Today my combat boots/desert boots finally gave up, after several months’ daily use. The steel bar in the sole popped out through the instep, simultaneously on both boots. So I chucked them in the bin and got out the back-up pair. First job: coat the new boots with leather protector. I did notice that the pair I just chucked away were noticeably darker on the front of the right boot from playing football with Sparky.
(Sparky says: “Sparky does not care about your boots. Just play Ball with me”).
Time to buy a new back-up pair of boots.