You may want to try rubbing with a slightly damp cloth and then lots of brushing.
I think my experience with the tremont last may be different than most. The shape is definitely different than Barrie; narrower in the toe box. But for me, I still have a good amount of room. I like the Barrie because I very much dislike a tight fitting, narrow shoe. I was worried the tremont would be sleeker, but too snug. However, to me they are just about as roomy as my LWBs. I think I prefer the LWB, but I wanted to try a balmoral wingtip and mix it up some. I already have 5 pairs of Alden LWBs. I'm glad these have turned out so well.
for some reason, shell doesn't seem to shine that well right out of the box. i had a hell of a time getting my NSTs to shine up right after i got them, but now the toe caps are nice and shiny. i feel i have always gotten a better shine after a few wearings, or even just keeping the shoes out of the box. perhaps there's something about increased exposure to circulating air that changes something in the finish...
I had suspected the same thing. That the finish on new shoes continues to "set" when exposed to air. Just sort of a theory though.
I would love to see a photo of your collection if you are so obliged. I have begun to infer that it might be quite extensive.
You will never know unless you try. That is, there is only one way to find out.
If you are a solid 9 in Aberdeen, I would go with 8.5 in the Tremont. However, it really is a tweener if you poll people that have them (half will swear by TTS and the other half will say size .5 down). I think you just need to try two sizes and figure it out for yourself. Good luck and let us know how it turned out for you!