is that a shoe cream or a cream polish like it says on the tin or are they the same thing? If they are the same thing, does that mean I apply this first, then apply a wax polish such as Kiwi on top of it? Thanks in advance.
Hello. Got these Gravati's (new in box, wrapped in tissue, with shoe bag) from Zappos. However they came with dust deposited on them, had somewhat stiff leather, and overall looking very dull from the outside. The insoles and lining is perfect, with golden gravati logo.
I tried Creme Alpina (cleaner/conditioner), Kiwi shoe polish, and then 1 more coat of Creme Alpina which improved the condition. However still not like new shining shoes. Any suggestions how to nourish/polish it before I wear please? The split toe feels more 'smooth' and is shining more than the rest of the uppers.
Also any comments on quality - it has grains which I think are a sign of good leather?
Saphir Renovateur (or apply liberally Crema Alpina), let sit for one night, brush and buff, wear for 2-3 hours - just to see where the creases start to form - and then apply wax. Those are pebble grain, so they will not shine as plain calf, but you can spit shine the toe and the back quarters. Pebble grain is not full grain, it is a kind of corrected grain (the grains are stamped on the leather), but they seem good quality.
Many thanks for the useful advice koolhistorian. It worked. However, I just noticed there are scuffs all over the vamp stiching, might be a manufacturing defect. I would probably unfortunately return them now.
Your help is really very much appreciated.
Re leather type, wondering if it is tumbled calf that gravati uses on many of its models.