i picked up some cordovan polish and it's covered up the gouge beautifully. there is still a small indent there, but the colour match is good. other questions - how often am i going to have to touch up the gouge? does the pigments from the polish eventually work into the leather over time? - does it make sense to polish these (or any shoes, for that matter) when new for some extra protection? - does anyone use the red wing suggested mink oil for waterproof leather? - if not mink oil then cream polish? and why one or the other?