I also here that Venetian shoe cream is great and recommended by Horween leather.
I purchased both the other week and they equally get the job done fairly well from a shine perspective. The differences for me are:
1. The Venetian is cheaper
2. The Venetian has a looser more liquidy consistency than the Reno which is a solid cream.
3. The Venetian has a distinctive chemical smell. While the Reno has a unique odor as well, it is more pleasing to me than the Venetian which I cannot stand.
I decided to use the Reno and set the Venetian aside due to the smell and the fact that it is easier for me to apply the Reno in small quantities on my shoes. I don't mind that one is much cheaper than the other.
Checked with my local cobbler re: adding brass eyelets. He doesn't have the machine and mentioned something about the shoe having to be lined AFTER eyelets are installed. I'll give BNelson a call, but looks like its a no go, so I'll be posting my Cigar LWB in 9d if anyone's interested. Just too many Cigar shoes...