A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO MANY:
I have literally dozens of shell models from various makers - shoes and boots. I am honestly baffled by this talk of constant extensive brushing. I have never done that (constant extensive brushing), and don't plan to start. Do I brush - sure - but mostly only before and after a treatment; and from time to time inbetween treatments. And a good brushing right out of the box is a good idea. Beyond that, a damp soft cloth (or even dry cloth) before wearing (and quick buff) and damp cloth after wearing does the trick for me. And I'd like to think my shoes and boots look pretty good.
On my feet today: Alden Saddles (cigar shell/snuff suede) from Leffot. Were they brushed this morning? No. Will they be brushed tonight? No.
This is not a criticism of anyone - if you like to brush, then keep doing it. But I fear that many that are new to the Shell game have this idea that keeping shell shoes/boots looking nice takes alot of never-ending work. It doesn't.
A good weekend to one and all.
I second all of this. No need to overcomplicate it. In addition, after your brushing, always, Always, ALWAYS buff with either a 100% cotton cloth/t-shirt or a nylon sock/stocking in order to get the shine out. Brushing, especially on the non-Alden shell shoes, can leave a dull finish that needs a final buffing to get a good shine.
I wear mine, then about every other wearing, brush the creases for about 20-30 seconds to spread any waxes that have been squeexed out, and then buff for a few seconds and they look awesome. Go easy on the Reno and wax as well. 15 minutes of brushing is unnecessary and physically taxing--I personally do not have the time for it anyway.