I've had a brown pair of the original 1000 boots for over a year and love them. I don't do anything special in terms of care; I initially put on a good vibram halfsole and otherwise just give them an occasional horsehair brushing, esp. around the welt. So nice - my favorite boots for almost any occasion.
Recently, I acquired a pair in rust. I took them out for a good 5-6 mile hike on flat terrain through some forest and fields. Throughout the morning the boots became wet with dew and later, on dryer trails, the boots got dusty. I've done this type of thing countless times with other boots. Well, the rust pair did not respond well at all to this use. When I returned to my house and removed the boots, I noticed the leather at the back of each boot had shed most of it 's finish. In a few areas where the hems of my jeans were touching the finish just wore away in dime-sized circles -- almost as if the leather had been burned. I treed the boots and allowed them to dry, hoping these areas would recover, but no dice. The leather at the heels now looks dead, like gray meat.
I've worn lots of good boots and I'm well-acquainted with the horween chromexel leather (been wearing early generation Roy boots and Leather Soul's first chrmxl Alden NST boot for the past 2 years) so I'm pretty familiar with how this leather wears. (Also, as I say, I couldn't be happier with my first pair of Wolves.) But I'm very unhappy with the leather on these new rust boots. The boots look bad and I don't know what to think.
I guess I'm seeking opinions on what my next move should be. I don't know if you can see from the pics, but the grey areas are not indigo stains laying on top of the leather (which happens to my other boots and is fine) but the result of the finish being pulled away. I considered trying some polish followed by mink oil but don't want to make it worse.