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bigphil

How do I waterproof my boots?

II'm still searching for the ideal boot.

I prefer the walking boot type and generally wear them at all times when not at work.

The last pair did really well on repelling water and wore well. I replaced them with a new pair of the same make but a different model (the old model discontinued). However the new pair invites water into my boots to have a party making wet weather a misery.
The shop will not take them back as they have been worn.

How do I waterproof them?

I've tried a spray recommended by the local cobbler and that seemed to have no effect at all.

Please help.

Happy Xmas and New Year
Bazzer

If leather, layer after layer of dubbin worked in with a finger all over the boot with extra on the stitching.
Takes ages but it works with Army Boots.
bigphil

I had heard of lanolin with silicone being used on leather, have you?

If so, any good?
lilwitedogs

Don't know if you can find either of these over there, but I use either mink oil or a product called Sno-Seal.  With either of them, I warm the leather a bit to melt it in.
Ratman

If you are able to get hold of some goose fat, melt it slowly with a tin of boot polish the colour you are after.
Mix together and then pour into a container and allow to set. Apply this to your boots as you would normal polish. Waterproof ??
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mogs

dubbin has always worked for me.
mrutty

Dubbin will rot the stiching, use Nitwax or Grangers G-Wax (just warm it slightly before hand).
Pilsbury

Yep another vote for nitwax here, always used it on my boots and they are fine.
mogs

my ex-OH was in the Army, and when he was on leave we used to walk an awful lot, so used to buy the most expensive leather hiking boots we could afford.
in order to get them to fit comfy quickly, he used to stand or walk in water until the boots were soaked, them let them dry on his feet....he never had trouble with blisters or anything else, then he would dubb them time and time again....and no leaks.....
not sure if it was an army trick or something his dad taught him from his years as a warden....but it seemed to work.....
mrutty

mogs wrote:
my ex-OH was in the Army, and when he was on leave we used to walk an awful lot, so used to buy the most expensive leather hiking boots we could afford.
in order to get them to fit comfy quickly, he used to stand or walk in water until the boots were soaked, them let them dry on his feet....he never had trouble with blisters or anything else, then he would dubb them time and time again....and no leaks.....
not sure if it was an army trick or something his dad taught him from his years as a warden....but it seemed to work.....


Wet leather fit is an old trick and it works really well. You're softening the leather so it can mold to you foot shape.

I used my Scarpa BX Attak  boots two weeks ago, hadn't worn them for about 8 years, still perfect. The boots must be 15 years old and still my perfect boot. Cost a packet when I got them but paid me back many times over.

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