I just picked up a pair of BROWN Alden captoes from Brooks Brothers. Since I had remaining gift credit from my Ebay purchase, I wanted to take advantage of the sale that ends today. Between the Peales and the Aldens, I actually like Alden's coloring better, and also liked the instep support they provided (the Peales provided little support, and would have exacerbated my overpronation). I should first note that, once again, I had HORRIBLE service. I was coming from home and had track pants and a t-shirt on. But I'm in good shape, and a reasonably good looking, clean cut guy. I didn't look disgusting or anything. There were maybe two people in the store, both looking at inexpensive stuff. I seriously stood by the shoes for 15 minutes, and even had two pair in my hands, waiting for help. Unbelievable. Almost drove me out of the store. Anyways, when I was picking up some new polish for them, I saw some Kiwi mink oil. It said it may darken lighter leathers. I'm wondering whether I should use it on the brown shoes. I wouldn't mind darkening the leather a bit (so to get it an even darker shade of brown), but I obviously don't want to spot them. And, honestly I don't know what mink oil ACTUALLY does for shoes. I also picked up some neutral polish for another pair of shoes I have. This got me wondering -- should you use neutral polish on the soles of the shoes? Is this just idiotic to even consider?
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6/30/04 at 1:39pm