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Munky, Firstly are they corrected grain? If so you can't do much.

If not using darker creams and polishes will take them down a notch or two. But don't be overly zealous, thin regular coats will get you a more even look, but it'll always be a lighter colour wherever the shoe creases. You could also apply a heavy conditioner, they are known to darken leather due to their fat/oil content.
post #8462 of 10715

Hi Sterling, No, they are calf leather. Thanks for your suggestions, I will give one of them a try!

post #8463 of 10715
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Originally Posted by Stirling View Post

It does have glycerine in it, but it's not likely to leave a tacky dust attracting residue due to the other additives within lexol.

Unless your shoes are soiled, since you have it use Reno it should be more than adequate.

Thanks. I think I'll go Lexol first, then Reno.
post #8464 of 10715
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Originally Posted by Dillardiv View Post

Doesn't the Lexol bottle say "glycerin-rich" on it? Last time I tried lexol it seemed to almost take color off the shoe in the spot I used it on. What's the best method for using Lexol?

It says "glycerin-enriched." Fiebings used to make a saddle soap that was a bar and it contained a lot of glycerin. Enough to leave a residue, in any case. That's the point. Tallow by itself is not necessarily bad for leather, nor is glycerin. But if you're cleaning your leather why would you want to leave a a residue on it that will immediately start collecting and holding grit?

As far as Lexol taking the colour off, Lexol will not do that any more than any other product out there...in other words any colour that Lexol removed was impermanent, in any case.

Saddle soap is made for...ahem, wait for it...saddles.
post #8465 of 10715
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post


Saddle soap is made for...ahem, wait for it...saddles.

And st crispins shoes!
post #8466 of 10715
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Originally Posted by Stirling View Post

Munky, Firstly are they corrected grain? If so you can't do much.

If not using darker creams and polishes will take them down a notch or two. But don't be overly zealous, thin regular coats will get you a more even look, but it'll always be a lighter colour wherever the shoe creases. You could also apply a heavy conditioner, they are known to darken leather due to their fat/oil content.

yeah, I use black polish on my darker brown shoes for shine and antiquing.
post #8467 of 10715

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Just gave my well-worn pair of Oxblood double-monks a good clean and polish and thought I'd share the results.

 

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Saphir Renovateur followed by Colonil Mahogani cream wax, followed by a light touch of Saphir paste wax in black on the toe caps.

 

 

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post #8468 of 10715
Some weekend maintenance...

post #8469 of 10715
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Originally Posted by wurger View Post

yeah, I use black polish on my darker brown shoes for shine and antiquing.

Which shoe care products creams, waxes etc do you prefer/use?

I ask partly because of your location, not sure what's readily available in oz. I have memories of using a product called waproo once or twice.
post #8470 of 10715
it's all imported, I use pediwear and saphir.

My cobbler gave me waproo, and collonil, from my limited experience with them, can't tell the difference.
post #8471 of 10715
Could use an opinion from you experts. I am new to suede and not sure if this normally happens to the nap after brushing. Shoes are Meermin and were brushed with a Saphir suede brush.

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never had that happen...with that being said i don't really like to brush suede unless it gets noticeably dirty. i feel like it messes it up after repeated brushing.

post #8473 of 10715
Bummer, I should have just left them alone. I'm guessing it's just a quality issue as Meermin aren't quite top of the line. I'll just use them as beaters for now on.
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maybe someone else will chime in...not sure if it can be fixed or not...

post #8475 of 10715
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Originally Posted by Murlsquirl View Post

Could use an opinion from you experts. I am new to suede and not sure if this normally happens to the nap after brushing. Shoes are Meermin and were brushed with a Saphir suede brush.

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Burn the hair off with a lighter or creme brulee torch.

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