Keep in mind this is the result after only three wearings, and not what I would describe as strenuous wearings, just to the office. Not like I was climbing a mountain with them. St. C applies a patina to the shoe to give it that shiny effect (sort of like Alden does wit it's shell, but not as good), but the patina wears off quickly, and there doesn't be a way to restore the effect through normal polishing. Very disappointing, especially on a shoe that costs $1500.00.
I worn mine quite a bit, I agree the initial polish does wear off easily but I don't see a problem, I use Bick4 and medium brown cream to restore them. Not box fresh but they look good. My team member Douglas wears his Russian Calf regularly and they look fantastic, I'll ask him how he cares for them.