I had a question about the care for my brown burnished Park Avenues.
Would I use the normal conditioner cleaner, followed by the polish .... or only some saddle soap? I was a little confused looking at the care instructions on the Allen Edmonds page: http://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/mens-shoes/dress-shoes/park-avenue-cap-toe-oxfords/SF270.html?dwvar_SF270_color=5610#sz=63&start=1
QUOTE: "When caring for your calfskin, use Allen Edmonds Conditioner Cleaner to remove surface residue and to keep leather soft and pliable. To achieve a fine luster, wipe shoes with a damp cloth and allow them to air dry at room temperature. Then, apply a coat of Allen Edmonds Premium Shoe Polish with a cloth or horsehair dauber and allow to air dry.
Our new Dark Chili and Oxblood burnished leathers can be cleaned using a damp cloth to remove dirt and any residue. Follow by using a soft cloth to apply our Allen Edmonds Saddle Soap which cleans all smooth leather shoes while restoring the leather's natural oils." END QUOTE
I wasn't sure if the saddle soap treatment only applies to the Oxblood burnished leather and not the brown.
Honestly, it's really about personal preference in either case. I use conditioner and polish on my chili and dark brown because I want a shine, not a luster. I only use saddle soap on non-full grain shoes. Having said that, I don't think you'll run into a problem using the saddle soap if you choose to do so. If you want a shine, you have to use polish, no other choice. If you want a luster, you can follow either of the suggestions above.