My Aussie friend Jules made RMs known to me. One piece leather and all.
Here are mine, craftsmans in chestnut with cuban heel, bought in 2005/6 with regular use since. They have been treated about a month ago with RM chestnut cream @ a street "polisher" (don't know the exact word) near work. Generally I treat them 1-2 times per year. Never used trees on them.