Indeed they need so much?
When you said it will never be banned, somehow it brings me a nostalgic smell of money and political involvement. A water treatment plan like ones from Horween would cost a crazy bunch of money, and so is the production of proper vegetable calf.
As of the sticky post, why the hell did we call it a shoe care thread anyway LOL!!!
Too frequent use of an actual working conditioner will weaken the leather's overall integrity by loosening the fibers too much, but then again, something like saphir renovaeur is a mere polish, which can cause the phenomenon of an improper amount of moisture.
I just so happened to be looking at a unique Alden Indy boot make up on Ebay that was made with veg tanned calf, and doing just a basic search of "veg tanned leather care" and "veg tanned leather water" on google, found numerous pages and quotes that seem to agree that it was more susceptible to staining and water damage. Again, I am no expert, but since I ran across this in the last 24 hours, thought I might just throw it out there… some quotes included:
"Vegetable tanned leather is very porous and susceptible to staining from water and …"
"...and does not discolor or lose shape as drastically in water as vegetable-tanned."
"It is important to keep in mind that vegetable tanned leather that is “unfinished” is not as water resistant as other tannages…"
NIce to hear about that correction. Thank you. I was kind of concerned after reading some of that stuff online, but I guess I can throw that out the window now.
I believe that once vegetable tanned leather was burnished, it is actually a lot less porous than anything else. However, inadequately protected can results in its vulnerability in dealing with inclement weather or harsh environment.
One reason I love veg tanned leather is the rigid trait inherited through the tanning process. Breaking in can be time consuming, but in return, it is durable.
If a pair of shoes have to rely too much on coloration without any inherited characteristic of natural aging process, I don't see a real value in buying it spending a large amount of money.