I have a dilemma. A couple months ago i ponied up the $$$ for a nice pair of boots that were made in USA. I work in a damp environment, running a pair of stone cutting saws. Water is constantly sprayed on the blades to cool, lubricate, and to keep the dust down. Im not wading through puddles, but its pretty wet. I had gotten some fiebings neatsfoot oil as Ive seen recommended on here, but it seems after a week my boots have started to crack and we all know cracks will only grow. It made me wonder if the neatsfoot oil was causing some of this, as I had used it on my previous pair of boots and over a couple months they went from looking decent, to hideously cracked. Ruined. I was cutting alot of limestone and wondered if perhaps that had something to do with it. Now Ive read something saying neatsfoot oil WILL damage leather over time, making it brittle! I can almost forgive it if it over time, but this was within a week. Could it have been something in the way the leather was finished? Truely hate to think a pair of chinesian boots lasted longer than a pair of USA made boots. It aint right! I realize my work environment will take a toll on any pair of boots, American or otherwise. I cant afford to buy new boots every couple months. What products are out there that will give leather some protection against moisture, but wont damage it? 256.34 different products that claim to help, and now I find some do more damage than good! Whats a man to do?? Thanks fellas. Note, its worse now than when I was wearing them, once they started leaking I didnt really care anymore and was looking for replacements. Still at any rate, its frustrating to think Ive unknowingly set the demise of a nice pair of boots.