You know, I wouldn't doubt that Hermes originally got together with Avel to make this stuff, however I think it was later tweeked and reformulated for the use of shoes. I mean right on the bottle for reno on the instructions if shows a hand applying it to a purse. So this makes sense. I will snap a picture later if I have the time. While Hermes does use it, I doubt that their intentions were to make a "slippery" product. I wouldn't say it is slippery at all once dried and buffed.