Have been lightening my burgundy cordovan Leeds for about a week with sun exposure. So far so good, you can see in the pic where the lace part has been covering part of the vamp along with the tongue.
I plan to keep them hydrated with VSC during this process and after it gets to where I like I am going to test out the Angelus Acrylic Finisher that MTC2000 used to give the shoe an Alden type finish. I am just really curious about that product lol. Some more info on that here: http://www.styleforum.net/t/85589/the-official-alden-thread/76860#post_7021083
It's a bit of a process but I figure why not give it a shot. Will keep you guys posted when things start to change some more.