At the time we initially published this guide, Saphir and Meltonian were the two major brands of cream polish. Between them, Saphir Médaille d’Or Pommadier Cream Polish is considered the higher-end product, but after testing, we preferred Meltonian Boot & Shoe Cream Polish Meltonian Boot & Shoe Cream Polish for home users. However, the owner of Meltonian, the SC Johnson company, discontinued the brand; we’re now recommending the Saphir cream polish as we test other options. The Saphir polish is richer and more nourishing, but the Meltonian polish was easier to work into the shoe and thus delivered the same result with less effort. Stanley Mayes noted that when he tested the Meltonian product on a customer’s shoes, it provided a more-than-adequate level of nourishment to the shoe leather, although it was not as nourishing as the Saphir polish. Moreover, because the Meltonian polish easily worked into the leather and did not leave residue behind, it provided superior aesthetic qualities in comparison to the Saphir polish, restoring the color of the shoe leather and creating a matte shine (the type of shine that you can expect a cream polish to provide).

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