So, after getting my hands on a lifetime supply of Venetian Shoe Cream (compliments of Seer -- thank you VERY much once again), I set out to shine my 721LTDs.
Upon application of the cream, my rag that I used effectively turned color #8 (from white). Since receiving my boots a couple of months ago, they have continuously shed dye when rubbed down and brushed. I've worn them a decent amount and use a damp cloth followed by a dry cloth and brush afterward. While the routine brushing keeps them reasonably clean of buildup, there always seems to be a waxy film on the boot. I haven't used any polish, wax, or cream before last night either.
On the way home I stopped into a local Alden store to try on some boots, and lady helping me commented on how the 721LTD shell looks considerably different from Alden shell. They're both sourced from Horween, but I know factory finishes differ depending on the manufacturer. Comparing the two different boots side by side, the difference in finish was considerable (color and texture).
It's not that I want my boots to be ultra-shiny, but I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this as well. I've read that Allen Edmond shell cordovans tend to stay "cloudy" while Alden's tend to gleam a bit more. I love my boots dearly and I wouldn't trade them for anything -- I just want them to stop transferring dye every time I wipe them down.
I know the advice will be to keep wiping them down until the cloth comes away clean, but does anyone have any suggestions/thoughts?
Venetian Shoe Cream is awesome, by the way -- highly recommended!