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post #61 of 107
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Originally Posted by zeero3 View Post
I just bought my first pair of brown captoe shoes. After wearing them at a wedding I see one or two scuff marks on each shoe. What's the common solution for this common problem? The noob bows in reverence....

Did you scuff an already polished pair? Just add another thin layer over the scuff.

This is how you build up a nice patina over time. Adds some depth and character to the leather.
post #62 of 107
The differences between Kiwi, Saphir, Burgol et al are miniscule. As long as you use a decent wax based polish, you are fine.
Grossly underrated are the differences between polishing brushes. I invested in some Burgol brushes for around 30 Euro each and found them to be a huge improvement to any other generic brushes I've used before.
post #63 of 107
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Grossly underrated are the differences between polishing brushes. I invested in some Burgol brushes for around 30 Euro each and found them to be a huge improvement to any other generic brushes I've used before.

The goat's hair brush really delivers, after a few months of use I even don't need to apply any wax on the shoe itself to get a relatively decent shine.
However, there is still the 75€ Yak hari brush...
post #64 of 107
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Originally Posted by Cravate_Noire View Post
However, there is still the 75€ Yak hari brush...
Drool ... sources?

We could start a shoe brush porn thread!
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post #66 of 107
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Originally Posted by Gherkins View Post
Drool ... sources?

Source: Your mouth!

Seriously.

I don't use brushes. Just polish, 2 clean soft cotton rags, a little water (once had a lesson in shoe polishing in which the RSM said with a smirk that we would be learning how to spit-polish .... but an officer NEVER spits!) and sometimes a candle (to warm your wax-based polish. I'll use a conditioning cream when shoes are new or if they get seriously wet or dry.
post #67 of 107
Try Lincoln?
post #68 of 107
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Originally Posted by Fashionslave View Post
Does anyone have suggestions for top shoe polishes to maintain our Lobb,Edward Green,Mantellassi,etc. shoes? It seems that Kiwi and Meltonian(owned by Kiwi&#33 are as commonplace as Dunkin Donuts and McDonalds.Are there superior products available without searching the ends of the earth?[b]
Collonil is a German brand that specialises in leather care. I use their top neutral cream Collonil Gold (water resistant) for my good English and Italian shoes and this has prolonged and protected the leather very well. I still get asked if I'm wearing new shoes, even if they are 5 years old with this stuff! It can also be used on leather bags as well as shoes, as it won't come off on your clothes or hands like coloured polishes can.

Collonil WaterStop cream is also great for wet weather (which we have a lot of in Sydney, despite what you might see in the movies), and comes in a range of colours for when you need more nugget on your shoe and neutral cream won't cut it (such as if you get a bad scuff).

http://www.collonil.com/

Most of their products also come in high/low shine, and they have water repellent sprays etc. (but I'd stick to the Gold and Waterstop lines personally).

Another tip - stay away from Florsheim polish. On contact with water it puckers and swells the leather - my experience is its nasty stuff when it gets wet.

Jase
post #69 of 107
This youtube video shows a cobbler demonstrating how to clean and polish a pair of leather shoes. He seems to know what he is talking about. He also mentioned Lincoln and Meltonian. Hope this video is helpful for our forum. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_rFXZ1oNSY
post #70 of 107
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Originally Posted by embowafa View Post
quick question for the fora. I've had pretty good luck with DIY shoe shining/antiquing.

However, I have a pair of AE Evanston (black) that simply will NOT take the polish. I know that one option is the fact that there's a good chance the leather is CG, but is there a step I'm missing here?

Is it just really dry leather that needs a lot of conditioner? Should I strip all poilsh off and generously apply Lexol?

heeeelp.

Have you tried bringing them to a _good_ shoe shine stand? Sometimes that'll help jump start a shoe that doesn't seem to want to take a shine.

Lexol or other conditioners can actually make it _harder_ to get a shoe to shine, so that would probably be counterproductive unless you give them a while to dry before shining.
post #71 of 107
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Originally Posted by DAIXiaoyu View Post
for those interested in the Saphir products, in particular, Medaille d'or, below is the link to their on-line store :

http://www.valmour.fr/cleaning-leath...oe-polishes-71

below is for "Universal Shoe Polish Cream SAPHIR®", someone has highly recommended it in this topic, although I'd rather give "Renovator Shoe Polish SAPHIR® MEDAILLE D'OR®" a go.

http://www.valmour.fr/cleaning-produ...ream-saphir,41

I get my stocks from here all the time.... medaille d'or is good enough to eat!
I use the creams and the waxes, also the protector (which has no silicone) and the suede products..
post #72 of 107
Quick question to the thread -- does anyone use saddle soap as a cleaner and prep for polishing/waxing/etc...?
post #73 of 107
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Originally Posted by low_profile View Post
Quick question to the thread -- does anyone use saddle soap as a cleaner and prep for polishing/waxing/etc...?

No, I use Saphir Renovateur or Crema Nubiana.
post #74 of 107
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Originally Posted by low_profile View Post
Quick question to the thread -- does anyone use saddle soap as a cleaner and prep for polishing/waxing/etc...?

I use saddle soap, from time to time, if my shoes have gotten wet or I just want to get rid of some excess wax build up before polishing again.
post #75 of 107
Allen Edmonds was selling their house-brand polish for $1/bottle with free shipping about a month ago...anyone have any idea the quality?
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