Originally Posted by linafelt
In my experience these leathers are not as waterproof as we might like them to be. Certainly water seeps through my CXL boots pretty easily. I remember some feathers getting ruffled on the old OSB board when I posted that my boots had soaked through a bit after about 20 minutes in light rain, cause claims had been made about how "waterproof" the leather was. But it's just not. (And it's not just OSB -- I have Alden and White's in CXL, and it seems about the same. In your case it looks like the water soaked through right where you'd expect, on the front of toe where water keeps hitting when you walk, even in a light rain. In fact, I'd say they did pretty well for an hour in the rain...
This is one of those areas where practicality and appearance are somewhat at odds. If you want any footwear of this style and construction method to be truly waterproof without a DWR membrane layer then you need to be waxing your boots with something like Obenhaufs or SnoSeal. That is what they are for, and why the exist in this world, and why traditional boot makers like Galibier even use pitch and wax to seal stitching from the factory. These products make the leather duller and show less variation in color that we love, and are overkill for many, which is why they aren't commonly recommended around here.
I'm just honest with myself on each pair of boots - do I want them to develop an instagram patina for nights on the town, or will I actually be walking around in the mud and snow and water with them, and then treat them accordingly. I still love the look of my Obenhauf'd boots, it is just a different look than my "nicer" boots.