Bad print = delayed hike/moar QE = market up. It's been the trend ever since 2009. Thus the name, pain trade. Buying is a huge pain because fundamentals not there, not buying gives you the pain of missing out. Just BTFD!
Don't know how you drive but usually only heel top lift is touching the ground, not the heel counters.
To fix coloring, use one of those suede color/conditioning sprays. Or use a brass brush try to raise the nap.