Nice pair! Cue half this thread rushing to buy saphir and kiwi neutral...
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Should be OK. The leather does contain oils when they are fresh from the factory.
Even if the leather does not get wet there are distinct benefits to using something like Obenaufs to prevent the leather from drying out in heat, dust and dirt. I live in California and use Obenaufs LP a few times a year on all my boots.
I wish I knew. All the local cobblers have hit-or-miss reviews on yelp, and everything online for mail-ins is spendy. =/
Rain won't harm leather.
They are rust. I guess the shade was throwing off my wb as they appear more #8 CXL toned. The bottom, top-view pic is pretty accurate in color. The Saphir darkened them up, and then I used Brown Kiwi on the toe.
Go to the cobbler, and ask if you can see an example of his resoling work. You should be able to tell pretty quickly how good he is, he should be able to properly discuss the soles and heels he wants to use. If you ask to see your choices, he should be able to let you know which ones you want. It doesn't need to be a masterpiece, it just needs to be properly stitched, properly sanded and edged.
Wow, that's a great color you got out of Rust. Will have to try your method on my own Rust 1Ks as I'm loving the sheen you have.
Oops, I see that I said I used Neutral and then said I used Brown. To clarify, when they were new I used brown, and the color pretty much stayed on the toe. Then recently I used Neutral.
Thanks for compliments :D
Honestly, as Crane has mentioned, just giving them a really good brushing makes them look great - CXL loves being brushed as much as shell, and moreso than typical calf shoes in my experience.