I haven't had problems with my Strands, no. Thanks for the advice though; I'm gonna keep 'em. Strangely, the Shoe Care Reference PDF says to use Conditioner/Cleaner (CC) and Saddle Soap (SS) on the "Wax Infused" McTavishes, CC and Premium Polish (PP) on the "Distressed" one, and just CC (but no SS, PP, or Leather Lotion (LL)) on the Cognac McTavishes. Interestingly, the "Saddle Waxy" leather of the Elgins call for CC and LL. My guess is that SS is only good for the "Wax Infused" leathers, but you would think it would work for "Saddle Waxy" leathers, too. Hell, it has "Saddle" and "Wax" in the name! It seems that CC is okay for just about anything. Do we think the same is true for LL?