Just picked these up on eBay. I know they look a bit rough, but the price was right and I kinda like the patina. What would you guys recommend I do first to them when they get here to freshen them up a bit?
Wouldn't it have been easier to buy shoes the colour you want?
What should I expect to pay for the services I need from Alden?
You can use it on your calf and there would be no problem! Cordovan cream (we have discussed in the past) just have less solvents in it (no turpentine) and is more gentle than the one for calf so not to damage the shell cordovan finish
I think that if you want your pairs to be so much darker (really dark brown) the best and faster way to go is by using a dye! (i have used saphir and its very easy to us! i would help you with that in person but you are a little far from me) ! The outcome looks very good btw!
The photo is a little blurry but i can suspect you are referring to the with spot! this looks like to be from alcohol or some kind of solvent that has been dropped on the shoe and dissolved the dye! it would be better if you provided a more clear photo and some details on the pair (manufacturer ets so to find out what kind of leather-dyes they use) !!