This is imo a prime example of boots that looks much better in well-worn condition than when they were brand new..
This thread really got me excited about my boots again! I've basically just did light maintenance then left them untouched since May. So today I conditioned them with a light amount of Mustang Paste, then gave them a shine/polish, I think they are honestly looking better than ever. Really reaffirms that I really like adding polishing to my maintenance routine. The colour is very deep and rich, and with a light polish, they have more lustre and depth of colour as well as looking cleaner.
I compared then with my Onderhoud derby that I wish to bring to a similar state with wear, you can see on the tongue of the boots, the original colour, quite similar to the derbies, but the rest of the shoe, especially the lower portions have aged very nicely and become a rich caramel whiskey brown colour. I'm falling in love with these boots all over again!