I like burgundy wax polish on my burgundy shoes. However, many people use black on them...I have tried this...I think its ok.
I use the same brush for every color...
Do you believe conditioner is necessary for shoe care ? Presuming the shoe is being kept clean via regular brushing / wiping with moist cloth plus receives shoe cream every month or so. Does the type of climate you stay in have an impact on whether you should use conditioner ?
I ask because I find using conditioners such as saphir / AE conditioner & cleaner made the leather on my shoes very dry. I had to apply 2-3 layers of shoe cream to bring some life back into the leather (how readily the leather absorbed the cream was also a bit concerning). I haven't tried lexol but I have read some stories on it messing up finishes (which would be a bigger problem for antiquated brown shoes vs black)
I have a separate brush for each pair. I keep them in their respective shoe boxes and write the polish color on the handle. I use the same brush, however, to buff the shoe before and after the polishing. I realize this is a bit overboard. But if I'm going to put different colored polishes onto a shoe, I'd rather do that intentionally rather than inadvertently via brushing. And, no, I have no evidence that my method protects the shoes any better than those who have fewer brushes. My OCD wins out over logic most days.
I'm looking for an especially mild method of shoe cleaning--anyone got any tips? Occasionally I'll get a little grease spot or wax buildup on a shoe. I don't want to use a cream/conditioner that leaves anything behind, and I'd rather not use anything with a solvent that carries any risk of affecting the pigment (so no Renomat or alcohol). What's the mildest, safest methods for cleaning lightly soiled shoes when a damp cloth won't do?
I was thinking of using a product from Leather Master called Soft Cleaner. (http://www.leatherworldtech.com/Leather-Master-Soft-Cleaner-p/lmsoc.htm) It's an extremely gentle water-based cleaner with a slight foaming action and a light scent... I've been using it on a nice leather couch for a long time with no ill effect. I've used this with a soft brush on cheap driving loafers and it's worked fine... the leather initially soaks up the water and darkens, but then it dries clean and looks like new.
What do you guys think? Any problems with that kind of approach on nice shoes? Better ideas?
I found a great, easy (and free) item for producing water drops to use while wax polishing. A flower water tube. I bought flowers for my wife the other week and one of the types couldn't be out of water for long so the lady put these plastic tubes over the bottom of the stem.
So somehow I realize that because of water solubility only a drop of water falls out of the hole at a time if held upside gently. Basically the perfect little tool for depositing a drop of water on my polish cloth in between wax applications.
Google flower water tube to see what they are. And next time you are at the local grocer/florist buying flowers for the loved one make sure to get one of these: