So even though this topic has been posted about, including everything from routines, to frequency, to shell cordovan, I wanted to add one more aspect and survey the gentlemen on the products they use. Â My oldest pair of functional shoes celebrated their eighth year of service with a resoling. Â The uppers still look quite nice. Â I use a combination of black shoe cream and black shoe polish to create my desired effect. Products in my shoe care kit (an old Nike box) include: two horse hair brushes, a terry cloth towel cut into strips for application, two men's undershirts cut into half for buffing duties, a child's toothbrush for applying edge dressing, Synovia saddle soap, an almost empty bottle of all purpose leather conditioner, a tin of clear, black, and chocolate brown Kiwi polish, a jar of Kiwi select cream in neutral and tan, a jar of Synovia cream in black, a jar of Melatonian in cordovan and one in dark brown, and 1 jar of Melatonian cream in low gloss black. Â Three pairs of extra laces. Â A can of non-silicone based waterproofer that I occasionally blast onto a pair of Kenneth Coles that I bought as a college freshman before I knew better (snow shoes). Â Is there anything that I'm missing? What products do you recommend for keeping my shoes happy ( Specifically brands? There seems to be some debate about Kiwi. ) FWIW, everything I own is calfskin and gradually getting prohibitively expensive to replace and/or supplement.
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3/1/04 at 3:00am