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Proper color for shoe cream

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dah328, Aug 30, 2004.

  1. dah328

    dah328 Distinguished Member

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    Dec 6, 2003
    For brown shoes, I think I've read conflicting reports about whether the shoe cream should be one shade darker or lighter? I assume the same principle would apply to polish as well, although in my experience, shoe cream generally affects the color of the leather more.


  2. kabert

    kabert Distinguished Member

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    Feb 23, 2004
    I think darker versus lighter depends on what result you're looking for. Darker cream will slightly darken the shoe leather, whereas lighter or neutral will more closely maintain the original color. I like to use darker because I like the antiquing effect it has on lighter brown leathers and because it seems to do a better job covering up scuffs better than neutral cream on darker leathers.

    I agree that cream does a much better job in my experience than polish or wax of changing the color of shoes. Wax imparts a nice shine, but I feel the cream is better for the shoe in terms of returning moisture to the leather.

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