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I've only tried Lexol on calf leather shoes from Church, C&J and Barkers.  I don't tend to have a particularly heavy wax finish on these shoes.  Bick4 seems to soak in fine but I always struggle with Lexol.

 

You mention the bottle colour - is there a different version that is a little better?

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You mention the bottle colour - is there a different version that is a little better?

No. And if I remember correctly Lexol has a relatively large amount of water in it. FWIW, even high grade French calf can have a heavy finish.
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Hey do you guys recommend sapphire sole guard for your new shoe sole? Has any one used this who can give their input.
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I should probably just google it, but there is a Saphir Shoe Guard? Is that a topy or a product?
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I should probably just google it, but there is a Saphir Shoe Guard? Is that a topy or a product?
It's oil based sapphire product that you rub on leather sole.
post #18576 of 19046
I haven't been able to find anything convincing on this topic - how does one condition/moisturise suede?

I have a pair of suede loafers that were unfortunately exposed to salt (sea) water.
The problem is not so much staining (barely perceptible), but the parts that were wet now feel stiff and dry compared with the rest of the shoe, and has made them less comfortable in those areas.

Is there any way to soften and recondition those areas?
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I haven't been able to find anything convincing on this topic - how does one condition/moisturise suede?



I have a pair of suede loafers that were unfortunately exposed to salt (sea) water.

The problem is not so much staining (barely perceptible), but the parts that were wet now feel stiff and dry compared with the rest of the shoe, and has made them less comfortable in those areas.



Is there any way to soften and recondition those areas?

 



My non-expert opinion would be a session with Saphir Nettoyant (there are some good vids on YouTube)
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Hey do you guys recommend sapphire sole guard for your new shoe sole? Has any one used this who can give their input.

No.  I have never used anything. I think is a waste of money and time (sometimes a dirty work?), IMO.  Comments from experts here say soles wear faster with those products.  However I seal the edges and welts with neutral wax once in a while. Hope it helps.

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I haven't been able to find anything convincing on this topic - how does one condition/moisturise suede?

I have a pair of suede loafers that were unfortunately exposed to salt (sea) water.
The problem is not so much staining (barely perceptible), but the parts that were wet now feel stiff and dry compared with the rest of the shoe, and has made them less comfortable in those areas.

Is there any way to soften and recondition those areas?

I use coconut oil shampoo (cleans and reconditions a bit) mixed with water when the shoe looks really bad. I learnt that from @Jayjay member (www.glenkarencare.com) and it works for me.

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Hey do you guys recommend sapphire sole guard for your new shoe sole? Has any one used this who can give their input.
No.  I have never used anything. I think is a waste of money and time (sometimes a dirty work?), IMO.  Comments from experts here say soles wear faster with those products.  However I seal the edges and welts with neutral wax once in a while. Hope it helps.
Hey thank you I was under same impression
post #18581 of 19046
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I've got a scuff or something here that's discolored the top of the toe of my shoe, and I couldn't seem to do anything to fix it with Allen Edmonds Conditioner and AE walnut polish. 

 

I can't tell if I need to treat this with a saphir product geared towards damaged leather/scuffs. Can you guys help me out?

 

 

The color on many Allen Edmonds shoes are sprayed on the surface (does not penetrate the leather), and this is definitely the case with the walnut color.  Once the surface application is removed (by scuffing or by alcohol or mineral spirit), no amount of walnut colored polish will restore a color that allows a seamless blend with the unscuffed portion.  It's a battle scar, and you will accumulate many with years of wear.  Wear them with pride.

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Hey do you guys recommend sapphire sole guard for your new shoe sole? Has any one used this who can give their input.

Hi

 

Here's a reply I made recently to a similar question posed on the Hanger Project thread

 

"'I've recently purchased Saphir Sole Guard and do probably fall into the "part a fool from his money" catagory, however what I have noticed since starting to use Sole Guard is that nothing seems to get through to the sole, when I get back home and scrape my shoes on the door mat to get rid of excess dirt & moisture I've noticed just how much extra there is left on the mat which previously would have penetrated the soul.I'm a happy soul (get it?!) currently with my purchase...

 

Carl.

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Hey do you guys recommend sapphire sole guard for your new shoe sole? Has any one used this who can give their input.
Hi

Here's a reply I made recently to a similar question posed on the Hanger Project thread

"'I've recently purchased Saphir Sole Guard and do probably fall into the "part a fool from his money" catagory, however what I have noticed since starting to use Sole Guard is that nothing seems to get through to the sole, when I get back home and scrape my shoes on the door mat to get rid of excess dirt & moisture I've noticed just how much extra there is left on the mat which previously would have penetrated the soul.I'm a happy soul (get it?!) currently with my purchase...

Carl.
Hey Carl thank you for your feed back sir also how often do you apply it? I take it you don't apply it on new shoes but after few wear.
post #18584 of 19046
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Hey Carl thank you for your feed back sir also how often do you apply it? I take it you don't apply it on new shoes but after few wear.

I only apply to new shoes usually after the second or third wear depending how much walking I've done in them, if I can see the layer of the sole has started to wear I apply then. Doesn't take long and doesn't use very much I just tip a small amount onto a cloth and rub in thoroughly in circular motion it does take about an hour to dry.

I'm happy with the results and feel it will help to protect the sole and the longrvity of the shoes and for £12.60 it's a no-brainer in my opinion. 

 

I reapply usually after a few wears or if I've been caught in heavy rain etc though I usually wear commando soles if I know it's going to rain, not that we get much in the UK (lol)

 

Carl.

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Hey Carl thank you for your feed back sir also how often do you apply it? I take it you don't apply it on new shoes but after few wear.
I only apply to new shoes usually after the second or third wear depending how much walking I've done in them, if I can see the layer of the sole has started to wear I apply then. Doesn't take long and doesn't use very much I just tip a small amount onto a cloth and rub in circular motion it does take about an hour to dry.
I'm happy with the results and feel it will help to protect the sole and the longrvity of the shoes and for £12.60 it's a no-brainer in my opinion. 

Carl.
Make sense specially if it protects the sole from wet ground
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