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Alden Color 8 Shell Cordovan shoes are crafted using vegetable tanned leather that contains a greater amount of oils and natural waxes than your calfskin shoes. This means that you should not have to polish Alden Color 8 Shell Cordovan shoes very often. Most of the time, all that is needed is a brush or cloth to remove dust and buff out scuffs. To polish your Alden Color 8 Shell Cordovan shoes, use only a thin film of high quality polish to avoid build-up. Excess polish build-up can attract dust, hide the natural luster of the leather, and show scratches. Low quality polishes can actually harm the leather, so we recommend using Alden's Color 8 Paste Wax polish for a high shine. Once the polish has dried slightly, brush it off with a horsehair brush. Follow up with a final buffing using a soft cloth. The beauty of Color 8 Shell Cordovan leather is not only its unique eggplant color and rich luster, but also its durability and comfort. With proper care, your Alden Color 8 Shell Cordovan shoes will become one of your wisest and favorite investments.