Originally Posted by irelentless
K will do, what about the other stuff though? I've been seeing that Saphir Renovateur
is a really good product. Would a process like this be good enough to keep my shoes clean and nice and shiny and looking new?
1.Clean/remove stuff using a horsehair brush(DO I ALSO NEED TO USE A CLOTH AFTER THIS?)
2.Use Saphir Renovateur all over the shoe, let dry for 3-5 minutes
3.Remove excess using horsehair brush
4.Buff out with cloth
Would that be good enough, or should I also use a polish?
Shoe care is more of an art than a science, and some of it is just common sense.
1. Clean your shoes with a brush that has stiff enough bristles to remove any surface dirt from your shoes. If your shoes have any obvious dirt on them when you take them off, then brush them then. If you have a mirror shine on the toe or heel counter, then wipe that area with a slightly damp cloth. You can also give your shoes a quick brush before you put them on just to bring up a shine. You should also do a more detailed cleaning of your shoes every so often (see previous posts for suggested frequency) with the leather cleaner of your choice.
2. Saphir Renovateur is a great product, but it is not a replacement for shoe polish, so only use it now and then (perhaps as part of your detailed shoe cleaning, after leather cleaner), and use shoe polish otherwise.
3. Whenever you add shoe polish to a shoe it should be brushed to smooth out the wax, help drive in the oils, and remove some of the excess. The only exception to this would be when adding additional paste polish to create a mirror shine (which should not be brushed)..
4. You can get a very good polish glow with just cream shoe polish and some good brushing. Buffing with a cloth will produce more of a shine, but you never want to buff a true mirror shine, as it will impact the glazing.