I am old school and have always used saddle soap and shoe polish on my boots, but I recently read of someone who treated their boots just as they did their tack -- with leather cleaner followed by leather conditioner. What are the pros and cons of each method, and can you switch back and forth?
I have heard from the lady at the tack store (and just read it again today in Practical Horseman) that you should never use saddle soaps on your boots as it can permanently dull the shine. They prefer you just use water if possible to clean them (they said very light castile soap if you need a touch more cleaning) then shoe polish.
I don't think anyone is questioning the leather CLEANER, it's the leather CONDITIONER, which puts oil into the leather. This softens it, but apparently also prevents polish from adhering. Or so the theory goes.
And when I say CLEANER, I'm not referring to saddle soap, but the cleaners they sell for leather car seats, such as Lexol and Meltonian.