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I would very much like to hear a line of reasoning that calls for c/c then saddle soap. I doubt that doing this once a year would cause any harm to a heavy waxy leather but then again why??? If had McTavs. I would wipe w/ damp towel then brush /buff then occasionally rub in a little lexol cond
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I just don't like the idea of mixing water with anything to create a lather for leather. Seems counter productive.
post #5673 of 10405
For something waxy why not just use a rag and some obaneuf's leather oil? Conditioners themselves can be good for loosening dirt and such on leather. Also, Lexol Neatsfoot would be a good option.
post #5674 of 10405

There seems to be around 3 groups of people when it comes to Saddle Soap:

 

  1. Those who are scared to death of it, and fear that it will disintegrate their shoes.
  2. Those who recognize it's value for some applications and leathers, but believe it to be generally overkill and unnecessary for dress shoes (or that there are simply more purpose-built products).
  3. Those who embrace it and use it regularly.  

 

I tend to fall into the second group myself.  I do find it interesting that one of the more respected shoe experts out there (Justin Fitzpatrick of The Shoe Snob), used it regularly before developing his own line of shoe products just as glenjay has done.  

 

See his two posts here: http://www.theshoesnobblog.com/search?q=Saddle+Soap

post #5675 of 10405
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Originally Posted by jd13jd13 View Post

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?

I would have to agree with the consensus here that there would be no reason to use both saddle soap and an additional cleaner/conditioner.

In regard to saddle soap being quicker and cheaper, I would say the a tin of saddle soap costs less than most cleaner/conditioner products. Quicker is probably more relevant to whatever cleaning process you are used to. That being said, saddle soap will not destroy your shoes, but there are better solutions for cleaning your shoes. I would also concur that shoes should not need to be cleaned with a cleaner very often (exposure to public floor level urinals excluded).

As far as polish: You could use a neutral polish if you like. A colored polish may tint the contrast stitching, but it would not hide it, so that is still an option.
post #5676 of 10405
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Originally Posted by englade321 View Post
 If had McTavs. I would wipe w/ damp towel then brush /buff then occasionally rub in a little lexol cond

 

Forgive me for asking, but after searching previous posts for what I thought you had mentioned cleaning a leather briefcase with Lexol, which came out very nice - I have one I'd like to clean up too.  Do you have any photos or tips?

 

David

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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I just don't like the idea of mixing water with anything to create a lather for leather. Seems counter productive.

 

What do you use to wash suede?

 

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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

There seems to be around 3 groups of people when it comes to Saddle Soap:

 

  1. Those who are scared to death of it, and fear that it will disintegrate their shoes.
  2. Those who recognize it's value for some applications and leathers, but believe it to be generally overkill and unnecessary for dress shoes (or that there are simply more purpose-built products).
  3. Those who embrace it and use it regularly.  

 

I tend to fall into the second group myself.  I do find it interesting that one of the more respected shoe experts out there (Justin Fitzpatrick of The Shoe Snob), used it regularly before developing his own line of shoe products just as glenjay has done.  

 

See his two posts here: http://www.theshoesnobblog.com/search?q=Saddle+Soap

 

Saint Crispin recommends Saddle Soap as well.  But then at the same time they also recommended Kiwi polishes and Saphir m'dor creams.

post #5678 of 10405
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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

Forgive me for asking, but after searching previous posts for what I thought you had mentioned cleaning a leather briefcase with Lexol, which came out very nice - I have one I'd like to clean up too.  Do you have any photos or tips?

David
http://www.styleforum.net/t/228153/the-official-shoe-care-thread-tutorials-photos-etc/5550#post_6403408
Maybe you are referring to this
post #5679 of 10405
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That's it!  Thanks so much.  (I sent him a PM)

post #5680 of 10405
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

What do you use to wash suede?

I've never owned suede shoes.
post #5681 of 10405
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I just don't like the idea of mixing water with anything to create a lather for leather. Seems counter productive.

I too was very confused about the whole water thing. So I asked Allen Edmonds on their site how to use their Saddle Soap. Here's their answer: Thank you for your interest in Allen Edmonds.

Our Saddle Soap is a paste or wax-like substance, similar in comparison to our Carnauba Wax. This can be applied and wiped off on its own, no water necessary, using a cloth or dauber.
post #5682 of 10405
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Why not just use meltonian shoe creams?
do you like meltonian?
post #5683 of 10405
Once(when i was 18) for cleaning my suede shoes I used TIDE ( is for washing cloths by hand) with pretty amazing results ! After leaving them dry and brushed them they looked like new! But I don't think I ll do it again hahahha ! Most o the time I use the specific rubber and the brush! When I go for deep cleaning I use omni from saphir
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Originally Posted by ThinkDerm View Post

do you like meltonian?

Not really, but the guy's options are small.
post #5685 of 10405
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Originally Posted by BCer View Post


I too was very confused about the whole water thing. So I asked Allen Edmonds on their site how to use their Saddle Soap. Here's their answer: Thank you for your interest in Allen Edmonds.

Our Saddle Soap is a paste or wax-like substance, similar in comparison to our Carnauba Wax. This can be applied and wiped off on its own, no water necessary, using a cloth or dauber.

 

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That sounds strange...

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