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Magnanni style 5018 crocodile loafer care

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I tried using Bickmore exotic spray and then chamois oil. The first left a dull cloudy film on the shoe. The second did not correct it.

How should I polish these shoes?

I received the following lackluster response from Magnanni:

“Thanks for reaching out. I'm not familiar with these products, but I cant image it should leave a full cloudy film on the leather. My best recommendation at this point would be to find a local shoe shine or cobbler who could help you with the specific pair and show you the best way to care for them. My normal recommendation is to use our neutral leather cream on the shoes. Or if you want to match the color or add color back in, I'd do the Cream with the corresponding color.”
 

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I have a pair of lizard loafers and just use your regular shoe cream and leather conditioner.

I once bought a jar of Saphir's Special Reptile Beauty Milk, which is marketed as being for exotics. Like you, I found that it leaves a cloudy residue, and I didn't find it to be anything special. I've stuck with my Allen Edmonds conditioner.
 
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I found some Venetian leather balm in my shoe care drawer that mentioned use on reptile leathers on the label. I used it, and it appears to have fixed my problem.
 

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I have a pair of lizard loafers and just use your regular shoe cream and leather conditioner.

I once bought a jar of Saphir's Special Reptile Beauty Milk, which is marketed as being for exotics. Like you, I found that it leaves a cloudy residue, and I didn't find it to be anything special. I've stuck with my Allen Edmonds conditioner.
I've never had a problem with Saphir Reptan polish on my vintage Italian lizard shoes, maybe that's a different product? Possibly normal polish would be fine and people overthink this...
 
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I've never had a problem with Saphir Reptan polish on my vintage Italian lizard shoes, maybe that's a different product? Possibly normal polish would be fine and people overthink this...

I wouldn't say it's a problem, I just don't find it to be special. Seems like needless differentiation to me.

IMO, there has been a boom in online dress shoe culture where people are selling needless shoe care products and very strange-looking CM shoes. All this is done to just make a buck off people. Green oxfords, red loafers, etc. And then tons of tutorials and shoe care products to further engage the audience.

In the last ten years, I feel like I've seen more threads on here of people asking how did they ruin their shoes. In almost all cases, it's from someone who bought all these fancy shoe care supplies and went overboard with the technique. I think most people will be fine with basic cream, wax, and conditioner.
 

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I wouldn't say it's a problem, I just don't find it to be special. Seems like needless differentiation to me.

IMO, there has been a boom in online dress shoe culture where people are selling needless shoe care products and very strange-looking CM shoes. All this is done to just make a buck off people. Green oxfords, red loafers, etc. And then tons of tutorials and shoe care products to further engage the audience.

In the last ten years, I feel like I've seen more threads on here of people asking how did they ruin their shoes. In almost all cases, it's from someone who bought all these fancy shoe care supplies and went overboard with the technique. I think most people will be fine with basic cream, wax, and conditioner.
Bravo amico! I don't miss much about my previous life in NYC but I do miss the shoeshine guys at Grand Central who made every polish look amazing, with the same three or four products.
 
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I wouldn't say it's a problem, I just don't find it to be special. Seems like needless differentiation to me.

IMO, there has been a boom in online dress shoe culture where people are selling needless shoe care products and very strange-looking CM shoes. All this is done to just make a buck off people. Green oxfords, red loafers, etc. And then tons of tutorials and shoe care products to further engage the audience.

In the last ten years, I feel like I've seen more threads on here of people asking how did they ruin their shoes. In almost all cases, it's from someone who bought all these fancy shoe care supplies and went overboard with the technique. I think most people will be fine with basic cream, wax, and conditioner.

Actually, I took the finish off of two different pairs of shoes by using what appeared would be an appropriate product. One was a pair of Johnson and Murphy saddle dress shoes on which I used Cole Haan leather conditioner. Took the color and the finish right out. The same thing happened with a pair of brown Allen Edmonds Strands. I can’t recall specifically what I used on those. It might’ve been the same stuff. I had to send those back for recrafting. Since then, I use only Allen Edmonds products on those shoes.
 

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Actually, I took the finish off of two different pairs of shoes by using what appeared would be an appropriate product. One was a pair of Johnson and Murphy saddle dress shoes on which I used Cole Haan leather conditioner. Took the color and the finish right out. The same thing happened with a pair of brown Allen Edmonds Strands. I can’t recall specifically what I used on those. It might’ve been the same stuff. I had to send those back for recrafting. Since then, I use only Allen Edmonds products on those shoes.

I had the same experience with Saphir's Renovateur on a pair of Saint Crispin's shoes.

There used to be a member here named DocHolliday who often preached that people were buying overly fancy shoe care products and he didn't understand why. He bought very basic creams and waxes at his local cobbler and thought those were fine. I've come around to his view. If you have crust leather shoes, certain products can be very harsh.
 

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