Some talk recently here on Cordovan shoes. I have questions on care. I own several pairs of #8 Alden Shells, and they have fared differently over time. I have always heard competing schools of thought in terms of care/nourishment. Alden says use the wax only, no cram, and says using cream could actually do damage. AE recommends the use of their cream. Same Horween Shell. They even have a video showing the use of the cream to nourish the Shell. I've used that cream on a pair of my Aldens, and it left quite a bad residue, even after cleaning it off. These particular pods never really had a great shine to them, so I thought I'd try the cream for potential improvement. It really made them worse before I worked hard to get them back to their old non-sheen patina. I'm all for caring for these properly, just want to know the real deal. What works for you?