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I have a few pair of shell cordovan shoes that continually bloom the white powdery residue. I also have a few pair that do not and never have bloomed. I've read that it's the fat within the shell that leaches out. I kind of enjoy pulling them out of their felt bags and brushing off the residue before wearing them.

Presumably this blooming happens until all the fat is gone, or at least stabilized. Any ideas how long this takes? I have a couple pair over two years old that are still going. I suppose, once the blooming ends...better order a pair to replace it, plus a backup pair!
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