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Are there matt shoe polish?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by seesee, Nov 28, 2009.

  1. seesee

    seesee Well-Known Member

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    Well I find most shoe polish too shiny, are there shoe polish that gives a Matt finish?

    Please help me! thanks
     
  2. Sperry

    Sperry Active Member

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    Less wax. Try a shoe cream.

    I asked the same question locally when buying my McGraws.
     
  3. benjamin831

    benjamin831 Well-Known Member

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    Try cream. It produces more of a glow than shine.
     
  4. DWFII

    DWFII Well-Known Member

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    Well I find most shoe polish too shiny, are there shoe polish that gives a Matt finish? Please help me! thanks
    Shoe polish is mostly wax and some sort of evaporative compound...usually benzene...to cool the wax so that it can be polished. Shoe creams are comprised of wax, conditioners, and some dyestuff. Shoe creams don't ordinarily give as high a shine as polishes but they still contain wax. If you don't want any shine at all, they what you need is a cream conditioner. I like R.M. Williams Saddle Dressing but there are any number of products out there that will do the same thing. All will leave a slight residue of oil or "grease" however. If you are circumspect in your choices this should not be a problem but if you get a product that is high in neatsfoot or other heavy unemulsified oils you may not only get a heavy oil on the surface, you may actually change (darken) the colour of your shoes. Having said all that I would note, in passing, that waxes produce a high shine, creams produce a "satin" shine...the only way to get "matte" (which means no shine) is to avoid all wax based products.
     
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    js4design Well-Known Member

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    Well I find most shoe polish too shiny, are there shoe polish that gives a Matt finish?
    why don't you ask him? iammatt
     
  6. MiloX

    MiloX Well-Known Member

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    I would imagine that type of polish would be quite hairy.
     
  7. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Well-Known Member

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    why don't you ask him? iammatt
    No, I don't polish my shoes.
     
  8. Steven Aver

    Steven Aver Well-Known Member

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    Very simple, just skip the polishing step. Apply polish, and then brush only.
     
  9. MyOtherLife

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    On some of my shoes, I sparingly apply conditioner with a finger, then rub with a rag, and let dry 1 hour, then, again with my finger apply very little EMU creme polish over any scuffs if needed, wait 15 min, then brush.
    Gives a nice luster instead of a shine. It doesn't work well for cg (corrected grain) though in my experience. For cg, i'll stick to the wax polishes.
     
  10. lakewolf

    lakewolf Well-Known Member

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    No, I don't polish my shoes.
    Matt wears them once and then throw them away when they lose their new shine.
     

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