I personally use AE products to care for all of my shoes. I'd pick up some of their conditioner, that will always come in handy for keeping your shoes healthy. Since you've got black PA,s I'd also recommend getting their black shoe cream (you could also get their black premium polish, I have premium polish in every colour they offer, but I've grown to like the shoe cream more). I also have a different horsehair brush for each colour shoe to avoid cross contaminating the colours. For buffing I just use an old t-shirt, although their cloths are quite nice as well, but they get covered in polish way too quickly.
My personal polishing process for calfskin shoes is quite easy, but everybody has their own way. I simply apply conditioner to the entire shoe with a cotton cloth, then I dip my finger in the shoe cream (or put the premium polish on my finger, despite the self-applicator) and apply the cream/polish evenly around the shoe. I find that using my fingers applies the polish better and more evenly than using a cloth or the self-applicator. After I've applied it to the shoe I brush it with a horsehair brush, buff it with a cloth, brush it again, buff for an extended period with a cloth, brush one more time, and buff for an even more extended period of time.
Regarding toppies, I have no experience with them, nor do I care to. Just my own opinion though.
I hope I could help.
Thank you, I appreciate the insightful response. Based on what you said and the AE videos I watched I'll just purchase the products individually. Right now I am considering the horsehair brush, conditioner cleaner, black shoe cream or premium polish, and the heel and sole edge dressing. I don't mind using old t-shirts to buff the shoes.
Congrats on your purchase and welcome. I agree loosely with TG's process for calf care. AE has some great care products and they have some nice care videos as well.
I have toppies on one of my loafers and I really like them. Definitely adds life to the sole and doesn't change the shoe profile much at all. Even better with black edging.
Hope that helps.
Thank you. Do you prefer the shoe cream or premium polish?
I do not have much to add as I do not do mirror shine or high luster shine generally but the one thing I absolutely do now is wait a day in between treatments..So if I leather lotion my shoes then I am not putting anything on them for 24 hours...I had a bad hazing form once when applying neutral polish on some boots right after using leather lotion or AE leather cleaner/conditioner...