Since seeing your use of the lotion, I've also switched from Réno to Lotion, and find it much more suitable for welt dunk and general cleaning.
I have a hard time looking for crème universelle, though. Would've love to give that one a try.
Today I'm getting a pair of Saint Crispin's boots ready for the upcoming fall and winter slush. Join me by posting before and after photos here of your own polish job today!
Remember to also cross-post to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday) — one (1) random participant who does will receive one (1) pair of their choice of mid-calf Palatino cotton socks!
Without further ado, let's get to it...
I began as usual by wiping the boots down with a damp cloth and followed up with a brushing using the Saphir large horsehair brush. I then lightly applied Saphir MDO Leather Lotion all over with a Saphir Chamois Cloth, to gently clean and condition the uppers and sole edges.
I let the lotion sit and dry for about 15-20 minutes and I then brushed the boots, heel and sole edges with the Saphir brush.
Then it was on to Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish in light brown, starting with two thin applications all over the boots using a Saphir Chamois Cloth and each application was followed by a brushing after the respective application dried. Once two applications of cream were on the boots, I applied one slightly heavier coat of Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish.
Please Sir, may I have some more?
Once the last application of Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish had dried for about an hour, I lightly misted the boots with a spray bottle and vigorously brushed the dried cream off, resulting in a deep, matte shine.
Remember to post photographs here today of you shining/polishing your shoes (before and after, please) and also to cross-post your photos on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr (using the hashtag #shoeshinesunday) — one (1) random participant who does will receive one (1) pair of their choice of mid-calf Palatino cotton socks!
I'll be checking back in on this thread throughout the day, so feel free to include any questions you might have along with your posts — who knows, the answer(s) may even be the subject of a future Shoe Shine Sunday!
It's probably just a personal quirk, but I use just one light misting of water when there's a bit more than a thin layer of cream to remove with a brush — nothing like the water/alcohol mixture used to create a mirror shine.
Difficult to say for sure without seeing the boots, but I suspect it would be fine.