A lot of gunk came off my brown Strands when I first received them. They had so much factory polish on them that the leather had taken an almost marbleized look, and I ruined a microfiber cloth removing it as best I could.
then again, gloss may not be the best thing since slice bread though as I notice shine to be an unneccessary distraction, especially in formal conversations/ meetings / or what not - so gloss, in my opinion, is really a preference rather than a quality attribute.
on another note, rocking the shell dundees today and can hardly wait for the shell townleys in the mto program to arrive!
I am thankful that there is no local retailer here that sells Alden, because given my newfound affinity for shoes, especially shell shoes, that temptation is the last thing I need. Also, in line with what you said, I do wear my pair of Cambridge with suits since they work well with my charcoal and navy wardrobe, and I know I'd be self-conscious if they were too shiny. Very, very valid point.
I have yet to wear my Strands with a suit, but the calf (black) Park Aves and Cambridge sees good use in this regard.
Very good to see you here, J! This thread, along with the watch thread per the usual, is where I spend most of my time online. I mostly lurk, but do try to contribute where I can. Looking forward to those pics!
Here are my brown shell strands. 1st pix is when I first got them. 2nd is last week. Both pix were taken with my iphone, flash enabled. I got these maybe in February of this year. My right captoe has that orange action like in your 1st pix. I think mine have lightened up some. The leather around the laces is like brown tannish. Really love how the color is/has changed on these. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
They look great. In the second pic they look identical to my walnut pair. My brown shell Strands are pretty dark, at least for now, but if they start lightening up they are going to be identical to the walnuts. In certain lighting they are already pretty similar:
However, right now there is a huge color difference in person that I hope remains over time..