I've bought into my first decent two pairs of shoes in the aim of having something to be proud of and that lasts instead of replacing something dodgy every year.
I'm looking for a good routine to get into in terms of care but there are so many different products and methodologies that it's hard to get your head around it, so I thought I'd write up a post here on what I'm thinking so I can get some opinions. I'm certainly not a fanatic and don't want to spend my whole weekends polishing shoes so I just want a routine I can easily do to keep the shoes looking good.
First of all all the basic stuff like cedar shoe trees, rotation and daily brushing are covered, I'm looking more at the care and polish side of things.
So I have 1 black pair and 1 brown pair of Loake 1880s, both calf/full grain. I have the matching (wax) polish from Loake. What I was thinking was:
1. Every week or two depending on how the shoes hold up apply 2 coats of the Loake coloured wax and polish with a brush or cloth. I've just moved to vancouver so I think 2 coats will better help me with the rain. Do I brush between the coats of wax or do I let 1 coat dry, then apply another coat THEN brush/polish?
2. Every month or so use saddle soap to clean then when they're dry apply some leather conditioner, then do the usual 2 coats of coloured wax.
That's pretty much it. Is that going to keep them in good enough shape? Is once a month for saddle soap and conditioner too much or too little?
I was going to use the Allen Edmonds cleaner and conditioner here:
Although it says leather lotion so is that the same thing as conditioner?
They also have a cleaner/conditioner as a single product, is this generally recommended for or against (supposedly it darkens the leather, what lotions/conditioners don't)?
Happy to take recommendations on other brands, there's just so much out there but the AE stuff seems generally well regarded from what I've read.
What do I do with my matching belt for the brown shoes as well? The polish is actually a little darker than the natural leather colour so the shoes and belt are a bit out of sync. Do I just condition the belt now and then or do I do the full shebang on them as well?
Edited by yoshiwaan - Today at 11:24 am