Hmmm, hadn't thought of that. I've got some saphir cordovan cream. I agree that over time that will help to minimize the difference. Also, kphm was right, now that I'm wearing them around the house (Mac break-in method), when laced, it is hardly noticeable. Lastly, I've read the criticisms of the crepe sole but these things are like walking on air. I still think I prefer the feel of commando, but these are really close.
It's a wrap, I'm keeping them. Thanks for the input.