Cool; thanks! These are even 'worse' than 'normal' calf AEs would be because they're corrected grain.
Patriots are TTS for me (9.5D in both them and 5-last shoes) for a snug fit with socks on. I have to be sure to use a shoe horn to slide my foot in gently on these so as to not wreck the heel counter. I agree about getting a pair of loafers in snuff suede! I think your Burgundy will do just fine for any situation when you want to wear black. A snuff suede loafer is high on my list - probably something from the RL Singleton.
Why am I having this issue with my new Daltons? This is the second pair to do this. One polish, 2 coats, after initial conditioning. They're cracking around the medallions. Wore them one time. Old dried out leather upon purchase? My polishing skills suck? Any suggestions? I compared it to my new strands, because I conditioned and polished them together.
This was how they looked at the start (2nd pair)
This is after conditioning and polishing... AE products only.
The strand after polishing the same morning...no sweat.
...and first pair. Retched. 3 wears, one condition and polish. Right toe...
...and left. Not nearly as bad.
Is this what's to come for my 2nd pair?