I'm curious, but are you referring to your post from a couple of months ago regarding the color fading after using saddle soap? I thought of you when I posted a couple of pages back about my experience with my Long Branches (look at my post from earlier today). I started to have similar fears about the finish on my boots and that was part of what prompted me to do some digging and found that their recommendations are different on the shoe care pdf on their website. Interestingly, one of the discrepancies that I have caught is between the Rapid City and the Cognac McTavish. Both shoes are made from Horween Cognac Dublin Leather. However, they say to use Conditioner/Cleaner and Walnut Polish on the Rapid City, whereas they say to use Saddle Soap on the McTavish. The care should be the same for these two shoes I would think. Just curious about what happened with yours.