Saphir Shoe Care Products

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  1. RIDER

    RIDER Senior member

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    Actually, I have been....

    Avel is the manufacturer of both Saphir and Medaille D'Or. Medaille D'Or is the higher line which uses turpentine as a base. Saphir is water based. Both use a higher percentage of beeswax than most other polishes on the market. By comparison, Kiwi is 90% Stoddard Solvent. Allen Edmonds is re-labeled Collonil (German), and is also very good.

    As for the leather 'drying out', it does not happen from the outside, but rather from the inside. Cleaning/conditioning/polishing concerns the 'finish' of the leather, not the leather itself. If an upper cracks (dry rots), it happens from perspiration, not the elements. This is the reason for wooden shoe trees - to absorb perspiration from the linings and not allow it to ruin the more vulnerable flesh side of the uppers.

    Can't add a thing to sysdocs regimen...
     


  2. DocHolliday

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    Doc, do you apply conditioner during each regular shoe-care session--i.e., to be then followed by polish--or only before the first wearing?

    I don't condition often, and have found that my better quality shoes require infrequent doses. Essentially, I give them a shot if the leather starts to feel tougher/dry, usually across the vamp. Maybe once every six months or so? More often if the shoe is of lesser quality.

    Essentially all I'm trying to do is keep the leather as flexible as possible. It just seems to make sense. I imagine that recrafting involves a good dose of conditioner, don't you?
     


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    kolecho Senior member

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    Does anyone know where I can get Saphir polish in NYC? I am around Columbus Circle area. Thanks in advance.
     


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    Does anyone know where I can get Saphir polish in NYC? I am around Columbus Circle area. Thanks in advance.

    From what I understand, JM Weston just across the park has rebranded Saphir. I think it's a nice 15-20 minute stroll.
     


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    I'm new to the Forum. Where can I buy these products in the USA? Online if possible.
     


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    Thanks. I'm ordering them now.
     


  9. SirSuturesALot

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    As for the leather 'drying out', it does not happen from the outside, but rather from the inside. Cleaning/conditioning/polishing concerns the 'finish' of the leather, not the leather itself. If an upper cracks (dry rots), it happens from perspiration, not the elements. This is the reason for wooden shoe trees - to absorb perspiration from the linings and not allow it to ruin the more vulnerable flesh side of the uppers.

    My apologies in advance for resurrecting a thread of such age, but given what Rider said about leather drying out from the inside, would it be prudent to apply leather conditioner to the inside of the shoe as well?
     


  10. grimslade

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    I think the problem with that logic is that most shoes are lined, and you won't be conditioning the flesh side of the upper by conditioning the lining.
     


  11. The_Foxx

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    I still cannot seem to justify paying over $9 in shipping for one or two cans of polish. If only there were someone to provide these fine products and ship them via cheap USPS mail (or even priority mail). The MOST polish I could possibly order is two or three cans/ jars!
     


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    I need the Special Reptile, but it has been unavailable for some time now.
     


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    I still cannot seem to justify paying over $9 in shipping for one or two cans of polish. If only there were someone to provide these fine products and ship them via cheap USPS mail (or even priority mail). The MOST polish I could possibly order is two or three cans/ jars!

    Oh come now. The Renovateur is excellent for most leathers -- I'd order it in bulk were I you.
     


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    The Renovateur has that strange smell, but it is a nice general purpose cream.
     


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