3 Reasons Why Your Shoes Need Shoe Cream

On my daily commute to work, I often glance at peoples' shoes as they walk by. Some I admire, most I don't. It's not because I'm a brand snob. Truly, I'm not. It's because most people don't tend to the leather of their shoes. And for the businessman or women, it's an ensemble-killer. Yet, it doesn't have to be this way. A good shoe cream can cure your shoe-blues.

 In this blog, I give 3 reasons why you need shoe cream. 

1. Shoe cream will maintain or even enhance the comfort of your shoes

It's a hard life being a leather shoe in Australia. Our climate tends to range from dry and warm to wet and windy. At the time of writing, it's a clear winter's day in Melbourne; although, it has been quite a wet and wild past few weeks. When moisture, such as rain, absorbs into the leather, it will infact dry the leather out and this, in turn, will cause it to become brittle and begin to crease, or worse case, crack. 

Boot Black Silver Line Series Shoe Cream - Available at Trimly

A quality shoe cream will restore the moisture of the shoe's leather and feed it important nutrients. Done consistently over time (I apply shoe cream once every two weeks), the leather will become soft and supple. The result is that the leather looks healthier and becomes more malleable to your feet. 

 2. Shoe cream will enhance the look of your shoes and leave a lovely mild shine

As mentioned above, the shoe cream will feed the leather important nutrients, which makes it look healthier. A quality shoe cream, such as Boot Black's Silver Line Series, will also contain a variety of waxes and pigments.

The wax in the cream will not be as concentrated as a 'wax polish', (so no high shine) but it will leave a lovely mild shine with a bit of buffing The pigment is designed to rejuvenate the colour of the leather, which tends to fade slightly over time. 

On an aside, seeing how a lick of shoe cream can transform an old pair of leather shoes is a pleasure to watch (even if you're not a complete shoe-nerd like myself). 

3. Shoe cream will provide your leather shoes with a layer of protection 

Shoes get banged, bumped, bruised as apart of everyday living. If you're like me, you'll get trodden on in a tram. Or if you're like my son, you'll be kicking school gravel. The wax in the shoe cream is not just an aesthetic extra, it is an important element that protects the leather upper with a thin layer of wax. Admittedly, shoe cream will probably not help my son's poor shoes, nor will it provide the same protection as a wax polish, but for soft to mild scuffs (or tram rides), it offers a layer of defence and makes buffing them out much easier.  

If you want to know how to apply shoe cream properly, subscribe by clicking the top right corner of your screen. We'll automatically send you a free eBook on how to care for your quality leather shoes. 



Cool vid. Will Trimly be stocking any of the other Boot Black series?

Sep 21, 2018


Hey Trimly, good article. I’d personally like to see you guys do more videos, like ‘how to’. You’re content is solid. I’d like to see more of it. Peace out.

Aug 31, 2018

James from Trimly:

Hey Dan, it is certainly something I can pass on to them. Thanks for the recommendation.

Aug 05, 2018


The bootblack shoe cream you sell is very nice. Can you ask them to make a colour that matches RMs signature yearling tan?

Jul 30, 2018


Here’s a link to an SF forum discussion on solvents in shoe polish:


Unless shoe cream makers have undertaken comparative product tests, making statements that suggest their shoe cream is better for leather is ‘apropos of nothing’.

Jul 23, 2018

James from Trimly:

@Travers: Long time no chat. But great to hear back from you. Some solid advice for our readers (this guy knows shoes). You’re right, not all shoe creams will contain waxes. Saphir contains quite a few, as does Boot Black and a few other reputable shoe care brands.

Something else to point out is around the solvent used in shoe cream. There is a lot of noise around solvent X versus that solvent Y and how one solvent is more damaging to leather than another. This can be true. But there is also lots of uninformed chatter. In my mind, the most important thing is that the right concentration is used (different volumes are required for different solvents) and there has been rigorous testing done. Companies like Saphir and Boot Black have gotten the science right.

@Saphir Freak: Ha ha. Good luck with your pals, man. I totally get where you’re coming from. :)

@Sunny: Thanks again for your continued patronage and support of Trimly. Very much appreciated.

Jul 23, 2018

Travers Alvirez:

James, Travers here. Sorry for disappeared for so long. Anyway, glad to see something like this article coming to light. I’ve had just about way too many arguments with people who excused shoe creams as unnecessary.

Personally, I use cream every time I need to polish my shoes, calfskin or shell cordovan, or even kangaroo. However, that being said, whatever one uses, the cream must have at least some wax content in it for effective protection, besides plenty oils. My take, nonetheless. I used both Saphir and Bootblack for this reason.

Jul 20, 2018

Saphir Freak:

I’ve passed this link on to a few friends. I’ve been trying to get them onto Saphir for about a year now with mixed success. I’ve also heard good things about Boot Black. Maybe you will have more luck.

Jul 19, 2018


Another good blog post, James. Keep it up!

Jul 19, 2018

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