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All Natural, Non-Toxic, Shoe Polish

Discussion in '2011-2017 Classic Menswear' started by glenjay, Feb 16, 2013.

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    glenjay Senior member

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    Thanks for your words of encouragement El Argentino.

    In regard to cordovan shell: It is the solvent in shoe polish that can penetrate into the pores of cordovan and cause them to expand. While orange oil is not as harsh as turpentine in that regard, it is still a solvent, so I would say that I do not have a polish specifically designed for cordovan shell.

    As a side note: I have never seen any first hand proof that the amount of solvent in shoe polish applied to a shoe was sufficient to damage shell cordovan. It would be interesting to see if anyone on the forum has experienced the problem first hand.
     
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    great shine there Glen! how many coats of each did you apply, especially of the high shine wax?
     
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    1 coat of the cleaner/conditioner, brushed thoroughly, waited a couple of hours and brushed again.

    2 coats of the of the cream polish, same brushing process.

    4 thin coats of the High Shine paste polish, applied with a moist folded cotton round. The trick is keeping the applicator (folded cotton round in my case) moist.
     
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    Brown wholecut Berluti polished with GlenKaren polish:

    Rubbed down with GlenKaren Leather Cleaner/Conditioner:
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    Brush shine with GlenKaren Cream Polish (used light brown all over, then dark brown in areas that matched the makers antiquing):
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    Mirror shine on toe and heel counter with GlenKaren High Shine Paste Polish:
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    Close up of toe in natural lighting (it was a dark overcast day, so I had to go outside for better natural light):
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    Just a reminder: Only 7 days left to get free CONUS shipping.
     
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    ordered mine and counting down the days! thanks Glen!
     
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    Received my order today. Looking good. Will have to make some time to try it out.
     
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    I actually like the smell of the turpentine solvent that Saphir uses in their products, but my wife hates the smell.

    That's an understatement. Trying using Renovateur in an enclosed room.
     
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    Only 3 days left to take advantage of the free CONUS shipping.
     
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    I have regularly used Saphir Creme (non cordovan) and Venetian creme on my cordovan from time to time for over a year now. I'm amazed at the results. I have even exchanged emails with Nick Horween on this very topic and he recommends Venetian which has high concentration of Turpentine btw.
    IMO this cordovan special purpose creme etc is nothing more than marketing hype. As long as you use the polished the right way, brush off clean etc...I feel I will be OK.
     
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    I'm always up to support a new venture- I'm in for some paste.
     
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    Last day for free CONUS shipping. If you're thinking about it, now's the time to do it.
     
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    Just wanted to post some quick results.

    They're not after any rugged wear, they're after 3 wears (shoes are new, never had a drop of polish on them). I'm happy with it so far and will be ordering more when I'm out.

    I can see it made it a little darker, just one shade. Glen made sure I knew that would happen before he sent my order out, which I appreciate greatly.

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    After
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    Also, it makes the room smell like oranges, which I'm not against.
     
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    ^You used the light brown cream and this is Carmina saddle shell, right?
     
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    Those aren't shell.
     
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