In theory there is a choice in all styles. For High Liability the choice is between Altberg Defender and Haix Scout. In some units the choice is made by individual soldiers but in other units its made higher up.
Got my issue brown boots this week, in the box was a tube of brown 'polish', comes in a bottle with the sponge thing on the end. You know, the way civvies 'polish' their shoes. Probably not going to shine very well so I wonder how long before RSMs start demanding we get some real polish on there?
We've heard various versions of what to use from various different people in my unit, but almost all have come to the consensus that Kiwi Dark Tan and other brands of dark tan make your boots look like something from a seventies stage show with their interesting colours.
Kiwi mid tan does, however, seem to do a decent job and I have found that the dreaded civvy liquid polish with a sponge that kiwi make in brown does a half decent job, and is so far the only thing i have found which effectively covers the scuffs and scrapes on all that extra plastic on the toe and sides of the Haix high-liability boot.