Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by phenom01, Mar 23, 2012.
Has anyone ever used vaseline as a shoe conditioner?
I did read that some ppl use it on patent leather shoes but cannot attest to it's benefits or otherwise as I have never used it.
There must be a better way to oil your shoes . . .
As patent leather is completely sealed on the finish side the application of conditioners do little more than assist in cleaning the surface. Vaseline (petroleum jelly) with a rag, can be used to buff out minor scuffs. Afterwards it must be rubbed off or it can chemically react with the finish.
I wouldn't use Vaseline on leather. It will darken it and attract dust.
There are patent cleaners that are very effective on patents. But, my favorite process for patent cleaning and care is this:
Insert shoe trees.
Apply a lite mist of Windex and let set for 15 minutes.
Using a white rag, buff the Windex completely out. At that point you may think you achieved a good gloss. You're not done yet.
Apply a very lite coat of Vaseline. Work it in well.
With a white rag rub out all of the Vaseline vigorously.
They'll come out looking like mirrors.
Vaseline is petro grease. It is not a product for conditioning leather. There are many leather conditioners out there that are optimized for this application. Most of the guys here like Sapphir Renovateur quite a lot, haven't tried it. I love Montana Pitch Blend, which is actually a hunting boot dressing. It's made of beeswax, pine pitch, and mink oil. Works like crazy, smells real yummy. Doubtless no better than the Sapphir.
I did ....when I was about 10 or 11 years old. I think it did cover the scuff marks but darkened the leather.
Thanks for this. Does anyone know if this method would harm the leather on mixed fabric shoes, if the Windex misted over?
i did once due nothing else was available. no kidding. it worked exceptional well, too.
i need to hydrate my shoes so that they dont crack.
Nick, I used to wear patent leather at a previous job (many years ago). The shoe manufacturer (I can't remember who) recommended Pledge and specifically told me not to use Windex. Any thoughts on this? MOL?
If used correctly, same results. Pledge has more oil in it. It's a one step but more work. Also better chance of collecting grim on patent..
Pecard's, which many people favor for boots and heavy leather shoes, seems very similar to Vaseline, in look, feel and smell. I tried Pecard's a couple of times but then stopped using it because it seemed to sit on the surface forever, never absorb, and prevent further shine. Anyone know whether it is in fact petroleum based?
speaking of pledge on shoes - i recently polished up some thuya wood boxes with Renovateur - they look great!
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