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post #31 of 62
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I will say that I wear them hard. I mean, I live in NYC. I do a lot of walking. I don't wear sneakers ever so I am constantly rotating through dress shoes. I think I just need a combination for more shoes, and probably better fitting shoes that maybe won't get as stressed.

It's probably the sulphuric acid in the air and esp. in the rain water that is causing your shoes to crack prematurely. Large cities with lots of automobiles are notorious.

As for neatsfoot--it's great on saddles but not so much on saddleshoes. Too oily and too heavy. Lexol NF is supposedly a pure neatsfoot that has been homogenized but it will still stain light coloured leather.
post #32 of 62
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Does somebody else shine them for you?

Nope. We have a brazilian guy that comes around. I tell him just to clean them, no shine at all. I don't like shiny shoes. He creams them (twss) with probably some Kiwi stuff. Never had a problem, shoes look fine, no cracking, discoloration etc. The thought of having 5-6 different products to just maintain a pair of shoes is foreign to me.
post #33 of 62
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Well, I don't wear any of these shoes in the rain. I have set aside "beater" shoes for the rain.
post #34 of 62
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Nope. We have a brazilian guy that comes around. I tell him just to clean them, no shine at all. I don't like shiny shoes. He creams them (twss) with probably some Kiwi stuff. Never had a problem, shoes look fine, no cracking, discoloration etc. The thought of having 5-6 different products to just maintain a pair of shoes is foreign to me.

No pocket square and now no shoe shine. That's crayzie, mang.
post #35 of 62
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No pocket square and now no shoe shine. That's crayzie, mang.

maybe when I get home I'll post some shoes that I wear that I have never had shined and can't even remember when was the last time I had them "creamed".
post #36 of 62
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That might help me sleep tonight. So this Brazilian guy you're married to uses just Creme Le Mer, no other polish, correct?
post #37 of 62
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That might help me sleep tonight. So this Brazilian guy you're married to uses just Creme Le Mer, no other polish, correct?


Just one other wrinkle, the Brazilian guy, it's DerekS.
post #38 of 62
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Fucking knew it.
post #39 of 62
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Ok, so where are these ugly unpolished shoes?
post #40 of 62

Eager to see them myself. I'm sure they'll look better than what I'm forced to wear at the moment.

post #41 of 62
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Come on, ed eagerly waiting.
post #42 of 62
Forgot about this. I just realized I have about 2 to 1 suede to calf shoes, anyway, here are three that I picked out. These are all at least 3 years old, have been worn regularly and on these three I literally cannot remember if I have ever even had them creamed, definitely never shined. I will get the edges dressed and the shoes creamed next time I wear each.






post #43 of 62
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When you say you get these cleaned off, what does the guy use? My guess is a neutral meltonian polish.
post #44 of 62
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Here's a link to the old interview with the Lexol guys. Interesting stuff...

http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/hawgwash/Lexol.html
post #45 of 62

There doesn't appear (or smell) to be that much of a difference between Venetian and the much-worshipped Renovateur. The latter is a bit thicker, but by and large, they both seem very similar.

 

For the record, I've never been convinced that Reno is a fantastic conditioner. It leaves a decent shine, and this is precisely what makes me suspect that it's not really conditioning. Conditioner should be penetrating the leather and softening it; shining agents should be leaving a hardened layer of waxy/fatty substances on top of it. It feels as though these two things aren't mutually exclusive, per se, but that getting them from a single application of one product should be. I am not an organic chemist, though, so what do I know.

 

DWF - Interesting that you're liking Bick4 for conditioning dress shoes. I've always been accustomed to thinking of it as a heavy-duty boot conditioner. Doesn't it contain some sort of sealant? Also, what are your thoughts on Leather Honey?

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