Originally Posted by seesee
Well I find most shoe polish too shiny, are there shoe polish that gives a Matt finish? Please help me! thanks
Shoe polish is mostly wax and some sort of evaporative compound...usually benzene...to cool the wax so that it can be polished. Shoe creams are comprised of wax, conditioners, and some dyestuff. Shoe creams don't ordinarily give as high a shine as polishes but they still contain wax. If you don't want any shine at all, they what you need is a cream conditioner. I like R.M. Williams Saddle Dressing but there are any number of products out there that will do the same thing. All will leave a slight residue of oil or "grease" however. If you are circumspect in your choices this should not be a problem but if you get a product that is high in neatsfoot or other heavy unemulsified oils you may not only get a heavy oil on the surface, you may actually change (darken) the colour of your shoes. Having said all that I would note, in passing, that waxes produce a high shine, creams produce a "satin" shine...the only way to get "matte" (which means no shine) is to avoid all wax based products.