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Maintaining Matte Finish on Shoes

neilallen777

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this is in effort to confirm the process in creating/maintaining matte finishes on shoes with it's own dedicated subject line!:

1) Condition Shoes (lexol etc.)
2) Only use cream polishes occasionally to cover scuffs

Any other tips, tricks?

thanks,
neil
 

sf_esq

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Good question. I once took a pair of brand new calf skin shoes, that came in a semi matte finish to my shoe shine place here in San Francisco. They do an excellent job, typically, but they proceeded to shine the hell out of my shoes to the point that they actually looked like patent leather when they were through. Now, I either ask them not to make them too shiny or I polish my own shoes using colored Meltonian shoe cream and a soft brush. I usually skip using a cloth to shine (after brushing) as the last step for matte finish shoes because it seems that is what seems to give it the most shine.
 

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I would use cream religiously, but stick with a brush and not buff with a cloth.
 

neilallen777

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sounds like we're all in agreement on no wax polishes. other threads on this forum mentioned only using conditioner with cream sparingly. i was hoping on solidifying a process for matte finishes on this thread. i'm sure there are plenty of us here who don't like glossy finishes on all our shoes especially our casual ones!
 

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