I have a shoe question as well... cough cough Dwass this is cordovan related.
I walked in the AE store a couple weeks ago and noticed that my strands are MUCH darker than the floor model that they had. I am using the AE "Dark Brown" cordovan cream that they recommended. The reason I loved the strands was because they were a lighter brown... Any suggestions? They told me to use the conditioner/cleaner that I have, however that bottle states that it is for calf leather, and also the website Q&A says that the cleaner is not suitable for cordovan.
I am thinking... Saphir Reno to remove everything and condition the leather, and then what? Any particular (lighter) brown cordovan cream you can recommend?