Maybe for your birthday, son.
Hey Half, they are noticeably darker as seen in the pics and I'm not sure why. I've seen other pics of cxl shoes that were significantly darker as well, and my Alden CXLs have also gotten a lot darker all around. I'm perfectly fine with it as I think it legitimately "adds character" and it's uniform, but it is something for others to consider when ordering.
Maybe MWS knows why this happens? And, right, as Mike mentioned, the wrinkles will certainly soon overshadow!
Sorry for the extremely late response. The darkening of the leather in those areas is likely just where they are extra oily due to natural variation in the hide. CXL is an oil stuffed pull-up leather. Pull-up lightens when it's stretched, but the facings aren't really stretched much during lasting.
On burnished shoes, it's not unusual for the high points to end up darker (naturally) since the raised areas will come in greater contact with the burnishing wheel, but that shouldn't be the case here, as I doubt they have burnishing.
So I may/may not put my merlot heritage with a V-Tread on this sale (unless my bonus comes in!) but I've mentioned the idea to a few friends - they seem to be for a natural sole/welt?
I don't know - I was leaning to black but..
Using the McCallister as an example (I think this might be Burgandy color option, the Merlot looks weird in the custom shoe maker).
How brown is the brown one? The natural seems a bit light, black is a bit dull.. wish the natural was just a shade or two darker.
Black shell Rutledges have arrived!
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These were spec'ed to be a complement to my ruby shell Carminas:
AE can do sleek when it wants to.
And with this . . . I report, somewhat wistfully, that the last hole in my collection (black shell dress shoe) has now been filled, and my racks are officially full. Any future purchases will be either (1) something that absolutely cannot be resisted, or (2) purely a nibbling at the edges.
So . . . what shall I start buying next?
These are nice and sleek. Did you order tts? Will you please post a few more photos? thanks!