Hmm... I didn't see it here. Let me know if you find it, or maybe Patrick will chime in.
Eliminating the use of a cloth is probably my best bet. It's taking up too much room. I've never used Lexol, even though many speak highly of it. Is it thin enough to "run" into the shoe? Most conditioners are more of a lotion consistency, thus requiring more spreading.
I thrifted a pair of Hanover longwings in #8 shell over the weekend. The leather wasn't particularly dry or anything, but they still needed a good cleaning and conditioning.
I forgot to take a picture of the original condition, but it was quite dusty.
Did a quick brushing and then followed with Lexol Cleaner (first experiment with this on shell; worked fine). Followed this with a quick buffing.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
After using Renovateur. I don't like using Lexol Conditioner on shell cordovan as it takes off quite a bit of the finish.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Brushing after using Renovateur.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Applied a liberal amount of AE's Cordovan Creme.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Post-brushing. I forgot to apply Cordovan Creme to the tongueWarning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Final product after a good heaping of brushing with the horsehair. The overall process took about an hour. The shoes were in pretty good condition as they were so they didn't need a second or third application of Renovateur unlike some of my other vintage shells.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Source? My source says beeswax is a conditioner too:
Truly. And how about ethics and mink oil? You know it is a by product of fur trade (AFAIK). Any natural or effective alternative?