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post #91 of 109

I have been in the Shoe Repair industry for 20 years now and the products I have found to be great are as follows.

1) Collonil waterstop colours.

The boutique polish which keeps the leather waterproofed and nourished.

Most common  colours and neutral.

2) Good old fashioned Joseph Lyddy (Dubbin)

You also can use these products for leather bags & jackets.

 

Stay away from Kiwi it dries out the leather and then the leather starts to crack.

post #92 of 109
Cobler76, I think you would enjoy this thread: the-official-shoe-care-thread-tutorials-photos-etc very much.
post #93 of 109
A lot of people seem to recommend Lincoln Shoe Polish. I'll try and get hold of some but I don't think it's available in Europe. It will be a nice break from Saphir, which I’ve used for a while. It’s always nice to try something different. What stands Lincoln apart from other US makers like Angelus and Meltonian? In this particular thread these other makers are not mentioned that often.
post #94 of 109

saphir

post #95 of 109

Bickmore Bick 4 Leather Conditioner and Lincoln Stain Wax Shoe Polish.

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Hi, I looking to buy the best shoe polish money can buy, as I wish to clean the shoes of the greatest man that ever lived. He is literally my hero! Obviously no ordinary shoe polish will do for a man. Of his caliber, and so does anybody have any suggestions? I can't be expected to use any High street rubbish for someone if his majestic glory. Thankyou
post #97 of 109
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Originally Posted by clairey View Post

Hi, I looking to buy the best shoe polish money can buy, as I wish to clean the shoes of the greatest man that ever lived. He is literally my hero! Obviously no ordinary shoe polish will do for a man. Of his caliber, and so does anybody have any suggestions? I can't be expected to use any High street rubbish for someone if his majestic glory. Thankyou

What in the world are you talking about?
post #98 of 109
Well basically i am in love with a guy, he is literally my hero! He sometimes allows me to clean his shoes for him (but this is only if im really lucky) but i need some really Top quality stuff in which to please him
post #99 of 109
Troll
post #100 of 109
I am not a troll, i am merely trying to find the best of the best of all shoe polishes, i am trying to get a job as cheif shoe polisher of his royal highness the supreme lord lewis and cannot do a bad job!
post #101 of 109
Sorry i meant his royal highness the supreme magnificent lord lewis, god of all gods!
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post #103 of 109

In the Army we all used Kiwi when we had leather shoes that required polish. However, the Kiwi sold today is not the same. I believe they changed the formula. In a local Clark's shoe store they have a line of polish that comes in a tube with a built in applicator. I've found that to be excellent. It keeps the leather soft and waterproofs well. It shines up very nicely, not a "spit shine" but a high gloss that looks good. When I use it I actually get comments about how good my shoes look...and who does that now days? One thing though, you have to really brush it in and buff it, otherwise the un polished polish might come off on your cuffs. This is true with any polish.

post #104 of 109

I used the Saphir Medaille L'Dor line for my shoes, following what I've read and seen. Totally worth the extra payment.

 

Lately, however, another British honey farm produced a very fine soft paste wax called the Robson's Beeswax Shoe Polish. It's totally worth the try. The wax is so soft and creamy, a dab could cover a whole section of the shoe like shoe cream. The consistency makes the polish excellent as a heel and sole edge wax, if anyone care to spend time and dry-rubbing the wax on the heel and sole edge surface.

 

Overall, in all the shoe polish that I've tried, the only brand(s) that I'd trust is the Saphir line and the new Robson's polish. Lincoln works fine, but the thick finish can be detrimental for the leather, and removal can be extremely difficult in the long run. Given the thick finish that Lincoln can produce, I can only trust the brand most in polishing the leather sole and heel edges.

 

Kiwi is the most sensitive brand I've known. The polish, to be honest, is love or hate depends on the user. Personally, I find Kiwi a joke and a tragic story. I know that our military used to be Kiwi's greatest customer, but yet the quality had so gone under the ground so far. I don't know what the formula used to be in the past, but I can tell from the God-awful smell that the thing is nothing more than petroleum based solvents and paraffin wax. The polish cannot hold its luster. It requires one to polish so frequently, in comparison to other brands which one can just use a brush and rebuff the finish. The wax is also too greasy and tends to melt under the hot sun. The finish builds up thick and greasy and flakes off fairly easily. Kiwi also wears out really fast under wet weather, which eventually introduce water penetration. Due to the greasiness, Kiwi is also extremely hard to remove, even when compared to Lincoln, which produce a much thicker finish.

 

Overall, it is up to one to find the polish good or bad to themselves, but as of my recommendation, if you are willing to spend, Saphir and Saphir Medaille L'Dor is the way to go. If you're not willing to spend, or on a budget cut, then it is Angelus and Lincoln to go to. Kiwi - up to you. I had enough nightmarish experience with Kiwi.

 

Whatever polish you use, don't forget to douse the leather with a good grade conditioner before you polish. This will make the shoe shine greater and healthier.

 

A few thoughts to be shared upon this topic.

post #105 of 109
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Originally Posted by traverscao View Post

...I can tell from the God-awful smell that the thing is nothing more than petroleum based solvents...

Pretty much all shoe polish uses solvent to keep the wax soft enough to spread. Once the polish is applied to the shoe the solvent evaporates.

Solvents in shoe polish range from Naphtha (petroleum based) to Turpentine (pine based). I have a decent size shoe collection, so I am polishing shoes quite frequently, my wife hated the smell of the solvents in any of the polish I would use so I created my own polish using orange oil as the solvent. Orange oil is similar to Turpentine as a solvent, but has a pleasant citrus smell.

A number of Styleforum members use the polish, and even a bespoke shoemaker, that is a member of this forum, thinks it is great shoe polish. It is certainly a viable option if the scent of solvents bother you.
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