I bought these boots on etsy with a bit of money sent to me by my grandmother for the holidays. I suspect they are new old stock from the late 80s, as their thin crepe soles show no wear whatsoever. They are really slim, which is great: for once, it'll be a good thing when the leather stretches/relaxes a bit.
... but I thought they could use a few minor changes...
I had a shoe repair man take the back seam in a little (easy to do, since they are exposed, and there's no lining) so they would fit my ankles and not flop around.
I polished them with cordovan shoe polish - a rich purply brown, that I knew would get into the leather's texture.
I replaced the original laces (one was torn, anyway!) with the last bit of leather thong I had leftover from an old Halloween costume.