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I've been thinking about these exact black shell shoes too. But if I buy cordovan I partially need the shoes to be durable: that especially is an important reason to buy horsehide shoes. Do you guys think these shoes will be good in this respect or will I be better of splashing a couple hundred more for Carmina shells? This considering I have some doubts about the finishing (especially the brogueing, which I have seen being off in some Meermin shoes) and these not being hand-welted (alas) and generally only finished to classic line standards (alas again). Even if they hold out very long, even minor finishing issues might make me get tired of these shoes earlier than if they were perfect thus decreasing their durability in a sense. On one hand it may be wiser to some regular classic Meermins first but on the other hand shell will not get much more accessible than this (when it comes to price) to try out.
Personally, I don't think black shell is worth the premium. No patina results, and I feel black looks best with the shine you get on calf, rather than the glow of cordovan.
I placed an order for them along side a pair of MTO boots (I actually go them without the toe cap broguing because I wanted plain cap-toes). This was about 2 months ago so I still don't have them. I think black shell has an amazing glow to it - and if you're not going to go for a mirror shine then shell is a great option! (you can still mirror shine shell, you just need to wait for the shell to get a little older and you may have to re-shine them more often)
And, conversely, I don't like the way black calf ages with wear. While calf wear-wrinkles add a warm, worn character to browns, on blacks it just makes it look old and tired. That's specifically the reason why I'm interested in black shell, I'd much rather sacrifice some mirror finish for rolls rather than creases. My .02
I am glad to hear that you are pleased with the final result of the Museum MTO.
There is not a problem to use Renovateur on the shoes, you won't strip the finishing.
It will be a great conditioner to use to care for your shoes.
If you want to polish them up, I think that the better option to keep the hues of the leather will be to use neutral polish, to not 'cover' it with the polish wax.
I hope you'll enjoy wearing them!