O...K sir! It shouldn't be done then...
(I know of the horror stories)
No, Pat, I wasn't saying chrome is poor (french boxcalf was full chrome), I was saying that AE's calf quality isn't great. Not that all chrome leathers are poor. Our military used to use chrome leather for boots because full veg tanned leather boots rots in France.
Sir, the first batch of the trench boots made for our troops during The First Great War (respectively WW1) was made of full vegetable pit tanned leather, including the sole. They later on had the upper chrome and veg retanned, and then on in the 60s full chrome to save money, as you said. But the Pershing boots were chromed veg retanned.
Come to think about it, though, you're more right than I am, because the troops had to stand in mud, dirt, and poisonous water more than we do.
Russia Calf, sir, was drenched in aromatic oil, which, I believe, was a great contribution.
Well, for the part of the scandal, did it happened in our boots supply in the US as well? I knew of our troops' bitter complains about British ammo boots, but the prime concern on our US boots were rotting issues.
Chrome tanned leather certainly is toxic and damaging. Imagine how long chrome or metal takes to be dispose of, and I cannot sleep well.
Personally, I would stick to vegetable tanned leather any day in the week, and any minutes in the hour. But it seems like they are getting rare (as of shoe leather, especially smooth calf).