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Edited by prez - 1/20/14 at 11:48am
Fellow SF members-I've got a problem I need advice on. I've got a pair Alden Whiskey shell Short Wings with a dark area developing in the crease of each shoe, the left shoe is worse than the right. I've never used any polish on these shoes, I have Saphir Renovateur after the dark area started developing. I bought these shoes new, and from the beginning they first developed a light hazy area in the crease that appeared normal and I simply tried to polish out with horsehair brush. But as I brushed the creased area started to have a little gummy like material peel away. I kept brushing and the material continued to peel away kinda like glue or touch up finish. Its hard to explain. Anyway it started getting darker and I stopped.
My question is this something you think was in the finish from the factory? This area stated looking different as soon as the creases started developing, darker and kinda dirty and hazy. In retrospect i think these areas were touched up at the factory and I simply brushed away the touch up. It bothers me to look down and see the dark areas so I want to do something to fix it. Should I risk sending back to Alden? Any suggestions on how to get the dark area to lighten up? The more I brush the darker area seems to spread.
weird...when i apply reno, the lighter-colored areas (usually the creases) seem to absorb the reno more, and after application, usually do look darker than the rest of the shoe. this is noticeable even with #8, and the pattern looks similar to what your left shoe looks like.. you think the problem could possibly be exacerbated by reno building up in the creases?
It is - very happy to have found it.
It's also why vigorous brushing on whiskey cordovan may not be such a brilliant idea, depending on one's objective. If one wants his shoes to remain a light whiskey shade/finish, shine gently with a cotton or microfiber cloth.
I constantly wonder why some folks purchase new cordovan shoes, brush the heck out of them before wearing--sometimes without any polish or conditioner--and then wonder when things go awry.