Originally Posted by asdsime
Do you guys put any protector/cream on the boots before wearing or do you just wear it as is and apply afterwards?
From what I can tell it depends on the boot & leather type, how you will use it (important) and your preference visually. Seems like many products can darken the leather slightly (some significantly and some returns to normal after a day or so). Many say apply something to protect them from the elements etc. Some prefer the worn in look.
For my Chipp's (plain toe wedge in crazy horse) I spoke to Chippewa themselves (Justin Brands) who said treat them as nap/nubuc or suede and only apply a suede weather protector. The shop I got them from don't do anything with their boots and they like them looking natural and rugged (I think I'm in this camp, although Its cheaper for the shop to replace them in a few years if the leather drys out etc).
I am using them as a "casual" boot to wear with denim. They will never be in snow or go hiking. Never used for back country stuff so they don't need Obenhaufs LP or something like that. I just wear them around home, in the city and suburbs, parks and on "normal" holidays or daytrips. Nothing my sneakers wouldn't do. I could be caught in the rain but not hiking in the rain.
I decided to not do anything. The leather looked fine, they are stupidly comfortable out of the box with no break in really (sneaker lvl comfy) and I love the colour so I don't want to risk darkening it. I have some Bick 4 which I'll use in a few years or as needed if the leather looks dry.