Originally Posted by wj4
Since we're on the topic, how often do you gentlemen use wax/polish on your shells?
I have yet to use any on any of my pairs. I use a slightly damp cloth to clean the shoes and brush them after the shoes are dried completely.
I go to the local Nordstrom Rack and buy 3-5 pairs of shoe trees at once to keep in stock. I put shoe trees in all of my shoes that are $300+. They're only ~$12 a pair.
Ok, I’m a novice with shell - I purchased my first pair about a month ago (PTB Color 8), but I worn the heck out of them! At first I just wiped them off with a damp cloth and brushed - everything was cool. Then I got caught in a rain storm, I ended up getting a few “water bumps” on the shoes (they are still there but you can hardly notice them. I decided to treat them. I only now use Venetian Shoe Cream - for three reason, one it is made in the US (which is important to me) two, it was recommended by Nick Horween (the maker of the leather) and three, it is very inexpensive. The shine this cream produces is incredible (not the least bit cloudy) and I noticed that on my way to church this morning the rain just beaded up. No water marks. The Venetian does a great job in protecting the leather from water damage. Finally I have not used shoe trees - and don’t plan to. The shoes still look great. And I have only use a dab of Kiwi on areas where there was a nick or scratch.