A long time ago, my brother almost convinced me to toss out a pair of shell cordovan shoes because of the white mold! Luckily, a more enlightened friend told me that it was just bloom and to brush, brush, brush.
You can never have enough LWB's in my opinion! And the buffing cloth is a bonus!
Enjoy your new cigars as well!
Ha! I am pretty sure that you are now glad that you didn't toss them out! You owe that friend a drink! Surprising that they don't do a better job warning about bloom. It's common enough that I would probably mention it if I were a retailer. I doubt much of the total population base reads this much about shoes.
I believe that I currently have 12 LWBs, which was my upper bound (2 full weeks with Leisure Sunday's included). I am not in any rush and have time to think about it. Nice thing about the Alden game is that if you are patient you can take your time making decision...