I'm still very new here, but have been active on the various watch fora for about 6 years. Leather is a whole lot easier to shoot than polished steel and reflective sapphire crystal. I got these BB Peal Chelseas about a week ago. I loved the styling and fit, but the color was very dull and lifeless. Some brown polish did very little to burnish them up. I decided to try my hand at antiquing them using med. brown and black creme followed by brown polish and cordovan polish. The result was great but very uneven and somewhat fragile. In some places it looked rather cheesey. So after thinking about it for 2 days, I stripped all the polish off with a mild solvent (I've done this on mid grade shoes before). I kept my stripping operation light and only did about a 97% job. I also intentionally left lines or striations that look a bit hairy running down the vamp through the toe. I then buffed with leather conditioner and applied one coat of Kiwi brown. I'm extremely happy with the results and can't wait to wear them. I didn't take a 'before' photo, but the tab shows the original anemic color.