Thanks for this, gents. I have also tended to use a very small amount of clear cream on new shoes. Now I have GlenKaren in neutral and will use that. I still have doubts about putting anything on new shoes. I used to rationalise this by thinking that shoes must be in dusty, working conditions for a lot of the time. Then I realised that the shoes are always given a final buffing before they leave the factory. I suppose my other reason for doing something, straight out of the box is to soften the leather a bit and stop them becoming creased, too quickly. Finally, it makes me feel better!