Originally Posted by rajesh06
Asked the manager about recomended wax / polish and she recomended Kiwi Wax Polish (I don't live in NYC - so I dont have immediate access to the C&J brand) and commented that Meltonian Shoe Cream is harsh on the leather. I have been using Meltonion for a number of years now on a cellection of AEs Aldens and one PS/Grenson. Have I ruined them?
She also said that I didn't need to apply a light coat of polish before the initial wearing as I have been taught to do.
What do you think about this?
Good grief, where on Earth do these salespeople come from? Your own intuition is correct: shoe creams DO NOT damage leather. She may have gotten confused by the myth that waxes are harmful because of their solvents (which is also untrue). These shoemakers themselves use these creams and waxes.
And yes, j is right: give them a coat before going out. It is important to go over it with shoe cream first, as the finish may be dried out, and cream replenishes the finish. Wax would be fine, too, but only after cream.