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 Agreed. Those boots are likely made from cowhide, specifically Chromexcel. Obenauf's HDLP and Sno Seal are use by people in extreme conditions, but isn't necessary otherwise and is even frowned upon by some. I wouldn't even polish unless you have a huge scratch to hide. Until then, just brush/wipe/cleaner them when they're dirty and condition them if they get dry (though your cleaner will probably condition as well). Long story short, these boots likely don't need much...
 I wear an 8.5D Oak Street Trench Boot and 8D Wolverine McClean, though the latter is admittedly less roomy.
 Yeah, my 8D McCleans look tiny compared to my 8.5D Oak Street Trench Boots -- though the latter are admittedly quite blobby.
 I would expect so, but it would likely just be superficially on top rather than embedded in the fibers. Similarly, my burgundy shell shoes often have darker merlot spots from AE's finishing that I mellow out by removing with a cleaner.
 So after a week of "drying", the shoe looked the same. I decided to see whether more vinegar/water solution would slowly lighten them. It didn't seem to, so I decided to finish darkening that one panel. Surprisingly, the results are that bad:  I'd say this photo is a little more flattering than real life, especially at some angles, but it does get the point across. I think I have enough tools now to perhaps do a little more work in evening it out. I actually might give...
 And a different pattern: Mojave:  Gobi:
 My Suede Strand firsts fit way tighter than my calf and shell versions. I think @OptoDoc(?) may've had a similar experience, but I cannot remember for sure.
 Not to rain on the parade, but I actually wanted to ask this before y'all started talking about it: Do you not fine AE's Merlot Calf to be way too dark? Unless I'm outside, my Merlot McAllisters look almost black. I just lately lucked out on some (light) Burgundy Shell Cambridges for $325 that I spent last night cleaning up, and I'm definitely going to keep them and sell off the McAllisters. (They are flawless after 2 remakes, only warn once, and in size 8.5D if anyone is...
 I'm an 8.5D in Strand (5-65) and 9D in Dalton (1-511), and I settled on an 8.5E in the Eagle County. 8.5D may've worked, not sure about 9D, and 9E was definitely too large.
 Hopefully not too off-topic... Thanks for chiming in. Any idea why this is such a hotly debated topic? Has no one asked Saphir? It seems like both sides of the argument are positive the other side is wrong, though I'm not sure which side has presented proof. If I may, what makes you so sure? Is it true for both the Médaille D'Or (MDO) and Beauté Du Cuir (BDC) Renovateur? Actually, what's the difference, anyway? That aside, do you agree Venetian Shoe Cream has turpentine...
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