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    I've used up the last of my AE leather cleaner and conditioner, and it looks like they don't make it anymore. Can someone recommend a cream cleaner/conditioner that I should try (for calf, not cordovan)?

  • #2
    Saphir Renovateur. It has a wax in it, so you can brush it out to look smooth when done conditioning.

    The Saphir mink oil is also good on calfskin.

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    • #3
      Renovateur is definitely top of the list, but if your budget is looking for something cheaper bick 4 and VSC have both been excellent for me.
      https://www.professorhorseyhead.com

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      • #4
        I use VSC for my nicer boots, or just regular ol' Lexol from Walmart.

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        • #5
          Bick4 x2

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          • #6
            I just realized we're all listing a bunch of conditioners but if you have actual cleaning to do, a quality saddle soap will work great. I personally use the AE-branded stuff, but it's from back when it was in a 3-ounce can. Now that they've HALVED the size of the tin (and kept the price the same--seriously you can barely get a standard dauber completely in the tin it's so small) i'd say go with a different brand. Bick makes one that's really highly regarded, and their own literature for it shows what i'm 99.9% sure is an Allen Edmonds Dalton being lathered up. (and you can get over 4x the amount of AE's 1.5-oz tin--a 6.5-oz tin--for 9.99 on the ol' amazoomer)

            https://www.amazon.com/Bickmore-Sadd...dp/B01NBEGPNF/
            https://www.professorhorseyhead.com

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            • #7
              For heavy cleaning, this saddle soap works well:

              https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
              WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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              • #8
                I use Fiebing’s Saddle Soap to remove stubborn stains on my leather shoes.

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                • #9
                  Bick 4.

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                  • #10
                    I'm pretty sure they just changed the leather conditioner to a different name. When I went in to my AE store about a month ago to pick up a new bottle and couldn't find it, one of the employees said that this is the same thing:
                    https://www.allenedmonds.com/shoe-ca...015024#start=1

                    All of that said, I have a little bit left in my old bottle so I haven't gotten a chance to try the new stuff to confirm if it is the same.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Ito View Post
                      I'm pretty sure they just changed the leather conditioner to a different name. When I went in to my AE store about a month ago to pick up a new bottle and couldn't find it, one of the employees said that this is the same thing:
                      https://www.allenedmonds.com/shoe-ca...015024#start=1

                      All of that said, I have a little bit left in my old bottle so I haven't gotten a chance to try the new stuff to confirm if it is the same.
                      for use after polishing?

                      that doesn't seem like a cream or conditioner to me. in fact it's for "two steps" after using cream polish, which is just conditioner with pigments and a bit of wax to give a little shine.

                      i would just stick with saddle soap and bick 4. you also get a LOAD more for your money....100ml give or take? yeesh. That'll last like....5 shines lol
                      https://www.professorhorseyhead.com

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