For my treks I used 'Liquid Aquaseal' (LA) that is put on with an enclosed dauber that is attached to the bottle. I tried it in an inconspicuous spot to see if it would darken the leather to an almost black appearance, which is undesirable as I find the brown treks look very different to me than black, and that is confirmed by the comments I get from people, including friends and family. The LA did darken the leather but it also lightened back up some after a few days. So I said the heck with it and did the whole shoes. I made sure to concentrat BETWEEN the toes, which in my experience is the entry point. I waited 4 days to allow them to be absolutely dry and uniform in color. They darkened overall, but IMHO not to an unattractive tone.
I agree that the Trek LS looks too light, but when it is waterproofed, the soles really stand out. Is there a way to darken the visible part of the sole?
7/10" rain today. 6 to 11 more INCHES expected by Monday.Tropical storm lee.... Anyway. So far so good, my feet have not been this dry since work boots/rubber boots!
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