Some quick questions re Alden Leather Defender, which arrived from JCrew today:
- Label claims it will "clean and protect calfskin and genuine shell cordovan." Can I trust that it can indeed be used on shell? (I know it says so, but I'm paranoid about it given that I'm kind of a shoe care newbie)
- Directions are to "Apply Alden Leather Defender to a soft cloth and wipe shoes thoroughly. Let dry. Turn cloth and buff gently. For best results allow leather to dry completely before wearing shoes." Do you fellow Alden Leather Defender users actually follow this procedure? If memory serves well enough, I have a faint recollection of someone instructing us to simply spray the shoe before going out on days rain is predicted. I'd rather go with this on-the-fly method. Shoe care can be time consuming. I'm barely keeping up on my Mac Method basics! (Please don't tell Uncle; I don't want him to be disappointed in me, especially before I post pics of the new whiskeys tomorrow)
- For those of you who don't believe in the Leather Defender, what alternative water protection, if any, are you using and why?
Thanks in advance for any feedback you can offer.
I've used the defender on shell with no problems. In fact I believe it was formulated specifically for shell cordovan -
But I usually only put it on during rainy season, or I'm going out to a bar where beer or something might spill.