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Over thinking. A correctly made pair of shoes you don't have to take to different places, put in different light, move from one side to another to change angles, squint, bounce on your feet while chanting your mantra to convince yourself they look good. That pair consists of two shoes of two different colors. If it walks like a duck, etc.
I disagree. Those shoes do not look that drastic to me. I think that there are natural occurrences and differences in leather
Speaking of brushes, I am replacing two old brushes... I have one Saphir brush I use with browns that I will keep. Do you guys have separate brushes for color 8 and black? I have always used the same brush for those two colors. And do people like the Alden branded brushes (I am sure they are just rebranded from another company).
FWIW, when it comes to polish, Saphir cordovan color 8 and black creams are good, but I prefer Alden's brown paste wax on cigar over the brown Saphir cordovan cream, it does a great job. The color 8 and black Alden paste waxes are pretty good as well.
(A) I use separate brushes for black, color 8, cigar, and ravello-whiskey (same brush)
(B) I MUCH prefer Alden's paste wax for cigar over brown Saphir cordovan cream... Saphir leaves a terrible film that I can't get rid of, regardless of how little/light I go with application. I am going to try and clean them with Reno today unless anyone has any other recommendations. I would appreciate any advice here.
I have different brushes for each cordovan color shoe I have. I have always had different brushes for black and color 8 cordovan shoes. I got brushed dedicated to each color after the first pair of whiskey cordovan shoes I have darkened considerably after I first brushed it with the brush I had used on my color 8 shoes. That brush had remnants of color 8 paste on it from its use on the color 8 shoes, which transferred to the whiskey shoes. This would obviously happen if one things about it, and I felt silly for it not having occurred to me until after I had done
Obviously, the implicit assumption behind my choice is that I don't want darker cordovan colors affecting the shade of the lighter-colored cordovan shoes. If that does not matter to you, then you may make different brush choices.
I use the same brush for my ravello and whiskey with the hope that the whiskey darkens some. However, I have not used any paste wax on any of these shoes just yet.
Seems too risky to me. You may not be able to exchange/return at that point.
Edited by ReppTiePrepster - 9/20/13 at 10:09am
that fading can happen even under store lights - one shoe is on display and the other isn't. I suspect that is what happened here.
I seriously doubt it. They haven't been in store long enough to do it. Also, Alden DC and Kathy are not amateurs when it comes to storing and caring for their product. If this were J Press, I would believe it (because I have actually seen how they have ruined some great pairs of shoes), but Alden DC, no way...
My guess is this QC from the factory.