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    alternative to AE cleaner and conditioner?

    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)?

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    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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    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.

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

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    Bick4 x2

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

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    Bick 4.

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    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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