I had a simular issue and I used Reno Mat first (one application) - let dry for 24 hours. Then I used 2 applications of Reovateur. Then the proper shoe cream color - not neutral (two coats) then the proper wax (3 applications).
It worked out for me.
It's the leather as well as the shade that must match.AE always used to make a point in their old advertisements that they would cut the shoe from the same hide and then keep the pair tied together so it wouldn't get mixed up and you'd have a better chance of the shoes matching perfectly.Ifit's just a matter of the wrong shade you can correct that easily but when the leather doesn't match the shoe will never look right even if both are the exact shade.
Don't be a dopey jarhead, send 'em back and one day when you grow up and make some moneyyou can buy a 1st and not some defective 2nd
I've had the same problem with two pairs of cordovan seconds from AE.
Polishing and conditioning multiple times didn't work and I was considering leaving the darker shoe out in the sun for a couple days but decided against doing something absurd like that; it's not worth the trouble.
I ended up shipping them back for exchange. (Third pair coming in this week... hoping the "third time's a charm" adage applies).
Judging by his poor grammar and odd sentence structures, I just figure Snedley is trying to learn English by reading and posting on message boards, and is therefore heavy on snark and insults and light on substance.
Kidding aside, these types of posts often derail otherwise informative threads. Plus- and here's the thing I don't really understand- those who post this type of stuff are doing so with a purpose, presumably to pump themselves up at the expense of others. Do they not understand that this makes them look terribly insecure? They quest to find personal validation by impressing strangers on the internets, but aren't perceptive enough to realize that their behavior comes off as desperate.