Couldn't agree with you more good sir. I struggle with the concept of why some met cut corners in the wrong places. Like refusing to invest in good socks or cleaning/care products for their four figure shoes. I don't know what the cost is around the world...but my saphir creams are ~$12.50, Reno ~$20, and waxes ~$8. A little goes a long way as I've had mine for well over 2 years and I've barely made a dent.
The pricing of the Saphir products is not outrageous, especially for those who can afford the four figure pricing on shoes. As long as your shoes are getting nourishment and protection from the products you are using, that's the bottom line.
As far as socks are concerned, a better quality of materials and the design is what makes up the higher cost. The cheaper stuff tends to be cheap for a reason.
Regarding polish and for what it's worth, I'm 99.9% sure that TheShoeSnob shoe care products are rebranded Saphir MDO. I recently got the Mink Oil Renovator, cream polish, and wax polish. are made by the same company that makes Saphir (Avel). On top of that, the sticker that tells the color is the same as Saphir. Good way to save a few bucks!
I second @TtownMD @coldinboston @MrVenneri and @casadisartoria's opinion: I have been using the full range of Saphir products both for the upper and the inner lining of my shoes for quite a while and they work really well. I find that it is really not necessary to apply of lot of saphir product to get great results, and, so in the end, it does not seem to be that much costlier to use saphir than another brand.
Interesting tip. Thanks @rbhan12
Edited by cypi2 - 4/3/16 at 7:27pm