I finally decided to join the forum and this is my first post and after realizing how depressing my current shoe situation was, I went out just bought a couple pairs of Allen Edmonds, one of which was the Finch in tan/leather. I was sort of surprised at the color when they arrived.
This is the shoe that I ordered off the AE site, I was expecting a brown, burnished look all the way through:
The shoes I received looked more like this, which is off zappos (I honestly thought this was a different shoe when first looking):
I called AE and they said I could exchange it for a different pair with the possibility that the color may be different, but I am assuming it will just be similar so I won't bother. They did tell me to try a little bit of chili colored polish on it in a discrete location and see how it dried, and I did that with a lighter shade and it definitely changed the color of the leather for that little spot.
So my question is, if I use a walnut color polish (the lightest AE brown, but still alters the color of the leather) on the whole front half of the shoe, will the polish come out looking spotty or otherwise crappy? Is this permanent or can it be removed? I just don't want to ruin the shoe.
It is a very nice tan color, just not what I am looking for in one of only 3 pairs of good shoes I have. I really like the look of the shoe and I did wear it very briefly outside so the soles aren't flawless anymore - so I am not sure I could get a refund.