I have a 1971 Rolex Submariner. I have a 1929 Gibson L5 guitar. I have Flight Suits classic bomber jackets, where the maker specifies the hides and the tanning in detail.
I use all that stuff. I dress like I was at summer Scout camp Echockotee in Duval County.
I believe raw materials will be around long after the cost of labor is forgotten, so get good stuff. You'll be looking at it for a long time. I believe that some classic designs are very satisfying, intact. All they need is *execution,* not elaboration.
Camp moccasins are one such. These Gilman model shoes fulfilled my expectations in every way. I always reach a decision point, whether to saddle-soap a new pair of good leather shoes or let them age on their own. A month or so has passed and they're getting Fiebings saddle soap soon. Only to age down the shine.
I now have three pairs from Rancourt--these, a dark brown pair of the same with pebble grain leather, and a 10-year-old single shoe, part of a freshly saddle-soaped pair where the other went missing. I'm keeping it in hopes that its mate is merely misplaced and not a chewed-up shipwreck, the victim of one of our dogs.
That's my $.02. You know what the shoes look like--hence the pic of the Flight Suits relic A2 bomber jac.