Good shoe care: All good quality leather shoes do require a little tlc to maintain their looks, suppleness and longevity. Perhaps the most important thing that you should adhere to is to give your shoes a good polish from time to time.
There are a number of brands of both creams and polishes on the market and you can spend anything from £1 to £10 for a small tin or tube. Two of the best known brands readily available in the UK: Kiwi polish and Cherry Blossom polish in small 50mm tins tend to retail at around £1.50. The top of the range is perhaps Saphir at £8+ per 100ml tin/jar. They do vary in quality and the old adage that you pay for what you get certainly applies to leather polishes and creams. It is generally accepted that amongst other ingredients the beeswax content plays a major role in maintaining the integrity of the leather fibres. However it is far better to feed your leather shoes with a lesser quality polish frequently than to use a better quality version infrequently. Leather does dry out if left unattended to and when this happens the fibres begin to fail and that’s when cracking and splitting can occur.