Yet another triumph of expediency, perforce.
Notwithstanding that there seems to be considerably more available now than when I began so many years ago.
Is it possible to have a pair of bespoke shoes completely made of veg tan leather - from the heel to the sole to the smallest detail? I am dreaming of one. I really have to battle a time proportion to come and pay you a visit some times.
And if anything, I like leather shoes that are only dyed lightly on the surface, especially Navy color. I don't like vat dyed stuffs. I prefer the leather to show its true nature if it was scuffed.
During summer care, I normally exclude those products, and instead just apply Lexol when the leather is damp.
However, during the colder winter months (when sometimes I even wear my normal shoes out the snow), I'd have 'em oiled and greased.
Shell is an exception, because it's veg tanned and was hot stuffed.
They would absorb the right amount, Jerry, and they won't get soggy. Dry leather would suck up the liquid nourishment in matters of seconds, and create the illusion of them being very dry, when in fact, those excess conditioner will make the leather damn soggy in later wear, and possibly prevent a shine, even.
Apply the product when damp will give it just the right amount, and will prevent the leather from getting soggy. When the leather is completely dry, it will not prevent a shine - you can even brush the surface and get the healthy, smooth look.