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post #16 of 109
I'm starting to like Saphir more and more. Nevertheless, I still use Kiwi. I use the "Parade Gloss" tins for a higher shine. A 'better' stockist of regular Kiwi should be able to obtain those. Aside from that, I do believe EG also still has (rebranded?) polishes. MtB
post #17 of 109
Shoe manufactures make shoes. All the other bits and bobs they sell as well, the brushes, the shoe trees, the polishes etc. are bought in and repackaged. It might be the case that manufacturers supply the exact formula for their polish: 1 part X, 2 parts Y, boil for 30 minutes etc. More often than not, the limited quantities do not worry that and it is just the same stuff than the major brand, maybe slightly different in color.
post #18 of 109
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Hmmm--I don't know about that.In fact,I have read that a steady diet of Kiwi is not good for shoes as it can dry or crack the leather surface due to a certain amount of distillates and solvents,etc.If there are a bazillion different brands and qualities of car polishes,I would think the same goes for shoe polishes.After all,if one invested in a Ferrari,wouldn't they use Zymol instead of,say, Turtle Wax?
post #19 of 109
Whenever I travel to Washington DC on business I always stop by the shine stand in the Dulles terminal.  The owner is great and incredibly knowledgable regarding different polishes. He recommended and sold me on Angelus and that is what I use.  As the previous poster discussed, Kiwi includes alcohol which would dry out the leather.  Optimally you would need to find a wax that has no alcohol but rather just various kinds of wax (carnauba, beeswax, etc.).  The Angelus method of applying shoe wax is designed towards a spit shine (applying wax, brush off, 2nd coat, heat the wax to melt it into the leather, wet rag to buff off, towel dry, nylon for detail work) and I remember reading in a previous post that it is not recommended for C&Js, AE, etc.  I'll leave that open for debate. I second the recommendation for Lincoln.  Very good product. Regards, CT
post #20 of 109
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After all,if one invested in a Ferrari,wouldn't they use Zymol instead of,say, Turtle Wax?
Not to hijack this thread, but not necessarily. Zymol works best as a concours wax, not as a wax for cars that are actually driven. One Grand Blitz Wax is probably the most durable carnauba-based wax, and while it's got lots of petroleum distillates, plenty of very good professional detailers use it on very expensive cars. Some people even use polymer treatments (the "good" ones like Klasse or Zaino on high end cars. Back on point, what are some of the favorite pre-polish leather conditioners? I have a couple of pairs of shoes with minor cracking, and while I don't expect to bring them back to new condition, I do want to keep them going as long as possible.
post #21 of 109
I've had good results with Apple Brand Leather Care. Very similar to Coach leather moisturizer, both are light formulas that are good pre polishing. For leather that needs serious help I use either Montana Pitch-Blend (Blend of pine pitch, mink oil, and beeswax). This will slightly darken leather but it's great for restoring suppleness and water repellency. Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP is similar and equally excellent. Montana and Obenauf's are also great for luggage restoration.
post #22 of 109
People love to slam Kiwi, but seriously, has anyone had any personal experience indicating Kiwi is in any way harmful to leather?? I've been using it on all my shoes for over 5 years now, and it has not dried the leather even the slightest. I know of at least two very high-end shoe companies that use Kiwi to finish their shoes as well. I've also tried Lincoln, which is excellent polish. I use Meltonian for creams, and Allen Edmonds conditioner/cleaner.
post #23 of 109
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I'm starting to like Saphir more and more. Nevertheless, I still use Kiwi. I use the "Parade Gloss" tins for a higher shine. A 'better' stockist of regular Kiwi should be able to obtain those. Aside from that, I do believe EG also still has (rebranded?) polishes. MtB
so is the "parade gloss" any worse on the shoes (in terms of breathability) than the regular kiwi? also, i have been using just polish on my shoes and they do dry out over time so i'd say cream from time to time is good.
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post #25 of 109
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so is the "parade gloss"  any worse on the shoes (in terms of breathability) than the regular kiwi?
my guess (with no empirical support) would be yes. Parade Gloss has silicone in it (which improves apparent shine and waterproofing), and silicone oils can prevent leather from absorbing other emollients. I think that Parade Gloss is really intended for use on military boots or other silicone-treated leathers, not for the types of leather used in better dress shoes.
post #26 of 109
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I think that Parade Gloss is really intended for use on military boots or other silicone-treated leathers, not for the types of leather used in better dress shoes.
that is what i think too.
post #27 of 109
Any thoughts on the Allen Edmonds "Premium" polish in the tube? I have some in black that puts on quite a nice shine.
post #28 of 109
OK - so I keep hearing all these good things about Saphir, and their Medaille d'Or paste wax in particular. Now, after a few calls, it seems as if I am importing it directly from the factory- and maybe in a big way. At the very least, for stock in my stores and on the web. Very, very nice people at the factory Avel. Anyway, what is the cleaner/conditioner that I have read is well thought of? Is it the 'Renovateur' or the 'Lotion Medaille d'Or' or the 'Baume Special Formula'? Just curious, and if anyone want's to reserve some of the Polish, let me know so I can add to my stock orders. http://www.avel.es/# Also, I love this beeswax emulsion....very good cleaner/polisher/conditioner. Have a large amount of product on the way. http://www.nubian1880.it/english/chi_siamo.html
post #29 of 109
Rider, that's great. As long as the polish doesn't cost as much as shoes, I'll certainly order.
post #30 of 109
When you purchase Silvano Lattanzi shoes at Louis Boston they give you Kiwi shoe polish with a Lattanzi label affixed.
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