POLL: Do you condition/polish brand new shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by lhuynh, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. lhuynh

    lhuynh Senior member

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    Because you often have no idea how long shoes have been sitting in the store before you buy them, I assume the leather may be drier than ideal. I figure it makes sense to rub a little Saphir cream in the day before I take my shoes for their first spin around the block.

    Curious what other folks think about this or do as a matter of practice.

    Necessary or not?
     


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    sparrow Senior member

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    I think it would add a layer of protection
     


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    archibaldleach Senior member

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    This goes into the category of things I think I should do but end up being too lazy to do right away. In any event, it's a good habit to get into since you'll need to polish the shoes regularly anyway.
     


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    GothamRed Senior member

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    My new shoes get brushed, then cleaned with leather soap (not saddle soap), brushed, reno'd, brushed, cream x3 with brushing in between, wax to taste, buff. Toes and heels get Reno Mat instead of leather soap, and lots of wax.
     
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    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    All of my new shoes are very lightly lotioned before their maiden voyage. No polish until they have seen battle.
     


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    Holdfast Senior member

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    Quick wipe down to remove any dust, then a light application of neutral cream, followed by an equally light brushing. Like Man of Lint, I feel that polishing can wait until after they've been worn.
     


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    RogerP Senior member

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    All my new shoes get a fresh coat of polish before the first wearing. No exceptions.
     


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    lhuynh Senior member

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    That's what I *try* to do too. I'm usually better about doing it for really nice pairs like Lobbs, G&G, etc.
     


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    Yes, I always brush and condition my new shoes with Saphir Renovateur before their first wear, for the reasons that the OP stated.
     


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