In responding to Meaculpa's recent thread on shoe care sites, I mentioned Franco's as one possibility for the Saphir line. A while back, Ron Rider sent me some brochure materials on Saphir that Franco's were going to be stocking. I haven't yet purchased anything from this line mainly because I wasn't sure of which of their products corresponded to the North American standards, such as Allen-Edmonds, Kiwi (I know, I know, it's English), etc. Despite being a lifelong Canadian, I must confess that I'm not bilingual (living in Western Canada), and much of Saphir's prose escaped me. However, since people have raved about Saphir products, I'd like to learn more. As far as I can tell, they offer the full line of care products: conditioner (Renovateur, and possibly Special Reptile), cream (Pommadier and possibly Pate de Luxe), and paste wax (Brosse Polissoir). These products all have the words Saphir Medaille D'Or 1925 on their labels. Therefore, can we assume that they correspond to similar products from other suppliers like, for example, Allen-Edmonds, who supply cleaner/conditioner, cream, and wax polish? I recall a thread contributed to by Ron Rider (now undoubtedly lost in the ether of cyberspace--the thread that is, not Ron), in which he noted the way in which Saphir polish differed from other wax polishes, and I vaguely recall that it might have had something to do with the base being a different chemical. So...can anyone: 1. Tell us the ways in which the Saphir products are superior to those in common use in North America? 2. Describe his experiences with the various Saphir products? 3. Describe his shoe-care drill when using Saphir products? Note: This is not a short-answer question on which you will be graded.