Originally Posted by chogall
Sounds try and not finished. Maybe you need to coat it with polish. Just maybe. Seems like the cordovan that Meermin uses has a very different finish compare to Horween cordovan leather.
It was very dry. In fact, in an area where the left shoe folded/creased, the finish rubbed off completely.
Originally Posted by mymil
This sounds very strange to me---much different than the Carmina-finished Horween shell I'm used to. It sounds like either a) the Reno was dissolving the finish and pulling it off too aggressively or b) for some reason it was blooming before your eyes, but rubbing it with a rag should have diminished that. Did you try just straight water and rubbing?
Meermin, unfortunately, does not use Horween for its shell supplier. After a few coats of Renovateur, the white creases that walking created would go away with brushing. Prior to the first coat of Renovateur, however, it was a disaster when I brushed the creases as the shoe's finish was literally coming off before my eyes. As mentioned above, there is still a small fold/crease on one shoe where the finish came off completely. While the applications of Renovateur took even more color off, they at least left the shoe looking less "dry" and prevented further instances of folds/creases causing the finish to come off.
I never tried water and rubbing because early on a few drops of water fell on the shoe and slightly discolored it. That went away with an application of Renovateur, however.
Overall, I'm happy with the shoes, but my experience has definitely been very different from the usual shell care posts.