Originally Posted by trvlr472
I've got a pair of the Classic Work Boots in the brown oil finish and I had them leather lined. It's very stiff stuff. I'm thinking that so many like the Chromexcel because it probably is more comforatable and "stretchy" than other leathers which makes it more comfortable right out of the box. it also requires less maintenance from what I have read. I could be wrong but that is what I'm thinking. When I get a pair of SD's I may very well go with the Chromexcel.
It will require much more maintenance. I don't know who told you it requires less maintenance, but perhaps there is some kind of miscommunication. Every scuff shows and it takes very, very little to scuff chromexcel.
I should point out though, that my experience with cxl is limited to the cxl on my wolverine 1000 miles.
Of course cxl is more comfortable and doesn't require much break in... and oil tanned leather is stiffer and requires break in. It's like comparing velvet to iron. With cxl, you get a comfy boot right out of the box. The cost of that is that the leather ages overnight (or develops patina... but I'll let that alone without going on a rant about fake distress...), it scuffs if you even look at it funny, it creases and the uncolored leather shows through the creases in no time, the color rubs off on your jeans at certain points, and you'll be either letting it go to shit or brushing it after every wear to keep it from looking ratty.
However, it has an almost rabid following among people who have an interest in collecting footwear and such, so perhaps my limited experience with it has caused me to have the wrong impression.