Despite the consensus here against Johnston & Murphy shoes, I've owned and loved this pair for many years. Here's what they looked like about six months ago: Spoiler: Pretty shoes And here's what they look like now: Spoiler: WTF!!! Age and low-quality leather may be the culprit, of course, but it seems odd that they died so suddenly after so many years of looking great. Two changes in my shoe care regimen seem to have coincided with this deterioration. First, I started polishing the shoes with Meltonian cream instead of Johnston & Murphy's house brand. Second, I started applying said cream with a brush instead of a cloth. So, good doctors, what's the most likely cause of this disease, and is there a possible cure?