Had to pack for a flight so I thought I would shine the shoes while I was up. Leather looks good. Doesn't look like it was dried out. I assume the color matches (looks like it from the photos?). The eBay seller's photos must have been done in poor lighting. Not sure how much you know about Cordovan, but just make sure you don't use too much polish, and polish very very infrequently. Many members (myself included) simply brush vigorously. I will also use a slightly damp cloth every now and then. I also have used a small (emphasis on small) amount of Saphir revovateur, and that has worked well. I know the Darltons are not the sleekest in the world, and the EGs in a previous post are great, but I always get compliments when I wear mine, and they are my favorite non-balmoral. Congratulations.