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post #16 of 21
You could actually use cream for spit shines?
post #17 of 21
Shoe cream is used for nourishing the leather on a periodical basis. It does not create a shine as it goes into the leather. Wax is merely a coating per se. That is why there are shoe polish removers, etc.
post #18 of 21
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Shoe cream is used for nourishing the leather on a periodical basis. It does not create a shine as it goes into the leather.
I beg to differ. I have found that putting a dab of shoe cream on the shoes, dipping my fingers in hot water and rubbing it in, then letting it dry and buffing it creates a wonderful luster in my shoes. Now of course it ain't a spit shine per se, but it makes the shoes look great. Got that hot water tip from Andy's site.
post #19 of 21
The problem I have with shoe cream is the high pigment content and its covering power. Ideal for covering nicks and scuffs, but used regularly, it gives a dull and uniform color. The shoe acquires the color of the cream, just like a wall gets the color of the paint. I think there is nothing better than thin coats of wax-polish (maybe even in more than one color) to give the shoes transparency and lustre. What I just said, does not apply to black, after all "Black is Black", as the old song goes.
post #20 of 21
I use a wax based polish because the layered wax creates a physical barrier that protects the shoe against minor scuffs and water. I don't believe creams are capable of doing that. So even if cream and wax were capable of delivering equal shine (which I don't think they are) I'd stick with wax.
post #21 of 21
I use a wax based polish because the layered wax creates a physical barrier that protects the shoe against minor scuffs and water. I don't believe creams are capable of doing that. So even if cream and wax were capable of delivering equal shine (which I don't think they are) I'd stick with wax.
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