A brilliant purchase! Congratulations to the chap who runs The Elegant Oxford. I am sorely tempted to get a pair, but at that price, I would have a difficult time buying them without trying them on. I may be spending a little time visiting my nephew and his family in Chicago in the near future, so I may be able to find a shop there that sells them.
I have several vintage Florsheim shell cordovans, including longwing brogues. along with a couple of Alden shells. One or two pairs of the Florsheims have acquired the lovely light olive tint that I think comes with aging on some shell cordovan shoes. Like the Elegant Blogger, I find that tint especially attractive, and his Carmina shoes are lovely. I wonder if the cordovan leather for those shoes was aged extensively.
I also have a pair of loafers, which I think were made with calfskin leather, that has darkened in mottled patches, again with age. Many of my friends see these shoes and think something is wrong with the leather! I tell them it is a patina that comes with age, and I love it. You can't really get this effect by artificially darkening the shoes (as some makers try to do) without the aging process doing it naturally. Sometimes, there are no shortcuts, and there is nothing wrong with aging a pair of shoes. After all, we age wine and cognac and armagnac and whisky, don't we?