So, I've read that various shell cordovan colors begin to fade with use. For example, color 8 becomes less intense with time and the original purple-ish color fades to a much lighter hue.
Is that true? And is it true for all shell cordovan colors regardless of shoe brand?
Black does not seem to fade and stays pretty darn black.
Cigar and #8 seem to fade.
Whiskey seems to darken.
I am not sure about blue or Ravello.
The fading is something that many people find desireable. As a matter of fact here is some pics of a famous pair of faded #8 Indy's from amlai.
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Here is a Horween blog post that may interest you: