The Shoe Snob Blog

August 31, 2016

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Misconceptions in Footwear – Shining Different Leathers

Saint Crispins
I always get people asking me how you shine this leather or that leather, i.e. cordovan, crocodile (and all exotics) or chromexcel leather etc. The thing is, you shine them exactly as you would calf leather. I find that anyone attempting to tell you that you need some special product for them is just trying to sell you something that is not truly necessary. I have always used the exact same products and got brilliant results on all forms of leather. Polish is made for leather and whether it is horse butt, grease impregnated or some fancy exotic animal, it all takes a high quality wax/cream polish all of the same. Sure some might react different only in the sense that some leathers absorb (and thus stain easier) but that has nothing to do with needing a special product. That is just the way the leather is. So next time you are wondering what to do with your new shoes of a leather you never had before, just wax it up and don’t think too much about it!

Shoes by Saint Crispins, bottom courtesy of Skoaktiebolaget

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Saint Crispins


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