Oh crap, sorry, that was "mink" oil on those, not obenaufs. I'd expect similar results, but didn't mean to mislead you. I liked the "before" color better, but not going to lose any sleep over it. Eventually wear and tear would probably get to a similar place. I'm no expert, but if you really like the original color, I'd say wear them in the rain first, and then sno-seal them if your feet get wet.