I have a pair of ravello long wings and it's time to give them their first polish. Is there a recommended wax color to use? I have tan (for whiskey), brown (for cigar), and #8 (for..#8). Any help is appreciated.
to tell you the truth you don't really need or want to use any colored wax on shell cordovan. I have used the Alden black wax paste on both my black and #8 shell shoes but only on very obvious scuffs which I later found out that I could have covered up without wax. Almost all superficial scuffs can be buffed out with a clean horsehair brush after a few minutes. If you want shiny shoes - use Crema Nubiana (can be bought from Franco's clothing) as per instructions in the box. If you want less shiny shoes then I would avoid wax and just brush them lightly before and after every wear. And be sure to have a shoe brush that you use exclusively for shell shoes. Brushes tend to pick up wax and other products over time and if you use this on your shell shoes, it may dull them.
If this is your first polish - I would recommend the Alden of Carmel's 3x polish technique for shell shoes using Alden black wax paste.