Question for you gentlemen, for those of you that own walnut calf shoes/boots, what is your preference in shoe polish? My walnut calf Strands could use some TLC, and I have/used AE Premium Walnut polish in the past and I recall it was very orange which I didn't like. Would a tan polish be a better option? Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
It depends on which direction you'd like to go with the color and finish. You could start with some neutral cream and then use the distressing to guide you on burnishing with darker/contrasting colors. Or try something like mid-tan or brown for a more uniform finish. Creams and waxes will work their way out over time so there's nothing wrong with trial and error here.
I do not suggest anything....it is a burnished finish and the less you do to them the better.. I like to use neutral when I have to and that may be once a year. Some will use black and AE used to have a bourbon cream/wax color. Stay away from Reno or anything like that.
+1. If you like the burnished finish they came with, stick with neutral and go easy on them. Bourbon is walnut with black burnishing so if things get the point you do decide to mess with it, a light/neutral base with black highlights will be the way to go. I hit my bourbon double monks (one of the Mora variations) with oxblood and chili from time to time to try and add some depth/patina. Thin coats have little effect and give you a chance to change direction if you don't like how things are turning out.
I have some walnut Rogues and decided I liked Chili better. For the past several months I occasionally polish the shoe with a very light coat of AE Chili polish. It is making them a darker and richer move towards chili and away from the orange of the walnut. But I think our suggestions only give a general idea this is much like asking for the group on spices in a stew. The end result is going to be up to you to decide if you like it.