Because you often have no idea how long shoes have been sitting in the store before you buy them, I assume the leather may be drier than ideal. I figure it makes sense to rub a little Saphir cream in the day before I take my shoes for their first spin around the block.
Curious what other folks think about this or do as a matter of practice.
This goes into the category of things I think I should do but end up being too lazy to do right away. In any event, it's a good habit to get into since you'll need to polish the shoes regularly anyway.
My new shoes get brushed, then cleaned with leather soap (not saddle soap), brushed, reno'd, brushed, cream x3 with brushing in between, wax to taste, buff. Toes and heels get Reno Mat instead of leather soap, and lots of wax.