Originally Posted by glenjay
I am not fond of using saddle soap on leather shoes. I wrote a few paragraphs about why I feel this way earlier in this thread (http://www.styleforum.net/t/228153/the-official-shoe-care-thread-tutorials-photos-etc/4335#post_6223935
). I would use the cleaner/conditioner however.
Your shoes should need to be cleaned with a cleaner much less often than you polish them. In my opinion you should add polish to your shoes after about every three to six wears, but always brush before and after wearing.
Cleaner/conditioner is typically rubbed onto the shoe thoroughly, wait for a short period of time, then brush the shoe with a shoe brush vigorously. (When using conditioner alone, shoes should be allowed to sit over night before polishing.)
Cleaning should be done when the shoes have collected and retained external pollutants (like salt, smoke, dirty water, scotch and soda, urine, air pollutants (carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide) and so on. Some of these are obvious on the shoe, other just look like a dull film. You can usually tell If shoes looks dirty, so clean them then. Cleaning shoes just for the sake of the process is a waste of time and cleaner (not that I haven't done that).
Thanks for the response, it was that in part your post that lead me to ask my question.
For further clarification.You pointed out that in theory, saddle soap's oils would balance out the sulfides and lubricate the shoes, and is probably safe to use on thicker leather (like that of the McTavish). Also, that it would be a quicker and cheaper way to keep shoes clean. I would like to know, if you where to use C/C anyways, would you not get the cleaning and lubricating effect anyways?
AE recomends using first C/C and then SS. Is it necessary to use the SS? And what did you mean by quick and cheap?
Another question, AE doesn't say to use polish on McTav's. I have a black pair, and it has contrast stitching, should I be using any polish?