Shoe care products?

Discussion started by vanNek, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. vanNek

    vanNek Member

    Who can help me?

    I'm looking for some good shoe car products, mostly a good polish for fixing scuff marks. I know waproo make a rejuvenating polish, but is it any good & where can I get online?

    I just bought a huge tub of oak wood leather cream some I'm set there for a bit.
  2. Mong.

    Mong. doesn't care for Euro Palmolive Group Buy Associate 2015 Sabbatical

    Saphir seems to be the most hyped online by the fashion snobs. It's pricey but seems to be the go-to product for mid to high-end shoe retailers. Personally, I've always done okay with the Kiwi stuff from the supermarket. I always assumed that the result was often down to method and time invested. It's only recently that I gave much thought to using cream to condition the leather before polishing though, so maybe my method isn't all that sound.
  3. Question

    Question Member

    The problem with buying saphir is the shipping not sure why, but a small tin costs a ton to ship...probably by sellers overcharging on shipping....
  4. Mark1966

    Mark1966 Shavepocalypse 'Prepper' Site Moderator Grand Society 2016 Sabbatical Fail

    So any suggestions on the Saphir products to get and options to purchase from?
  5. Bucephalus

    Bucephalus Member

    I'm a 25-year Vet and I spit-polished the toe caps of my shoes but NOT with Kiwi Parade Gloss, just plain old Kiwi Shoe Polish. The remainder of the shoes were polished by brush - GENTLY! The easiest way to remove scuff marks from polished shoes is to buff them with a rolled-up pair of the wife's old tights. You don't need fancy expensive creams, etc.
    Tip: Use an old toothbrush to clean and polish the welts. There's nothing worse than a well-polished pair of shoes with a months build-up of crud in the welts.
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  6. Korbz

    Korbz Member

    Local cobbler that's been around since Joseph was a boy gave me the same advice.
  7. todras

    todras est Français pour après-rasage Menth Dealer Artisan Producer

    I use Colonil 1909 for my black Italian business shoes (soft leather), their 1909 Shoe Leather cream is fantastic for care and the 1909 Creme De Luxe for shining, I use the black but they do a range of colours depending on your leather colour and type.
  8. Mark1966

    Mark1966 Shavepocalypse 'Prepper' Site Moderator Grand Society 2016 Sabbatical Fail

    ... or in the broguing!

    ... would probably know - but not be posting on many forums!

    Interesting alternative to Saphir. Comes with some good reports but not as 'famous' as the French option.

    Might investigate further ...

    You can get Saphir here in Australia.

    Good range here -

    Smaller range here -

    Nice overview of offerings here -
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2016
  9. Mark1966

    Mark1966 Shavepocalypse 'Prepper' Site Moderator Grand Society 2016 Sabbatical Fail

    After some poking around last night I placed an order!

    Took the advice of @todras on the Collonil which is certainly well rated and MUCH cheaper than the Saphir.

    Picked up:

    1909 Crème de Luxe -
    1909 Leather Cream -
    Polishing Cloth -
    1909 Tiegelcremebürste -
    Glanzbürste -

    Also noticed in my searching the ULTIMATE shoelace site -

    Now you know.

    Thanks for the advice guys :)
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2016
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  10. todras

    todras est Français pour après-rasage Menth Dealer Artisan Producer

    A man of great taste :)

    I have that collection too. I was going to do the hotlink thing for all of them but was too tired after work. The wooden brushes are excellent, they allow you to get the creams and paste deep into the leather for proper nourishment. I really like the 1909 range, the price point is excellent and it's a quality product recommended to me by my cobbler (Strand Arcade Sydney if anyone was wondering).
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  11. Mark1966

    Mark1966 Shavepocalypse 'Prepper' Site Moderator Grand Society 2016 Sabbatical Fail

    Well finally got around to giving my shoes their New Year back to work clean. Ran out of time a little so only got a chance to do a brush clean -

    Use stiff brush to clean dust etc off shoes
    Wipe down with clean cloth
    Apply creme with Tiegelcremebürste
    Leave for 30 mins
    Polish off with Glanzbürste

    So no chance to do a higher quality polish with clothes.

    Results still very good. The creme is rich and fairly liquid so covers well including those hard to get at places. Brush polish could probably be improved with a cloth but still fairly impressive.

    Next time I will do a couple at a time and take more time.

    So I would recommend the Collonil on the basis of this first use!
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  12. TomG

    TomG Member

    Some very interesting reading on shoe care. I use Neats Foot oil for conditioning, and Angelus wax polish for bringing up the shine. Have a large horse hair brush that helps.
    I've recently purchased some Collonil Ultra Classic cream, on the recommendation of the local Cobbler. However, having read the above, the 1909 Creme de Luxe sounds very interesting.
    When applying my wax, I use a method I picked up in the US watching the shoe-shine guys at work. They heat up the wax by briefly applying a small blowtorch to the wax surface - this melts the wax, and allows you to get a thin even coat of liquefied wax onto the surface of the leather. It comes up like a mirror when you buff.. I don't bother with a torch; just use a simple long-stem butane gas lighter available for a few bucks at any supermarket.
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  13. todras

    todras est Français pour après-rasage Menth Dealer Artisan Producer

    I have been using Collonili on all my hand made Italian shoes for a year or two now, my cobbler in Strand Arcade Sydney (a pair of Italian characters ofc) recommended it highly when I had some shoes in for a service. I have never looked back, it's an ideal product at an excellent price point. I particularly like the restorative shoe cream with the applicator in the lid, it does a wonderful service on older shoes restoring older leather. I reserve the black for the new, soft leather business shoes I go for.
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