Originally Posted by kwhitelaw
my definition of old ravello is in the middle. new ravello flanking each side
Thanks for chiming in and providing this picture, which confuses me a little.
My issue with Ravello, and why I would not consider myself fully on the bandwagon as an admirer or this shell color, is it seems to be the least consistent shade of shell. Ravello should be a medium brown, but I have seen new shoes where it is indistinguishable from the old mahogany color, yet others where it is oddly close to whiskey, and now this picture above where it looks strangely reddish like a mix of color #4 and Ravello. What gives? I realize the boots in the photo above are old and seem to have patina, but are they really Ravello? And, yes, I realize lighting conditions can affect the way shoes may look in a photo.
Furthermore, I recognize the shell itself may react to and take dye differently , which is part of the charm, and the colors are not totally static over time. But I am almost more inclined to get shoes in natural shell instead of Ravello, and just let them darken over time.