So I decided to return the shell Park Avenues to Sherman Brothers due to the intentional burnishing performed by AE. We are going to see if they can provide a pair that is less burnished or not burnished preferrably.
Keep a heads up those of you ordering new burgundy shell shoes with the new burnishing. I am not a fan of intentionally damaging the shell with burnishing (which apparently is done with friction via some sort of spinning pad (like a sander).
I took some pics of the burnishing on one shoe to share with Sherman Bros.: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I second Gooter. This is bad. WTH are they doing?