Shoe polish seeping out of the upper on grained leather shoes

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  1. MacGuffen

    MacGuffen Senior member

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    When I wear my grained leather loafers and boots, the shoe polish seems to seep out of the leather upper?

    It's as if the shoe cream is absorbed, and then when I walk with them, the leather warms up and forces the shoe cream back out again.

    I use Saphir Renovateur, and Saphir Neutral Shoe Cream on the Herring Treen, pictured below. You can see at the toe what the color is supposed to look like.

    Needless to say, it looks like I've got mud all over my shoes, and I hate it given how much time I put into polishing them.

    Any idea why this happens, and only with my grained leather shoes? And how to fix it/avoid it?

    Thanks!

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  2. MacGuffen

    MacGuffen Senior member

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    And yes, they don't look like that before I go out the door.
     
  3. Nine Miler

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    The neutral cream dries and then when you walk, it causes the small creases in the grain to crack the surface of the dried cream, which shoes as a whitish color. I imagine if you used a colored cream, there would not be this issue.
     
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    Awesome, thank you. That makes sense. I'll use a brown color instead.
     
  5. Nine Miler

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    Cool. Follow up with results. Probably best to hit with renovateur first to get the existing residue off.
     
  6. MyOtherLife

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    I concur with Nine. Avoid the neutral polishes. Gently wiping a damp cloth over them and a good brushing once dried should correct the problem.
     
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  7. WorldWideWafflz

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    Grain leathers are hard to polish. Use a colored creme polish and apply it extremely sparingly to the areas that you will flex when wearing. Whereas on a smooth calf I would apply two thin coats to even the vamp, on grain one extremely thin coat is the max in my recent experience with such leather. I also find that if you give the polish some extra elbow grease with the cloth and an especially stout brushing to make doubly sure it's really even and there's no excess it helps eliminate that buildup of caked wax. Frankly using neutral polish on my grain shoes was a good visual demonstration on how to apply polish; with it, any unevenness or extra wax is immediately apparent.
     
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    Yup, that's the other side of it. The more you use, the more residue.
     
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    WorldWideWafflz Senior member

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    Kayhill, Your quoting and paraphrasing proves that I use too many words.
     
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    Haha, I was simply agreeing with you based on my own experience using neutral cream polish on grain leather.

    Haven't used coloured cream polish before so I didn't feel I should include that in the quote. :)
     

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