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I asked AE about some of their new finishes.
Here's what I was told:

Black Calf: We have improved our black calf finish making it more black with a higher luster. The finish is more durable and still lets the natural grain of the calf show through.

Burnish Calf (Walnut, Chestnut, Merlot, and Chili): On our burnished calf, we increased the burnishing effect with greater contrast between the highs and lows (dark highlights and natural color of the leather). Creating the greater contrast allows the natural beauty of the calf skin grain to be highlighted. On some styles, we have added a darkened toe. All hand finished shoes will dull over time, but our new finishing process increases the amount and durability of the luster. This combination of increased burnishing highlights and more luster really adds to the aesthetics of our burnished shoes.

Cordovan: We changed our cordovan burnishing process to increase the smoothness and luster on our cordovan shoes. We shifted the burgundy to a darker color. The new process results in a very durable color allowing the black and burgundy to be more black while increasing the amount of luster. Burnishing cordovan is much more difficult than calf skins, so we have dedicated one of our best and most experienced burnishers to cordovan. As a result, the new cordovan shoes look great.

Granite Grey: On the new granite grey, we are using a new antique and burnishing process that creates a heavier contrast in the highs and lows.

Bourbon: We developed a new color called Bourbon. It starts with a light colored skin and we use dark antiques with heavy burnishing. This creates a high contrast between the highs and lows resulting in a new caramel like brown color