Shell Cordovan is an amazing material. It responds very differently to products than standard calfskin leather. In fact, we often just recommend a damp wipe-down, brushing, and someNeutral Cream Polish, to keep your shell in good shape, most of the time. This allows it to develop a natural patina or fade, and still stay protected.
However, every once in a while, we want to mirror shine our shoes, or add some additional protection. Today was one of those times.
Polishing grain leather is not an easy thing. Caringfor the leather care be quite straight forward – keep it conditioned withConditioner, protected withCream, and add some scuff protection on the toes and heels withPaste/Wax Polish. But, getting that magic mirrorshineor even a nice quality high shine, can sometimes be elusive.
Grain leather has more texture, it's grainy (by definition), and rubbing stiff waxes across grain can be challenging.
8 minute how-to video going in-depth on routine shoe shine and care for black men's dress shoes, using Pure Polish Black Cream Polish on some vintage Crockett & Jones two-eyelet derbies. Descriptions of why you do each step, what to look for, and what to avoid.