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Shell cordo bloom, does it ever stop?

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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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This is an interesting topic. Everybody has had different experiences with the white residue.

I've had burgundy, black and mahogany sweat that white residue.

The worst were the mahogany shell.
Years ago when I first bought mahogany shell I could brush and wipe them with a cloth,
wear them for less than an hour and see the surface getting oily again.

Some of my shoes from Alden and Allen Edmonds developed that residue and some didn't.

When I was visiting the Allen Edmonds store a few years ago the clerk handed me an article about shell cordovan.
It stated that the white residue is sheep tallow. I'm not sure if that's correct or not.
But I've always wondered what the residue was for sure, vegetable or animal fat.
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