In this thread we talk about shoe care, post our favorite products, before and after photos of our shoes, etc. There seem to be a few opinions on whether to use wax, paste, polish, cream? On what kinds of shoes? How often? Which products? What to avoid? Etc. Perhaps we can all contribute words or photos or both. I'll post what I've already posted in other threads here to get us started. The shoe on the right was never polished or cleaned with anything. The shoe on the left has one application of Saphir Renovateur. Tonight, I actually applied Kiwi Polish to them (in brown color), and they look even better. Almost as if they've patinated instantly, much moreso than before. I will try to get a photo in natural light. ----- These shoes are made of shell cordovan, and they were quite dusty/a bit dry looking prior to using Saphir Renovateur (a trending theme...). They were worn about 8 months without any care other than brushing. Before: Top after, bottom before: Before in foreground: After: Both after: My technique for both of these pairs of shoes is very simple. I wipe with a just every so slightly moist cotton cloth, and follow by applying the Renovateur with a horse hair dauber. The product goes everywhere on the upper. I let it dry for 3-5 minutes or so, and then brush it out with a horse hair brush. To achieve slightly more shine, I use a polishing cloth (the $3 ones from Allen Edmonds work great) for 20-25 seconds all around the shoe.