needs foot oil breaks leather down and will shorten the life of the holster. Use skidmores leather cream. www.skidmores.com ya can order from them on line. Just a dab will do ya and ofcourse lots of wear and use as sheepdog said and your going to love that holster. I have one just like it I love it. BTW I use skidmores on both of my custom made saddles as a matter of fact the saddle maker is the one that told me about skidmores.