Originally Posted by Man Of Lint
Beautiful shoes, but why are they two different colours?
Was it the camrea flash? or are these Alden Edmonds Seconds?
Shell cordovan has a sort of "grain" to it that reflects light differently in one direction than another. So it can look like different colors at different angles, even on the same shoe. It's more noticeable with the lighter shades.
Here's one of my PRL/C&J dark cognac shoes--all made out of the same color shell, but you can see the middle part looks lighter than the heel and toe. The pieces were just cut out in different directions when the shoes were being made, so they don't all reflect the light in the same way.