Best polish for AE Strand in walnut calf?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by theriel, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. theriel

    theriel Member

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    Hello,
    Thank you all once again for your help in my previous crusade for a new pair of shoes. Ultimately I have decided to buy AE Strand in walnut calf. It seems, however, that it's only the beginning of my journey...

    I have a question to all the owners of this pair of shoes or of any other shoes in the same colour... Which wax polish do you use? I am looking for the best colour match or slightly darker (to give the nice patina over time).

    For black shoes I have very successfully used Saphir wax - but taking into account the multitude of brown shades I am totally lost...

    Thank you for your time and help!

    Best,
    Theriel
     
  2. Shawl Lapel

    Shawl Lapel Senior member

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    I just use the polish AE sells since I wasn't sure where to find something else that would match.
     
  3. Texastyle

    Texastyle Senior member

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    Same here. They had a sale on their site last month and I got the walnut polish, a cloth, brush, and shoe trees for about 39 bucks with shipping.


    Edit: It's weird how much darker the color is on their site than in person.
     
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  4. CJG_NYC

    CJG_NYC Senior member

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    Would anyone trust a shoe shine/cobbler shop to shine/condition the Strand's in Walnut?

    I have a pair and I've been debating going there - I have them do my black Park Avenues and my burnished calf Fifth Avenues, but was unsure if I should go with Walnut color shoes.

    Thoughts?
     
  5. theriel

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    @Texastyle - IMO in real life the colour looks *much* nicer. But it is true - I was surprised when I saw them at the store!

    @CJG_NYC:
    To be honest... I generally do not trust anyone to do the polishing/conditioning of my shoes. Firstly - I haven't come across anyone so trustworthy. Secondly - I try to use the top products (e.g. Saphir). I would worry that cobbler might want to decrease his operating costs by using sub-prime product. You might not see the difference initially - after some time you will. Thirdly - when I condition and/or polish the shoes I pay attention to the details and I know what exactly I am doing. I don't have this confidence regarding a cobbler...

    Now, having said that - if there is (and I am sure there is) a really good cobbler who uses high quality products and who knows his stuff - I cannot see anything wrong with regularly using his services. Keep in mind, though, that "simple" black shoes are more forgiving in short-term than Walnut shoes with broguing...
     

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