Because of its very high concentration of nutritious components and waxes, shining once per week after wearing them few times is enough. Everyday if there is a mirror shine on the shoes, you can buff them with a pig hair brush or with a shining cloth. Just in case you has been through an extremely bad weather, water, snow, you should let them dry peacefully with a wooden shoetree away from any height and then you should shine them. (We advice to not wear your shoes everyday, in order to leave the leather time to dry and rest that way you would be able to extend their life time).
After buying nice shoes, you want them to keep their original shape to look as nice as the first day you bought them. By using wooden shoetrees, you will be able to do so.
The leather is flexible if you don’t use a shoetree, your shoes will naturally bent and wrinkle especially at the front part. The shoetree should put just right after you take off your shoes in order for them to get back to their original shape when the leather is still warm and humid.
You have different material and shape for shoetrees. The best one in most of the case would be the one recommended by your shoemaker because the shape usually perfectly match the shape of the shoes. You can easily by yourself find the proper shoetree for your shoes by putting the shoetree in your shoes and touching them, the wood should completely fill the shoe and you should have any empty space when you touch it. Always go for the full last shoetree and use only wooden shoetree for the shoe to be able to dry properly.
Some people don’t like to have shiny shoes, however the leather still needs to be nourished in order to prevent from cracking. Using a conditioning product will help to clean, condition and protect your shoes.
When taking care of a shoe that is made from a combination of suede and smooth leather, it is best to begin with the suede. You can follow our suede care routine and don’t have to worry so much about the smooth leather. Once the suede is taken care of we proceed with the smooth leather. Here it is important that no products should touch the suede at any time, so wether it is cleaning, conditioning or polishing products, these have to be kept away from the suede ares. In order to make that easier we recommend to use a cloth and carefully apply conditioners, creams and polish with your finger in the areas that are next to the suede. To take care of the smooth leather you can follow our smooth leather care routine.
The Reno’Mat from our Beauté du Cuir Line has great cleaning qualities that can deal with even the most resilient stains. Sometimes, especially for regular cleaning, this can be too strong though and for that our product range offers great alternatives for a more gentle cleaning.
The Plant Based Cleaner for example is a product made entirely from plant based ingredients with great cleaning qualities that will clean your shoes and leather items in a more gentle way than the Reno’Mat.
If you are looking for something really gentle that is perfect for regular cleaning we recommend our Médaille d’Or Cleanser. This products carefully removes old wax and prepares the leather for our conditioning products but in such a gentle way that it can be used even weekly if you wish.
Over time it is normal that the wax dries and cracks because the solvents evaporate. This does not impact the effectiveness of the product, quite the opposite, because of the reduction of solvents the concentration of hard waxes is increased and a high shine can be achieved more easily. Nevertheless if you want to bring the wax back to its original state you can simply give it a few sprays with our Wax Softener. Read everything about the Wax softener here .
The difference between these two products is that the Médaille d’Or Lotion is a product for conditioning smooth leathers with only little cleaning properties. It is capable of removing slight dirt on the surface but its main purpose is to nourish and polish the leather.
The Saphir Cleaning Lotion on the other hand is especially for cleaning the leather and removing stains or soiling but doing that in a gentle way. The Cleaning Lotion has only very little nourishing and polishing properties therefore.
Basically these two products are developed for the same purpose which is to achieve a really high shine on your shoes as easy as possible. These two polishes don’t contain cleaning or nourishing ingredients but are merely designed to give your shoes a nice mirror shine as fast as possible. In order to achieve that they contain special hard waxes that create the shine. The difference between the Amiral Gloss and the Mirror Gloss lies in their formulation.
The Amiral Gloss is part of our Beauté du Cuir range and is a great product for high shines, the Mirror Gloss is part of our premium Médaille d’Or Range and has a special formula developed together with professional shoe shiners, and an even higher concentration of hard waxes.
Generally speaking yes, but to take care of such a unique leather like Cordovan we highly recommend to use our Cordovan Cream which has been developed especially for that. While the Renovateur contains lanolin and mink oil, the Cordovan Cream contains neats-foot oil. This is important since Cordovan leather gets treated with neats-foot oil at the tannery to achieve the desired high oil content which gives the leather its waterproof qualities.
To maintain the oil content in the leather it is best to use the same kind of oil as used by the tannery and the Cordovan Cream has a formula that is developed to maintain the high oil content that Cordovan requires. The Renovateur Cream is developed for smooth leathers in general which require a lower amount of oil. Therefore it is best to use the Cordovan Cream for all Cordovan leathers.
Yes, all conditioning Products like the Renovateur or our Lotions should be applied before the 1925 Pommadier Cream. This is because after you’ve cleaned the leathers the pores of the skin are free and ready to absorb all the nourishing ingredients of the Renovateur. If you’d apply the 1925 Cream before, the contained waxes which protect the leather will already make it harder to absorb all the ingredients of the Renovateur. Therefore, always follow this routine: clean, condition and then polish.
We generally advise you to remove old waxes and polish before conditioning the leather so the skin can really absorb all the oils. It is enough though to do this once a month. If you prefer a Mirror Shine on your shoes, you can leave the wax buildup on the toe area so it will be easier to bring this part of the shoe back to high shine.
The vamp of the shoe, the area that flexes, should be cleaned properly though because it is important that leather stays hydrated here so it won’t crack over time.
Care for other leather products
For sheepskin we recommend the Médaille d’Or Lotion. Since every skin is different we recommend to test it in a less visible area first, before applying it all over.