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Which color polish with oxblood leather?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Montesquieu, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. Montesquieu

    Montesquieu Senior member

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    I just received a pair of Vass shoes in oxblood and am wondering which color of cream and wax to use on them. I use Saphir products on my other shoes but don't know if they have anything close to oxblood.

    If I stay with Saphir, should I use dark brown cream and wax? Or would anyone recommend something in a different color and/or brand?
     
  2. Golf_Nerd

    Golf_Nerd Senior member

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    I just received a pair of Vass shoes in oxblood and am wondering which color of cream and wax to use on them. I use Saphir products on my other shoes but don't know if they have anything close to oxblood.

    If I stay with Saphir, should I use dark brown cream and wax? Or would anyone recommend something in a different color and/or brand?


    Saphir is probably the best.

    IMO red or brown will work. Saphir will provide many other colours:

    http://www.valmour.fr/produits-entre...adier-saphir,3
     
  3. nmprisons

    nmprisons Senior member

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    I have the same question and so just bumped this old thread instead of starting a new one. Does anyone who has owned a pair of Vass oxblood for a while have any opinion here?
     
  4. Ianiceman

    Ianiceman Senior member

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    Don't own Vass but kiwi does oxblood polish.
     
  5. nmprisons

    nmprisons Senior member

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    Thanks. I prefer the saphir stuff, but i will check it out.
     
  6. phxlawstudent

    phxlawstudent Senior member

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    Well, oxblood is just a synonym for merlot and burgundy. Its just a reddish brown.

    Allen Edmonds and Meltonian supply the color.
     
  7. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I like my oxblood dark and alternate one coat of Saphir black and two coats of mahogani.
     
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    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    well i might be a little more creative than most and mixed equal parts of cream DB, black and bordo together, then i just alternate between black and dark brown wax's when is comes to mirror shining
     
  9. Champagnelifestylenomoney

    Champagnelifestylenomoney Senior member

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    I like my oxblood dark and alternate one coat of Saphir black and two coats of mahogani.


    Similarly, Kiwi Oxblood and then Kiwi Black every 3rd/4th polish. I polish cordovan infrequently compared to my calf shoes.
     
  10. Cant kill da Rooster

    Cant kill da Rooster Senior member

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    Well, oxblood is just a synonym for merlot and burgundy. Its just a reddish brown.

    Allen Edmonds and Meltonian supply the color.


    I use AE Merlot cream.
     
  11. oldog/oldtrix

    oldog/oldtrix Senior member

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    I like my oxblood dark and alternate one coat of Saphir black and two coats of mahogani.

    Similarly, Kiwi Oxblood and then Kiwi Black every 3rd/4th polish. I polish cordovan infrequently compared to my calf shoes.

    This was the sort of recipe we used to polish our Weejuns in the 1950s and '60s when they were made in Maine and made of real leather. Over time the shoes took on a lovely patina from the black polish. And, of course, we wore them when we walked ten miles to school and back, in the snow, up hill both ways. No socks, naturally.
     
  12. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    ... (duplicate)
     
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  13. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Apologies for the necro-post, but it's related to another thread I started recently. I did try the Saphir Burg/Bordeaux cream and wax on my Vass loafers, and while it is very nice it didn't produce that "wait-- you mean those aren't black?" reaction that the original ox-blood shoes do. So as a follow-on I used a dark brown wax layer and then black. Perhaps not perfect yet, but it looks better.

    Other solutions would include mixing my own blend of Bordeaux/dark brown/black in either the cream or the wax, so I don't have to keep alternating. Somewhere I do still have a can of Kiwi oxblood, so by smearing the various experimental results on white paper to compare I should get something pretty close.

    Will's idea of black and mahogani is also intriguing. The latter is a pretty light color but the addition of black could tone it down where it needs to be, with the right mix of red and brown peeking through the gloom.
     
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  14. poorsod

    poorsod Senior member

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    I use navy polish from Saphir and alternate with chili or mahogany.
     
  15. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Wow. How did you think up that one?
     
  16. poorsod

    poorsod Senior member

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    Steven Taffel from Leffot told me about using navy with oxblood.
     
  17. UnnamedPlayer

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    Polish with real ox's blood.
     
  18. gyasih

    gyasih Senior member

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    I've done Navy too, it starts to give the shoes depth.
     
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    marburymadison Well-Known Member

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    Does it change the colour or anything?
     
  20. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    Wow - some exotic colour combinations in play here. I take what would appear to be the road les travelled in using oxblood polish on my oxblood Vass shoes.

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