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    Black shoe polish on Cordovan shoes?

    Hey guys I was reading a recent article on GQ.com about shoe shines. The writer mentioned that every 4th or 5th shine he would use black shoe polish on his cordovan shoes to make them more of an eggplant. He raved about how great they would look. Anybody have experience doing this?? Also I am new to self shining my shoes and could use a few tips. After applying the polish do you brush immediately?? And when do you add the touch of water or a good ole spit shine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Historyteach24 View Post
    Hey guys I was reading a recent article on GQ.com about shoe shines. The writer mentioned that every 4th or 5th shine he would use black shoe polish on his cordovan shoes to make them more of an eggplant. He raved about how great they would look. Anybody have experience doing this?? Also I am new to self shining my shoes and could use a few tips. After applying the polish do you brush immediately?? And when do you add the touch of water or a good ole spit shine?
    just be sure they are NOT shell cordovan, but calf's leather. Will make a nice patina... but "make an eggplant color"? Probably wouldn't want that anyway.

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    Eggplant not so much just quoting what they writer said
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    Ok I just checked and it says my shoes are a "leather upper" would that be ok to use the black on??
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    I have my concern over wax being thicker in the seams. Wax buildup in the seams is part of the patina but I don't think it should be black.

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    I usually use just cordovan wax just found the article interesting and didn't want to ruin a good pair of shoes
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    It will darken the shoes. If you use black all the time eventually the shoes will be nearly black.

    I like to wipe off dust with a damp rag, rub the polish on, let them dry for 10 minutes then wipe with a dry rag, finally polish with a shoe brush.

    If you don't let the polish dry it will be greasy and smeary. You need to rub on a good coat and let it dry.

    I'm sure there are more elaborate ways to do it, like the spit shine with water. This will give you a high shine but takes longer.

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    Unless you have some slight or moderate scuffs, I would not use any color polish on them aside from a neutral paste wax. Just my opinion. If you want to shine the living daylight out of them, get one fat cotton ball, run it under the water to get it wet, squeeze all the water out, and use that to do the last shine on the leather....but make sure you have already put some wax on the shoes and let it dry first, then with the cotton, just go in a very small tight circular motion until you see that mirror look pop up, then go to the next area and do the same there.

    I did what you are asking about the black polish on a pair of cordovan color dress shoes, I was not happy at all with the outcome. They where not shell cordovan, either. It made the color appear very streaky, sloppy and just not what I thought it would at all. I had to use some real hot water and saddle soap and a wash clothe to get off the black and then dry them to go back to using the right color on them. Then I finished the shine with neutral and the cotton ball. You can touch the wet cotton ball into the wax to put some on it also...but not much is needed and do not have the cotton ball dripping wet, squeeze it out first.

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    I tried it tonight and hated it. I had to really work to make them look presentable. These are older shoes so there wee scuffs but the color started to look streaky. For a moment I was worried I ruined the shoes but now they just look a little darker but I will never do that again
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    I was thinking you may not like the way they would look. Streaky!

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