Originally Posted by luzer
help caring my Alden Indy Chromexcel in the modified last, please?
Well, over on the Alden thread, you'll get a lot of advice about how to keep your boots looking nice and pristine. But yours look like you're wearing them to get nice and worn in, scuffed, exposed to water and dirt judging from the wear, actually exposing them to the world. Look up a few posts, and you can see what my natural CXL modifieds look like with my treatment. They've been worn in snow, rain, puddles, and kicked up a lot of sand, and I've worn them every day for 1.5 months so far, which at 40-50 wearings is probably more than many people have ever worn their Indy's already. Yeah, they are much darker because of it, but they are also evenly darker, as the entire boot has been treated with wax and oils. They are more scuff resistant, and they have a beautiful golden brown hue to them.
I use Lexol for conditioning, though any non-petroleum-based oil/conditioner will be fine (this is separate from any wax product). That will hydrate the leather nice and properly. I do this about once every week or two (of wearing mine every day). Then, if you plan on continuing to really expose them to the elements, I recommend a beeswax-based water proofer, like Obenauf's LP (what I use) or Sno-Seal.
But, if you want to keep the light color of the Natural CXL, and plan to keep them as quasi-dress boots, you'll probably get some decent advice over on the main Alden thread (though I saw one person recommend you use brown tinted products on them... make sure you only use neutral colored anything on them, you don't want to be putting anything with pigment on natural cxl).