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luv2breformed

 

from my experience, nothing is better than shell cream (neutral) from saphir, especially for dry shells.  It gives it an instant glow from the getgo. 

 

Just keep in mind that reno will dry your shoes, but may also take away some of the polish. So if you want a lighter shell color, that may be the way to go as well. 

 

Another thing is, as you may or may not know, shell is more addictive than calf (i'm not sure why, it just is), so tread carefully, haha. 


Edited by JezeC - 6/20/14 at 7:35am
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+1. I just did a little maintenance on my shell tankers with Sahir neutral cordovan cream last night. I vastly prefer it to renovateur. I only use renovateur on calf, now.
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I have heard very little negative things about Reno and many men whom I respect use it regularly.

I use Venetian Shoe Cream on my 9-10 pairs of cordovans....

And lots, I mean LOTS of horse hair brushing.

Did you purchase these as seconds?

 

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luv2breformed

 

from my experience, nothing is better than shell cream (neutral) from saphir, especially for dry shells.  It gives it an instant glow from the getgo.

 

Just keep in mind that reno will dry your shoes, but may also take away some of the polish. So if you want a lighter shell color, that may be the way to go as well.

 

Another thing is, as you may or may not know, shell is more addictive than calf (i'm not sure why, it just is), so tread carefully, haha.

 

Yes these are seconds. I assume those "flaws" are simply do to the excess product they use that I have read about? I will look into picking up some Saphir neutral cordo cream. Any idea where I can get some on the cheap? Exquisite Trimmings?

 

These are my first shell, so not sure what to do next. Thanks for the help, guys. :)

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I think Saphir is pretty much the same price everywhere.
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+1. I just did a little maintenance on my shell tankers with Sahir neutral cordovan cream last night. I vastly prefer it to renovateur. I only use renovateur on calf, now.

Through much debate on other threads, it has been discussed that renovateur is actually a very mild cleaning agent, and should not be used for moisturizing purposes (it's not meant to). It does serve well in cleaning and adding some luster to your shoes, but should not be used in place of shoe cream or shoe lotion.
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^luv2breformed 

 

If you're in NYC, Epaulet charges $19. Online will be more expensive because of shipping fees. 

 

One jar will last you a long,long time becuase you don't need to apply it frequently. It glows from simple brushing and buffing from a cloth. For some odd reason, it glows more as you wear it. 

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Start wearing them around the house to break them in, follow the Mac method after each wearing. Of there's a large amount of dirt and polish buildup, clean with Reno or VSC. If the leather starts to look dry or you notice rough patches or bumpiness, use the saphir or AE cordo cream to nourish (the AE brand has dye in it, so will darken. Use the other product if you want a lighter color.)

Lots of brushing. As per Cold Iron's advice, I brush vigorously while the shoe us still damp. smile.gif

Your shoes will start to look great as you wear them more.
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Through much debate on other threads, it has been discussed that renovateur is actually a very mild cleaning agent, and should not be used for moisturizing purposes (it's not meant to). It does serve well in cleaning and adding some luster to your shoes, but should not be used in place of shoe cream or shoe lotion.
I agree with this. That's why I use it on calf before my shoe cream. Since nothing else goes on my shell, I stick to the neutral cordovan cream.
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Thanks for all of the help again. So do you guys think I can skip an initial Reno application or do these need some polish removal first? Or, can you not tell from the photos? I will get on ordering some Saphir neutral cordo cream right away.

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Thanks for all of the help again. So do you guys think I can skip an initial Reno application or do these need some polish removal first? Or, can you not tell from the photos? I will get on ordering some Saphir neutral cordo cream right away.

When I got my Cambridge firsts, they were caked with polish. I just did the damp cloth, brush, buff method on them and just let the polish come off naturally. I was just doing that as part of regular maintenance so it took a while. I didn't touch them with any product for almost a year. I didn't see the need to rush it and risk anything. Your shells look fine. Just wipe and brush as part of a normal routine and they will look awesome.
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Ordered some dark brown, fawn and black Saphir cordovan cream for all my needs. I already own some neutral and really like it. I Also bought a few pairs of flat laces that will hopefully look great.

 

 

Cappuccino cordovan Bayfields today.

 

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Looking great, Burzan!

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Looking great, Burzan!

 

Yea, those are smoking. I can feel the itch already. I just need some boots and gunboats, that's all. . . . .

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Yea, those are smoking. I can feel the itch already. I just need some boots and gunboats, that's all. . . . .
Yea...that's all....right....
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Where in the world do y'all pick up some decent polishing cloths? All the ones I find our pretty high priced =]

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