i have a question about the graininess of my #8 nfb's. after alden of sf repaired the wayward quarter stitching, i have worn these about five times and have been religiously adherent to the mac dogma. they have been brushed before and after wearings, and the after-brushing is preceded by a damp wipe.
an introductory photo (apologies for the relatively harsh bokeh of the nikkor 50/1.8):
what irks me, though, is the graininess of the vamp leather. the harsh reflection of the sunlight on the vamp of the right shoe below highlights what i am referring to. it looks grainy and feels grainy, and has nowhere near the near-mirror finish of the toe. (seems a bit bizarre, since the toe and the vamp are the same piece of leather.) no amount of brushing seems to reduce this graininess. is this a characteristic of my specimen of shell, or will the graininess smooth out over time? are any remedies warranted?