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Is there any way I can get them darker, more to a burgundy color? If there's hope I'm ready to pull the trigger.
In my experience, lighter shell tends to darken over time, and darker shell tends to lighten over time. However, of course, this also depends upon what treatment is applied to them. It also doesn't happen quickly.

I have a pair of Carmina shell bluchers that were quite light in colour - a light bourbon shade - but which have darkened a bit over the past few years and are now more of a mid-brown. I just give them a coat of Saphir cordovan cream from time to time, rub it in well and brush the shoes. I haven't used anything else to darken them, it just happened over time.
 

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Always wanted to pull the trigger on ruby or green shell but I bought a pair of navy shell shoes and always found it hard to pair.
I like navy with medium and dark browns, as well as mid grey. I have a mid grey suit with a subtle blue stripe - navy is made for that.
Rubi is straightforward to pair - great with grey, especially mid to light. Also great with jeans, mid blue, etc.
Believe it or not, green is probably the easiest to pair - substitute it for brown and you’ll be right most of the time.
 

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I like navy with medium and dark browns, as well as mid grey. I have a mid grey suit with a subtle blue stripe - navy is made for that.
Rubi is straightforward to pair - great with grey, especially mid to light. Also great with jeans, mid blue, etc.
Believe it or not, green is probably the easiest to pair - substitute it for brown and you’ll be right most of the time.
I have navy shell boots and shoes. I agree with they above recommendations, but would add that they can be paired well with khaki, both cooler and warmer shades.
 

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You could dye them. You could also leave them in the sun, which will change the color gradually but not sure if they would get darker or lighter.
The sun will remove red colors and lighten the shell's color.
 

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Looks more like mold to me also, as opposed to bloom
No, that's pretty heavy bloom.

I had a pair of cordovan boots that got this on them once as well. Wiped away in 30 seconds with a horse hair brush.
 

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