Originally Posted by AlanC
Yes, it is just the color, but it's 'cordovan' color. The point above was that Alden of Carmel (and apparently Alden itself) simply suggests using regular wax.
Well, I haven't seen any suggestions from Alden that owners of shell cordovan use "regular" wax. Instead, they suggest their own product--noted by yachtie--a wax in a jar labeled #8 Cordovan. This has always suggested to me that they are proposing this product for shell cordovan, as they (Alden) don't use the term "cordovan" to indicate a color, just the leather. They refer to their calfskin shoes in "cordovan" color, for example, as "burgundy."
Similarly, Allen-Edmonds markets a product specifically for shell cordovan leather (possibly the product mentioned in the OP). Here's their blurb on shoe care for shell cordovan:"Polish occasionally using Allen-Edmonds cordovan care cream to maintain a rich color. From time to time, use a black polish to enhance the look of the leather."
(bold italics mine.)
Again, what are the ingredients in this product that suit it specifically for shell cordovan?
As I noted earlier, I'd be interested in Horween's take on all this....