No doubt! Less color to strip away before working on the new color. Reminds me of the 'raw' shoes Septième Largeur offers for custom patina work: http://www.septiemelargeur.fr/homme-r-fr.html?couleur=NATUREL&taille=
Roger, the Westminsters look great.
The original color was pretty fugly. Maple is perhaps the elusive Band-Aid color Manton once wrote about; it looked like undyed leather with just a hint of burnishing.