Originally Posted by Pastor
Anybody ever notice extreme difference in Shell colors? I bought a pair of Ravello Wingtip boots at the beginning of the year. I love the color and wanted a pair of LWB in Ravello as well. I finally found a good, almost new pair in my size on the B&S. When I got them there is a pretty significant difference in the colors. The LWB have almost zero red tones. I'm not saying that I don't like the LWB. I do like them and they seem to be a unique color, they just were not what I expected. Take a look at these pcitures below.
Shell colors do vary. If you look at ravello from a few years ago, it's lighter in color than the ravello that's on the market today. This is most noticeable, I've found, in rare shell colors, as they're the lighter colors. It's important to remember that shell is an animal product and subject to all kinds of variances. Horween's QC is great of course, but since cigar/ravello/whiskey (possibly add natural chromexcel to this as well) are done in relatively natural tannages, a given leather five years ago may look a few shades different than that same leather now. One amazing thing about shell boots is that you often get a very large continuous piece of shell along each side of the boot. I have a pair of ravello shortwing boots that I only condition -- do not polish -- and you can actually see the natural grain of the horse's hide. It's beautiful.