First of all, thank you to everyone for all of the information on this thread. I've been spending time for the last week reading through it starting both from the beginning of the thread and also backwards from the end to get the newer information. Very interesting and helpful.
I've recently started to purchase higher quality shoes and want to care for them well. I believe that I have the basics of a good shine understood at this point and am simply waiting for my supplies to arrive. However, I have a pair that I'm a bit concerned about. I have only worn them 4-5 times and always use shoe trees with them. I've not done much at all with them since they are new and I had never done anything like this with shoes before so I started with just a coat of AE premium leather conditioner and a single coat of AE Black Premium Shoe Polish. I've since ordered some Reno, Dubbin, and Saphir Wax along with a few other things. Both shoes are starting to develop some significant creasing with the right shoe showing much more than the left shoe. I will post pics of both. Again, I'm quite new to the world of nicer shoes, but the fit seems great with these - not too long, perhaps a touch wide. I'm an 11.5 EEE. The 11 EEE was too short, the 11.5 E was too narrow, and there is no 11.5 EE on this shoe. Seems to fit just right, but most everything I've read with this type of creasing indicates that the fit might not be right. Perhaps I need to condition them more?
Any suggestions? Thanks!
I would ease up on the products. The other voices in this thread are right: the shoe does not fit you.
I know what brand and model you bought, and it seems the last that the shoe was built on is just not right for your foot type. It's a fairly generous last with a high vamp and instep. Despite a reasonable fit in 2 dimensions (length plus width), the shoe is too "deep" for you. I would recommend a different model built to accommodate a "low volume" foot (my feet seem to be similar in shape to yours).