If you’re on this page, chances are that you’re wondering which products and colours we recommend to look after your shoes. Below, you will find a comprehensive list of our current leathers with the recommended products.
Please use this as a guide, but feel free to use some creative licence within reason. For instance, if you’d like to switch to a darker brown creme to enrich the colour, or a neutral polish to antique the leather, don’t let us stop you – just exercise caution and be sure to test the product on a small part of the shoe first.
Unless noted, all products can be applied on the uppers with a soft cloth or a brush in small amounts and buffed off with a polishing brush before applying the next product. Where polish is listed, we also recommend using one of our applicator brushes to apply a small amount onto the welt of the shoes to aid water protection.
A comprehensive guide to polishing your shoes can be found here.
The products are listed in the correct order of use but it’s not necessary to use all products every time you clean your shoes; a quick application of creme or polish will be satisfactory if you’re pressed for time.
Specialist Calf Leathers
Burgundy chromexcel: neutral Cuir Gras
English tan chromexcel: neutral Cuir Gras
Whisky/black/mole kudu: Renovator creme only
For all suede, I would use the same aftercare: Omni Nettoyant suede shampoo, neutral Renovator aerosol, and a suede brush.
Post written by Covent Garden Store Manager Alex Pardey