Exotics & Patent Leather
Exotics & Patent Leather
Patent leather shoes are only appropriate for full evening dress. The surface of patent leather is very durable and requires little maintenance other than the occasional clean.
Crocodile and alligator leather are generally very expensive; as such, maintenance is very important. Because both animals are water-dwelling creatures, leathers made from their skins are prone to drying out.
Patent leather is leather that has been coated with a polyurethane and acrylic solution to give it a high-gloss, mirror-like finish. Patent leather shoes are only appropriate for full evening dress. The surface of patent leather is very durable and requires little maintenance other than the occasional clean (it is, of course, advisable to dust them down with a slightly damp cloth before and after use).
- Wipe down your shoes with a slightly damp cloth.
- Apply some Saphir Vernis Rife Patent Leather Cleaner to the polishing cloth and apply generously to both shoes.
- Allow to dry for 30 mins or so (a white film will appear on the surface of the shoes), then buff to a high shine with your polishing cloth.
Exotic leathers are typically crocodile, alligator, lizard, ostrich, and snake. These leathers are often used for shoes and boots, but also for items such as wallets, belts, luggage, etc.
Exotic leathers may have considerable surface variation and preserving their appearance requires delicacy in care. Compared to more common mammalian hides, the various exotic leathers one usually finds are highly treated during and after the tanning process, and the resulting effects can easily be undone through poor maintenance.
- Wipe down both shoes with a slightly damp cloth to remove any dirt that may have accumulated.
- Using your polishing cloth, work a generous amount of Reptan into the shoes, one section at a time (as you would with renovateur). The more you massage the cream in, the better it will penetrate the leather.
- Allow to dry and then buff off with a cloth or horsehair brush.
- It may take several layers of Reptan for you to achieve a desirable shine. If you have applied several layers and still do not have the optimum shine, you can apply a small amount of Saphir wax polish, followed by a drop or two of water (note that this is only recommended for crocodile and alligator skin shoes). Buff once again with either your cloth or a horsehair brush.