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  • Albert
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    I should add that cremes alone will not protect your shoes from the elements as wax will. However, waxes need to be stripped off every so often to allow for conditioning of the leather that wouldn't be possible with wax on it. Therein lies the double edged sword.


    Also, there is a difference between waxes and cremes on the market. Saphir is head and shoulders above every other wax I've ever used on my shoes. You can tell the difference when you use it.

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  • Albert
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    I have walnut Strand and I use Lexol conditioner and Meltonian London Tan creme polish. The London Tan matches perfectly and is great if you want a natural shine. If you want to put a glacage on them I recommend getting Saphir Pate de Luxe wax polish in their Tan color. If you don't know how to put a glacage on your leather shoes watch this video.


    http://vimeo.com/7877812

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  • Chareth
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    Just a note about color matching to an AE polish. Keep in mind that even across AE shoes colors are not always the same. For example, a Walnut is not always the same color across styles; the Walnut Kenilworth is much brighter than a Walnut Strand or McAllister.


    If you like the exact color of the shoe as it is, you should consider a neutral polish instead of AE's Walnut, because the neutral will not darken your shoes. But you need to have a light touch with it because any extra polish will be noticeable in the brogueing and creases.

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  • mystix
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    I would also get a shoe tree. This will be the number one thing for making your shoes last for years. It will also shape the toe back into form after each wear to reduce creasing.

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  • Acousticfoodie
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hTpUYAE9Go


    I would go two coats of the premium polish for first polish

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  • Tat
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    Yes, I mean those products specifically, and of course what Nicholas has pointed out with the correct color to match the shoe.


    I have several AE's along with a pair of Imperial Cordovan longwings in which I use AE products on. I am fully satisfied with the results I've gotten with the shoe care thus far.


    Now as you will find, everyone has their own preference as to which shoe care products they adore most, but overall the decision is up to yourself.

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  • nicholascrawford
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    What color are the Strands? You want to get the polish that matches that color and/or neutral polish.

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  • huynhct
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    @Tat, Thanks for the advice! I'm assuming you mean these two?


    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline...40000000001_-1

    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline...40000000001_-1

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  • Tat
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    get the AE conditioner to put on first, then get the polish in the chestnut finish and polish them first. That will ensure proper care to its first use.

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  • huynhct
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    new shoe care



    I just purchased my first pair of nice shoes (AE Strands). Is there anything I need to do, prior to wearing them, to help make them last? Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!


    -C

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