I use chili edge dressing to correct the color when I scuff the sole edges (I put a little bit on a q-tip and dab the scuffs). When I am just doing my regular polishing routine, I use natural edge dressing. Many on here say they use chili all the time, and I am sure that is fine, but my experience is that it is slightly darker/redder than the more brownish color of the natural welt. I think it comes down to personal preference in the long run, and you can't go wrong either way. As for the walnut polish darkening the shoe, again some have said they have had trouble with this. It hasn't really been my experience, but those who have say that they prefer cognac polish. Beware though, this color is being discontinued, so get it quick if you decide to go that route. It is under the clearance tab on AE's website. Enjoy your Strands!