Ahhh the Walnut Strand gets some love on this lovely Business Insider video...
My jar of Renovateur arrived last night, and I tried it out on my Park Ave and Kenilworths. It seemed like the cream was extremely difficult to buff off of the shoes. I applied with my bare finger and tried to keep it to a minimum. Let dry for 3-4 mins and then spent 20 mins or buffing like hell with an old cotton tshirt trying to remove it. Is this normal? It was hard enough to remove that buffing with a horsehair brush didn't even touch it. Am I doing something wrong (possibly using too much)?
I can't find any mention of this product being difficult to remove other than some people leaving it on over night.
I don't think you are attempting to remove it per se, you more or less want to buff it to achieve a shine. Maybe try adding a touch of polish to assist?
Not for me at that price point on the gator.
There is someone selling a boat load of vintage gator shoes in the marketplace on here for a lot less ($250-400 ish)
What is your intended wearing environment? Weather, Walking on pavement a LOT, carpeted environment, etc.
That helps dictate the appropriate sole IMO.