**The Official Shoe Care Thread: Tutorials, Photos, etc.**

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr. Moo, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. Numbernine

    Numbernine Senior member

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    I would very much like to hear a line of reasoning that calls for c/c then saddle soap. I doubt that doing this once a year would cause any harm to a heavy waxy leather but then again why??? If had McTavs. I would wipe w/ damp towel then brush /buff then occasionally rub in a little lexol cond
     
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    I just don't like the idea of mixing water with anything to create a lather for leather. Seems counter productive.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    For something waxy why not just use a rag and some obaneuf's leather oil? Conditioners themselves can be good for loosening dirt and such on leather. Also, Lexol Neatsfoot would be a good option.
     
  4. MoneyWellSpent

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    There seems to be around 3 groups of people when it comes to Saddle Soap:

    1. Those who are scared to death of it, and fear that it will disintegrate their shoes.
    2. Those who recognize it's value for some applications and leathers, but believe it to be generally overkill and unnecessary for dress shoes (or that there are simply more purpose-built products).
    3. Those who embrace it and use it regularly.

    I tend to fall into the second group myself. I do find it interesting that one of the more respected shoe experts out there (Justin Fitzpatrick of The Shoe Snob), used it regularly before developing his own line of shoe products just as glenjay has done.

    See his two posts here: http://www.theshoesnobblog.com/search?q=Saddle+Soap
     
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    I would have to agree with the consensus here that there would be no reason to use both saddle soap and an additional cleaner/conditioner.

    In regard to saddle soap being quicker and cheaper, I would say the a tin of saddle soap costs less than most cleaner/conditioner products. Quicker is probably more relevant to whatever cleaning process you are used to. That being said, saddle soap will not destroy your shoes, but there are better solutions for cleaning your shoes. I would also concur that shoes should not need to be cleaned with a cleaner very often (exposure to public floor level urinals excluded).

    As far as polish: You could use a neutral polish if you like. A colored polish may tint the contrast stitching, but it would not hide it, so that is still an option.
     
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    Forgive me for asking, but after searching previous posts for what I thought you had mentioned cleaning a leather briefcase with Lexol, which came out very nice - I have one I'd like to clean up too. Do you have any photos or tips?

    David
     
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    What do you use to wash suede?

    Saint Crispin recommends Saddle Soap as well. But then at the same time they also recommended Kiwi polishes and Saphir m'dor creams.
     
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    I've never owned suede shoes.
     
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    I too was very confused about the whole water thing. So I asked Allen Edmonds on their site how to use their Saddle Soap. Here's their answer: Thank you for your interest in Allen Edmonds.

    Our Saddle Soap is a paste or wax-like substance, similar in comparison to our Carnauba Wax. This can be applied and wiped off on its own, no water necessary, using a cloth or dauber.
     
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    do you like meltonian?
     
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    Once(when i was 18) for cleaning my suede shoes I used TIDE ( is for washing cloths by hand) with pretty amazing results ! After leaving them dry and brushed them they looked like new! But I don't think I ll do it again hahahha ! Most o the time I use the specific rubber and the brush! When I go for deep cleaning I use omni from saphir
     
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    Not really, but the guy's options are small.
     
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    That sounds strange...
     

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