ohh, and was hoping there were still some hidden recipes for that final stage, when you cream and polish a new made boot for the first time
The waxed calf has gone out of favour a century ago; that thing was really, well saying it to the point, the maintenance would scare even Cruella De Ville.
The only practical aspect of that thing was the scratches issue; the boot was always like new after it was bone-smoothed.
The modern French Calf leathers are easy to maintain, however hiding the scratches with layers of shoe paste or other high-resin scratch-hiding paste products is just non effective; so even if boots are a symbol of sturdiness, one has to dance in them like if made of satin (and then you get a scratch from some hard decorative plastic in your car).
I've just put a pair of my black boots through the "renovating" maintenance; Saphir RenoMat to remove the old layers and then 4 coats of Saphir paste; I think I'l have to apply one more layer of cream before putting on the wax (polish). Some work; 1 hour for each coat. And there was this small cut I've got in my city car; grrr.
The worst part of it all is that the art of bootmaking is disappearing. My last boots were made in Germany; now they don't make them anymore; they've even got rid of the equipment.
Asked the Italians; they warned me, that they would base them on a shoe and that the result might be slightly different from my expectations.
Now one has to travel to Rome, where there is one master left, or go to England to visit Horace Batten. Practically one has to travel across half Europe for a pair of walking boots (not riding).
At least Hollywood saved the Western boot in The States.