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post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by Lustre View Post

hm that's pretty strange, because saddleback leather seems to recommend mink oil for their bags.

Not really. This thread is about fine leather shoes, while Saddleback makes rugged leather bags that are meant to get beat the fuck up.  Now let's think: mink oil is typically used for cowboy boots and other such "rugged leather" items.  Enough said.

post #17 of 27

Mink oil is, in fact, made from the fat of the mink. If it were made from pork, the oil would be much whiter and harder. Mink oil is used because it penetrates the leather much better than other oils. Beware though: it also darkens many leathers. It's also a bit sticky even after wiping off the excess. It's great for every day shoes worn outside a lot. They'll never get salt stains, so if you live in the Northeast, or where salt is used to melt the ice, mink oil is great.

post #18 of 27

I know I am at this forum like 3 years late, but I have used Mink oil on all my shoes including original 1960's dress shoes for over 6 years and I can get a pretty good shine on all of mine! I admit it's not as shiny as an army shine on evening dress boots, but none of mine have lost their shine! I also use different brand of Mink oils....

post #19 of 27

 

What brand of mink oil do you use? I know a lot of brands mix a lot of different stuff into their mink oil like pork fat, silicone, etc. About the only 100% mink oil I can find is made by Trappers. 

post #20 of 27

I read somewhere that applying one layer of mink oil to the leather soles of new dress shoes helps soften the soles up, and make them more water resistant.

 

Considering that soles dont really need any polishing, plus the fact that water damage to leather soles is a very common concern, I believe that makes a lot of sense.

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If mink oil is used on the soles wouldn't it soften the soles so they wear out quicker?
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by greger View Post

If mink oil is used on the soles wouldn't it soften the soles so they wear out quicker?
Yes.
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post


Yes.

here's my counter thought.

 

perhaps the softer the sole and more malleable, the the less abrasion.

and the reverse true if the sole is stiffer and harder. My analogy would be dry hands and fingers in the winter,

more cracking and loss of skin than if moisturized and soft smooth skin.

post #25 of 27

So Saphir renovateur was brought up briefly here and nothing negative was said about it despite the product using mink oil.  Is there something different about how much mink oil it uses or other components in the product?  I have some on the way should be here tomorrow.  Plan on using it on my new black Loakes to soften them up since they can't get any darker than black.

post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by aaron321 View Post

So Saphir renovateur was brought up briefly here and nothing negative was said about it despite the product using mink oil.  Is there something different about how much mink oil it uses or other components in the product?  I have some on the way should be here tomorrow.  Plan on using it on my new black Loakes to soften them up since they can't get any darker than black.

Much of the time, "mink oil" is really just pig fat.

No dress leather really and truly benefits from oils or fats unless they are seriously homogenized. Any greasy residue...even residues that you can't see or feel...collects dirt and other abrasives.
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by MyOtherLife View Post
Mink oil for one, is not even made from Mink. It is processed pork fat or made synthetically.

   Maybe it has been discussed on here many times but I suggest you take your own advice and do your own homework so you do not continue to give false information. Mink oil is indeed a byproduct of the mink fur industry. It is not pork fat or any other concoction. It is not geared for fancy polished shoes but for saddle leather and other working leathers. That much of your post was at least true.

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