Creaking and squeaking. Never experienced it with any Alden's.Is bloom a shell thing, an Alden shell thing, or possibly a cigar shell thing? Never experienced it before but I've wiped and brushed these 3 times. I also noticed a very small amount yesterday on my cigar Shortwings.The noise is annoying because it will likely draw attention to my shoes, which strangely enough, is not something a prefer doing. Bloom is a non-issue. Just never experienced it before.