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Congrats!  What'd you order?
Glad I could help.  Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of them as they're just a brainstorm right now...but I imagine somebody on these forums has gotten a pair of distressed roughouts.  White's has sent me samples for their leathers, so I've seen the distressed roughout in person, and it's beautiful.  Just like the smooth side, it's not too different looking than natural CXL...just a lot tougher.
Whatever works, works...but don't you worry that's just going to create another hot spot on the boots/your legs?  I think I'd just recommend enduring the standard break in, and wear them like they've been worn for decades by thousands upon thousands of people.  Again, to each their own, but I think the break in period is worth it.
Given it's color, I would embrace it getting beat up and beat to shit, as I think it's really unavoidable over time.  Indigo transfer and just oils from your body/clothes will transfer pretty quickly, and carrying it all over and setting it down in different places will mean that it *will* get dirty.  Rather than fighting it, I'd just accept the wabi-sabi and get over the hump of those first few stains.
From the leather samples I've gotten from White's, the brown and black are both really tough and thick (just like the Distressed), but the distressed just has so much more color depth and variation...almost like a pull-up leather.  I think the lightness in color really aids in that, in the same way that natural CXL is so much more interesting than brown CXL.  I love my brown CXL Quoddys and have beat them up a good deal, but they're still just...brown.
If you look at my post from a few days ago, there's an album of my Smooth Distressed Bounty Hunters.  Mine are lined, but that was because I failed at the internet on the day that I ordered them and didn't realize my mistake until it was too late (weeks later).  I don't regret the lining at all, but I'm not sure it was necessary...and I'm thinking about getting another pair in the same leather (potentially roughout side out) in an unlined boot specifically for...
In the only pair of shearling-lined shoes I've tried on from Rancourt (at the factory), they were only partially lined, and had no shearling in the forefoot/toes (where I'd really want it).  I'm sure there shearling lining would get squished down in that area and would likely make sizing a lot more difficult, but as potential slippers I was disappointed by this.  Does anyone know if it's possible to get them fully shearling lined?
While I don't disagree about being careful with coconut oil (easy to over-condition), I would also say that Obenauf's LP can be overkill as well...and can potentially diminish the luster and color variation on the leather.  I've certainly used Obenauf's on my share of boots, but those are generally boots that I'm putting through their paces and which will likely end up in big puddles or full days out in the snow.  For boots that have been worn for months and have only one...
Those are beauties.  You're a rare soul on the east coast to have cuban heels, but they work well here.  I climbed Chocorua last month, so I'm a big fan of the Whites.  (wearing White's in the Whites...ZING!) Yeah, Katahdin really is a blast, especially Knife Edge and Cathedral.  It was my wife's first time up Katahdin, and she's now hooked.
Yes indeed.  I spoke with Fok directly about it, and he confirmed that he saw no reason for my ban based on my posts.  He was great to work with, quick replies, and very helpful.  Truly impressed by him in this ordeal. (did I really just refer to this as an "ordeal?"  Time to head back into the woods already...)
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