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How do you guys take care of your Butteros? I use Saphir cream to soften up the leather and keep it from drying out. Also considering using plain beeswax, since my cobbler recommended it. He also told me the Saphir will soften the leather but also make it even more susceptible to damage.
What do you guys think? Using shoepolisn just seems wrong, intuitively.
What kind of butteros? You talkin about sneakers?
I don't treat my Taninos at all. Sometimes a quick wipe and brush on the suede, but that's it. I mean, they are still sneakers, right?
@troika Those look fantastic. I'd totally forgotten about that silhouette...I like it a lot better than the current one. I'd almost bought a pair of them a few times before when they would hang around Barneys Warehouse, Yoox and the like. But with what you've said, I definitely would have mis-sized.
I started to look at both Buttero's design and Margiela's quality a lot differently once I learned the former did construction for the latter. Raised my opinion in both regards. In particular, I started to see a lot of what I'd (immaturely) regarded as cheap/flimsy construction on Margiela stuff was usually a best-case construction method when aesthetics couldn't be compromised.
There are some of the old style at downright reasonable prices on Farfetch. As well as a bunch of Tonfas, for that matter.
EDIT: Also, I'm guessing this is the same leather Feit is charging $650 for on their sneakers. There's more to it than that, of course, but it wouldn't be the first time I'd seen Buttero offering shoes in a leather some other brand markets as a signature style at half the price of the others.