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Thanks guys, i just do shoecare for 3 weeks so work with aceton is a bit too much and risky for me at this level. I'll buy renomat and try it with it. Wish me look because I totally love the other shoe and would like to make them both walkable:)
In my experience, Saphir Renomat is more potent than acetone when it comes to remove finish. A warning, based on very offensive smell alone: I would advise to use in well ventilated area and to immediately follow with good leather treatment such as Bick, Lexol or others. A little goes along way. Do not scrub .. light touch.
 

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I don't know if this qualifies as shoe care or not, but what material upper is best in rain. I had a pair of NSTs made in Horween Hatch grain, but realize now that's a bit of a mistake as I guess the material is aniline and quickly darkens when wet.
 

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I don't know if this qualifies as shoe care or not, but what material upper is best in rain. I had a pair of NSTs made in Horween Hatch grain, but realize now that's a bit of a mistake as I guess the material is aniline and quickly darkens when wet.
Cordovan is naturally water resistant.
 

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A helpfull addition to my shoecare kit, "Premiun Goat Hair Polishing Brush" from A Fine Pair of Shoes.

Great for the last "hand" for your shoes. I used it in my Church's Grafton in cordovan without any moisturer or cream and had a nice surprise.

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Can anyone recommend a good shoe conditioner that won’t darken the leather too much and adds a decent shine?

I’ve used Saphir and I feel like it’s more of a cleaner. I like the product, but it cleans off any burnishing on the shoe. I’m thinking of getting vsc, any thoughts about it? Any suggestions are appreciated.

I currently use Bick4, but no shine. I rather keep it simple, instead of being technical and having several products.

Also, any thoughts about Pure Polish? I see it on Instagram, but only from influencers.
 

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Can anyone recommend a good shoe conditioner that won’t darken the leather too much and adds a decent shine?

I’ve used Saphir and I feel like it’s more of a cleaner. I like the product, but it cleans off any burnishing on the shoe. I’m thinking of getting vsc, any thoughts about it? Any suggestions are appreciated.

I currently use Bick4, but no shine. I rather keep it simple, instead of being technical and having several products.

Also, any thoughts about Pure Polish? I see it on Instagram, but only from influencers.
If you want conditioning with shine, go with saphir cream polish. Conditioners by themselves don't have the waxes that make for a shine.

I find the pommadier a bit too thick, but it's ideal to condition and polish; if you'd rather go lighter, use the Bdc line from saphir.
 

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I have a pair of black, Carlos Santos, wholecuts with a fairly narrow toe. I only wear casual clothes these days. Has anyone any experience of wearing casual or semi-casual trousers - or even jeans, with wholecuts? If, so, what colours?
 

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I have a pair of black, Carlos Santos, wholecuts with a fairly narrow toe. I only wear casual clothes these days. Has anyone any experience of wearing casual or semi-casual trousers - or even jeans, with wholecuts? If, so, what colours?
I think a smart pair of chinos could pair well with a whole cut. Depends on how ocasual we talking about shirt/jacket wise.
 

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I have a pair of black, Carlos Santos, wholecuts with a fairly narrow toe. I only wear casual clothes these days. Has anyone any experience of wearing casual or semi-casual trousers - or even jeans, with wholecuts? If, so, what colours?
I think there are different kind of wholecuts, some more appropriate than others to be worn with casual trousers or jeans. Probably your black Carlos Santos would be too formal, but I think about other models such as the "Miquel" family of wholecuts by Cobbler Union that would be perfect with very casual jeans as they use a more rounded last and a chunky sole, making them somehow informal.

 

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I think there are different kind of wholecuts, some more appropriate than others to be worn with casual trousers or jeans. Probably your black Carlos Santos would be too formal, but I think about other models such as the "Miquel" family of wholecuts by Cobbler Union that would be perfect with very casual jeans as they use a more rounded last and a chunky sole, making them somehow informal.

...A whole cut with giant lug soles?

 

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...A whole cut with giant lug soles?

Why not? In the end, a whole cut is just a plain and simple shoe, without any decoration or complication that can be very formal precisely because of this but can have a different character with a simple change of its sole.

I wonder what would you think about my Romano Martegani oxford shoes, certainly not for formal situations precisely because their "giant lug soles"...

 

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Why not? In the end, a whole cut is just a plain and simple shoe, without any decoration or complication that can be very formal precisely because of this but can have a different character with a simple change of its sole.

I wonder what would you think about my Romano Martegani oxford shoes, certainly not for formal situations precisely because their "giant lug soles"...

I like lug soles on boots just fine, but something about the formality of any oxford - wholecut or not, but especially the whole cut - paired with the omega casual lug sole strikes me as a chimera.

You could maybe get away with it on a country derby, but even then...
 

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