hi guys, i recently picked up a sweet pair of the Alden longwing 975. Its been a couple of weeks now and i think its time to give them some TLC. I've heard a lot of good about the brand saphir and their products. what do you guys think about them? I want to hear some techniques on care and polish for these great shoes.
Care for shell cordovan color #8- Alden longwings 975
Short answer: clean them with a very lightly damp soft cloth, use a little bit of Renovateur on them, and then buff them with a brush or a soft cloth or whatever.
No need for cream polish until after the 15th wear or so.
Until then, stick to the Mac method religiously:
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Most of them do yes. Using the inside of an athletic sock you can buff out some really bad scratches if you use enough elbow grease. The buffing will mar the surface a bit though, to bring back the shine just apply renovateur. For the worst scratches I have some creme cordovan from Saphir...rarely necessary though.
It's a beeswax based product. After a while, when the buffing and brushing can't restore the original luster of the leather, I've found that working in a modest amount of sno-seal into the shoes really rejuvenates them.
So, my routine is buffing and brushing, with occasional (very light) applications of paste wax, and occasional (very light) applications of sno-seal.
Shell doesn't need cream polish because it doesn't need additional pigment, and it doesn't need polish (either cream or wax) to get a nice shine. Some people claim that the turpentine in cream polishes actually damages the shell; I don't know. What would it mean to "overfeed"? I don't add very much at a time, and I don't think I do it too frequently... so feed, yes. But overfeed, hopefully not. What I do know is that Renovateur improves the appearance of the leather.