as you know Ravello is one of the most rare colour to find among the classical 5-colur set of Alden. I have a cigar shell cordovan plain derby (not from Alden) and, if you want, I can send tou some pics. For the moment, search for "Alden Of Carmel" and link to
ravello is a great shell color, in the same color family as whiskey, but a few shades darker. My only quibble with Alden and ravello is 99% of the time they use black edges on the soles with ravello shoes, and I think a dark brown or even natural sole edge would be more complementary.
Yes - my most prized pair of shoes. Acquired them purely by chance. Emailed Shoemart looking for a different style, they didn't have my size but had these "seconds" which I grabbed for just $350. Similar story behind the captoes from Alden NYC but paid full retail. Sometimes it helps to be a size 7.5 (most of the time it doesn't).
Seems to do the trick. Only slightly darker after a polishing. The captoes (my first pair of light-colored shells) developed dark lines in the creases from over polishing when new, so be careful. The wingtips have yet to be polished after about a dozen outings followed by the "Mac" treatment; these actually look better now than the new pics above.
Man, the Alden shell collection is truly incredible. What beautiful shoes, clearly the best I've ever laid eyes on. I wish I could afford just one pair! If I ever can, my wallet better watch out cause I'll be racking 'em up.