I'm jealous too. My brand new ravello LWBs don't look nearly as deep as these. Mine have almost no reddish tone. Almost a milk chocolate color. I'm actually a little disappointed.
With ravello, it is best to inspect the pair before you buy (or at least ask if it is dark or light)
Ravello vs ravello:
Yeah. Mine are more like the shoe on the right but even darker brown.
Unfortunately between my unusual size and distance from any Alden retailers I had to buy sight unseen from Alden of SF. They're beautiful shoes, just at the lower end of the "Ravello Beauty" spectrum. Maybe they'll patina nicely. Or I could leave them in the sun...
Personally, I have one brush. I periodically check it to make sure it's not picking up color and redistributing on other shoes, but unless you're using a LOAD of colored wax and polish, it won't really matter. Normally I'll wipe down w/ damp cloth for dirt, so it's not like it's accumulating crap either. Brush is for friction and shine.
two quick questions re horsehair brushes for mac method:
1. one brush for all shoes, or one brush for each pair?
2. the ebay seller (coolshoeswalter) sells both light colored and black-bristled brushes, does that make a difference?
if it matters, i have three pairs of shell shoes: black, #8 and cigar. thanks!
I have a brush for each shell color though now that I think about it probably not needed. That seller is where I got all mine. Have all light brushes and one black brush though I don't think that matters neither