I have to say that I am very happy with my shitty acrylic coat of Alden Shell #8.
Seriously Travers, we all love different shoes, leathers, colours, polishing products...I even love my CG Grafton Churchs for winter time. We do not need to be so radical with those issues and the best thing is to experiment and try to enjoy with all of them.
If you love 'em, go ahead, just as how I hate them. Remember what I said several times ago - my influence remains my influence, as your shoes are up to your hands to do whatever you want on them.
If they ain't corrected grain, it's unreasonable, and to a point, deceptive, to cover them up with such chemicals. If it ain't broken, don't fix it. I have to take these coatings off because they prevent the leather from being at its best. And look at the dye job. They did it like how Bush was trying to cover his wrong doings up (LOL political reference).
As of radical, I'm not one of those uber liberals. I've been advocating experiments with shoe leathers and shoe care products ever since I officially voice and enter myself on this thread.
Your advice on "try to enjoy" does not work with someone like me. If I don't like it, then, I don't like it. If I have a chance to remove it, then hell freaking yeah is the answer.