The blooming on the creases on the vamp happens to almost all my shell boots. It's the nature of some shell. Brushing helps but I find just rubbing firmly with my finger/thumb back and forth will remove the blooming. But then it appears immediately when I wear them again.
My friend, what is the run number on the inside of the boots (the number that is not the size or model number) as you suspect those are probably decently aged. What they need is moisture on the creases to hydrate the shell Cordovan. Brushing and carefully and judiciously applying liquid to those spots are probably your best solution. That is not bloom. ;-) I will send you a PM with more details in a bit.
Thats True about the bloom, It seems like dry skin scalling up, and I expected it to wipe off easily. try a damp cloth to wipe it away, one pair I had - some cord cream worked well to remove the bloom and give it shine it never came off any other way. Thing is you really don't want to over use product on the new leather, or at all since to much product can open the pores permanently.
UPDATE : brushed and buffed my boots using nothing but brush, damp and dry cloth, and elbow grease. All cracking/dry appeance is gone. Evidently it was drawn out waxes induced by my previous brushing. It's the first pair of Aldens for me and also my first pair of shell, so most of this is fairly new. As a reward for your kind and sound advice all around, here is a pic of after brushing with all the exposed oils and waxes
And after buffing (I know it's not perfect, but I did my best, remember it's my first time!)
Gentleman, thanks for the kind words and advice.
Got home, wiped them down and brushed, brushed and brushed. Then a little deer bone, then a little more brush followed by a soft cloth buff.
I cannot believe how decently they turned out. You can barely see where the scuff was/is.
Will need to pick up some edge dressing though.
Thanks again for all your help guys.
A good bunch we have here.
Fantastic news, shell is such an amazing material. Everytime I wear my boots, I am amazed by all the great characteristics of shell. I think Americans should start eating horses again... Playing, the exclusivity of shell is another wonderful perk. Hope you avoid all shell scraping obstacles in the future; regardless, tread on.
Edited by rosslovethreads - 1/5/15 at 8:47pm