Originally Posted by Crane's
I actually recommend treating your boots in the manner I describe to anyone. The simple reason is mitigation versus having to deal with something as a reaction to a situation. Some of the nastiest garbage I have ever stepped in was in a city environment. Some bar floors resemble a cesspool. A walk in a park might mean you step in a pile of dog crap or black goo mud. Plain and simply there is no harm done by the apparent overkill that I recommend. It only takes one incident to completely screw up dry or untreated/lightly treated leather.
All I'm doing is asking questions.
I agree on VSC; I don't like it as a product either. However, Nick Horween himself says he uses it. Merely something that warrants consideration. If neatsfoot oil is rotting on your shoes, you are using too much. Filson boot oil may have been specifically made to condition full grain veg tan leather, but what's in it? I use none of the above as my conditioners.
Let's not resort to insults here. I'm not a clown, and I did not ruin a pair of 1ks with salt. I'd have to be a pretty big idiot to do that. I don't even live in Chicago. I have not even made a single recommendation that could tell you how much or little I know about leather.
They were indeed a premium workboot line, made out of shell cordovan. However, how many people are really using it as such? And how useful is a leather-soled workboot?
As for the harm done, there is some harm done. It completely changes the look of the leather, and generally flattens the depth of colour. It darkens shoes significantly. It reduces the amount that boots can patina. It reduces breathability, increasing the temperature of the inside environment and leading to more sweating, and that excess moisture can cause damage. If you're looking for perfect waterproofing, you'll never get it. GYW construction isn't perfectly waterproof. For that, I urge you to look at veldtschoen construction. For most people's situations, cxl is already quite water resistant, and you never need much more. For other things, care is very simple. Wax treatments also trap dirt and dust, which can cause damage over the long run.
Personally, I am not a fan of treating my boots with things that have the potential to cause negative side effects, especially when the protective benefits of that treatment aren't needed. Nor are they needed by most.