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Leather Softener RecommendationUpdated a month ago

New leather shoes often come with a level of stiffness that can be uncomfortable. Softening the leather not only enhances comfort but also extends the longevity of your shoes. For this purpose, we recommend the Saphir Dubbin Graisse Conditioner available at Kirby Allison.

Why Use Saphir Dubbin?

The Saphir Dubbin Graisse Conditioner is a premium product designed to nourish, soften, and protect leather. Its unique formulation provides deep conditioning, making it an excellent choice for softening stiff leather on new shoes. However, it is important to note that this product is primarily a conditioner. While it will soften the leather somewhat, it should not be treated as a product that will perfectly soften or instantly break in new leather shoes. Only time and wear can achieve that.

How to Apply Saphir Dubbin 

  1. Clean the Shoes: Before applying the conditioner, ensure your shoes are clean and free from dust and dirt. Use a soft brush or a damp cloth to wipe them down.
  2. Apply the Conditioner: Using a clean cloth, apply a small amount of Saphir Dubbin to the leather. Rub it in gently, ensuring an even distribution across the surface.
  3. Allow Absorption: Let the conditioner absorb into the leather. This process may take several days to at least a week, depending on the leather's condition and thickness.
  4. Buff the Leather: After the conditioner has been fully absorbed, buff the leather with a soft cloth to restore its shine and smoothness.

Important Considerations

  • Temporary Darkening: The application of Saphir Dubbin Graisse will temporarily darken the leather. This is a normal reaction. As the conditioner absorbs and dries, the leather will lighten back up to its original color.
  • Absorption Time: Patience is key. Allowing sufficient time for the conditioner to absorb is crucial for achieving the desired softening effect. Do not rush this process.
  • Conditioning, Not Perfect Softening: Remember that Saphir Dubbin Graisse is primarily a conditioner. It will help to soften the leather somewhat, but it is not a miracle product for breaking in new shoes instantly. The natural break-in process will still take time and regular wear.


Using Saphir Dubbin Graisse Conditioner is an effective way to soften stiff leather on new shoes, making them more comfortable to wear. Remember, the process takes time, but the results are worth the wait. Your shoes will not only be softer but also better protected and nourished.

For any further assistance, feel free to contact our support team. We are here to help you take the best care of your fine leather products.

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Q: Will the conditioner permanently darken my shoes? A: No, the darkening is temporary. As the conditioner absorbs and dries, the leather will lighten back up.

Q: Can I use the conditioner on other leather items? A: Yes, Saphir Dubbin Graisse is suitable for various leather goods, including bags, jackets, and belts.

Q: How often should I apply the conditioner? A: For new shoes, a single application may suffice. For ongoing maintenance, apply as needed based on the leather's condition and exposure to elements.

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