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Polish Color for Dark Cognac Cordovan?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Grenadier, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. Grenadier

    Grenadier Senior member

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    I've got a pair of dark cognac cordovan loafers coming in from Rancourt & Co., which are being made of the same cordovan as Leffot's venetian loafer, as seen below. Can anyone recommend a wax polish brand/color to use on them when giving a good polishing after Saphir renovateur? Thanks.

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    Grenadier Senior member

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    Please forgive the bump.
     


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    I think Kiwi makes a good cordovan polish, but if you're looking to keep the colour and let it age a bit, then they (Kiwi) make a neutral polish that's pretty good.
     


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    Hi, need a better pic. 'Dark Cognac Cordo' is not so much a colour as a maker's name for a color - so it's not consistent. Wouldn't u stick to Saphir? I find the colour of the polish not so important as the brand.
     


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    I was going to go with Saphir, but they offer quite a large number of browns. I figured that Horween Dark Cognac Cordovan was a standard color?
     


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    I would use Saphir Bordo
     


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    I use the Dark Cognac shell quite often, and we recommend Saphir #37/Middle Brown. The Cream though, not the wax. Actually, Renovateur should be enough with only an occasional addition of tinted cream.
     


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    Wow.

    You recommend polish for cordovan?

    Most of us are using Zoe's venetian or a bit og AE Cordovan cream when we need tiny bits of colour.

    I am too scared to put anything else on cordovan - Horween's seems to think you ruin corodvan with polish.

    Thanks for your views.
     


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    Well, not really......which is why I said 'Renovateur should be enough'. When some color is needed, the cream is much more effective than the wax, IMO. At least in my refinishing shop. I used to import the Saphir Shell Cordovan Cream, but found that it was no more effective than Renovateur and an occasional MDO Cream treatment, so stopped stocking it here for wholesale.
     


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    Thanks Ron, I will order a jar today. I was going to use the brown only very sparingly and seldomly (3-4 times a year), primarily relying on the renovateur. I just don't want these puppies to get too washed out with the Arizona sun.
     


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    Is that as good as or worse than using Zoe's do you think Ron? The only reason I ask is price, Zoe's is a heck of a lot cheaper and I am already shelling out HUGE money for renovateur on all my calf hide footwear.

    It kind of feels comforting to know I don't have to use renovateur on the cordovan as well.

    But, if you think it is better........................................... oh well, I guess I will have to buy more renovateur - you having a sale soon?
     


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    Honestly, I don't know much about Zoe's Venetian Cream......it's an old brand that disappeared long ago until Nick Horween started pushing it recently. I remember it being a pretty harsh product, but I assume Nick has something to do with it coming back.....it was a Chicago based chemical company that made it. Maybe it's different now.

    I'll stick with Reno.

    You shouldn't be going thru the Reno too fast though.....a little goes a LONG way for me. Goes even further on shell what with the lack of grain and all.

    No sales coming on the product itself, but I am offering a coupon on the shop site next week (heading to work NYC tomorrow so not really able to ship from Mon-Thur so I'll probably post it during the week) where for every $50 spent on Saphir products you get a $50 coupon to use on any shoes and boots from the new on-line store.

    Cheers -
     


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    Did you buy those shoes directly from Rancourt? How much?
     


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    Those shoes look very comfortable.
     


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