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Hello gentlemen.

I've just started my journey recently into the art of dressing like a grown up, and I have to say this forum is a God send.

My question is, I've just purchased my first pair of shoes (Loake Aldwych) with a second pair in transit (Barker Lancaster), what products are the essentials that I need?

I understand Saphir is up there with the best, but after searching through the online catalogue, there is so many its confusing!

A little help in the right direction would be much appreciated =)
 

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There are really only three essentials: a neutral shoe cream, something to apply it with and a shoe brush (some like to use a brush to apply the cream as well, but I personally don't). At least those are the only things I use 99+% of the time. In addition it's useful to have a cream in matching colour, in the event of accidents leading to larger scuffs. I have those too, but I'm pretty sure I haven't used any of them since sometime in 2016.

To apply the cream I use old t-shirts (or cheap new ones, after a round in the washing machine) which I cut into suitably sized pieces, but obviously any soft and at least somewhat absorbent material will do just fine.

As far as the brush is concerned any decent horse hair brush will do just fine. If you know of a local cobbler I would just get them there, or buy something sensibly priced on-line. If the pairs are different colours I would obviously get a brush for each. There's really no need to spend a lot of money as you'll be very hard pressed indeed to notice any difference in performance unless you cheap out too badly. The only question is really whether you prefer your brushes large or small, soft or hard. That's something only experience can answer though.

To sum up: Saphir Medaille d'Or Pommadier in neutral and suitable colours, one or more decent shoe brushes (suggestions: Saphir medium brush, Saphir oval brush, Dasco brush. The very cheap Dasco performs just as well as the Saphirs and is my brush of choice), an old t-shirt and you're good to go.
 

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Start simple and build from there...Venetian Cream, old 100% cotton T-shirts torn into strips and horsehair brushes. Each time you buy a new pair of shoes add a tin of the toned shoe cream/polish that matches the hue of your new shoes! Meticulous shoe care/maintenance can prove very Zen! ;)
 

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Thank you for your replies gentlemen!
Start simple and build from there...Venetian Cream, old 100% cotton T-shirts torn into strips and horsehair brushes. Each time you buy a new pair of shoes add a tin of the toned shoe cream/polish that matches the hue of your new shoes! Meticulous shoe care/maintenance can prove very Zen! ;)
Yes Ive been told it can be even therapeutic polishing ones own shoes.

So Ive just taken ownership of my Barker shoes from Herring and they look superb.
They were also kind enough to throw in a jar of there shoe cream. However after applying this to one shoe and giving it a good buff, it actually became more dull then it originally was. Is this normal? So Ive only polished one shoe and when holding it next to the other shoe, it appears slighlty less shiney =\
 

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Perfectly normal. Ordinary shoe cream isn't for creating parade gloss, for that you need a wax or a more specialised cream. A cream will generally give you a semi-gloss or "satin" finish and will indeed make new shoes look less shiny. Personally I find that a good thing, as I detest parade gloss on shoes unless they're actually to be used on a parade ground.
 

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I dont know your retailer base in AUS...

I would start with Saphir Renovatuer before I wear the shoe for conditioning and light waxing.

For regular care, Saphir Renovatuer every few months as needed and maintain every few weeks with a creme polish. I prefer pigmented saphir polishes as it smoothes out scuffs and discoloration.

If you want a mirror shine youll need a paste wax but I dont mirror very often. I still use saphir for mirrors.
 

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If you are looking for a mirror shine on those new shoes, get yourself a tin of Kiwi shoe polish in the proper color. Apply it to your shoes sparingly with a couple of cotton balls (dipped in warm water and then the polish) and using a seemingly endless series of tight circles. As the polish is applied, keep going over the area with the wet cotton balls until a shine comes up. Several thin coats of polish may be required on your inaugural effort at so shining a pair of shoes. Trust me on this...31 years in uniform provided me with lots of opportunities to work on my technique! LOL. ;)
 

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I personally have the Saphir Médaille d'Or Pommadier in several colors and the Allen Edmonds premium shoe polish cream (I forget who makes it for Allen Edmonds, maybe Collonil??) in the same colors. I prefer the Allen Edmonds cream. I use it even in my EG’s and prefer the results.
 
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