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Waproo shoe polish

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by paul44, Feb 20, 2005.

  1. paul44

    paul44 Member

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    Perhaps this is an odd question, but I came across information for Waproo shoe products, from Australia.  As many of us know, the method of matching wax polish to leather color can be quite the chemistry experiment, but I noticed that this Australian company makes polishes and matching creams in a wide variety of colors.  They also seem to make polish stripper and some aniline-leather-care goods I might enjoy.

    Just wondering if anyone ever has heard of or has used Waproo, or if they're available here in the U.S.  Probably a wild goose chase, unnecessary, but just curious.

    The polishes appear to be made in Spain.  And some may have a tiny amount of silicone oil in them; so, wondering how that works on the leather.


  2. timekeeping

    timekeeping Well-Known Member

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    Jul 17, 2003
    Waproo is considered to be the higher end shoe polish in the mass market.  You can only get them from cobblers and department stores, not supermarkets.

    My local cobbler told me that Waproo is a silicone based product that is on par with Kiwi.  Long term use will ruin your shoes because silicone is a sealant and will suffocate your shoes.

    However, that being said, the number of shades Waproo offers is quite amazing and I have been trying my luck on re-finishing an old, beaten up pair of brown monk strap (Church's Westbury) a la Beluti.  I mixed teracotta red with blue and black but somehow never got the desired effect.  Damn the corrected grain leather (even in the pre-Prada days.).

    For my good shoes, I prefer the Woodlore carnauba wax polish.  Or for the really good shoes, C&J polish.

    As to US availability, I don't know.

    Hope you find the info useful.

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