What's a good sensible way of making my everyday leather boots more
I used to use Dubbin but it's messy and takes a long time time to get
Are the aerosol waterproofing sprays for shoes any good? I think they
contain Scotchguard. They seem almost too easy to be good!
Buy a litre of castor oil from the chemist: pour into one boot. Leave
for several days until it's seeping out through the stitching holes.
Pour into the other boot and do the same. Save what's left for redoing
in 10-15 years time...
John wrote in
Thompson's Water Seal, or indeed any silicone based equivalent eg
Wickes own brand.
Read the info on the tin - it does indeed state (at least on the
Thompson's tin) that it's for fabric and leather. And as it's sold as
a building product, while it's not cheap, it is *very considerably*
cheaper than proofing products found in camping and outdoor shops.
Hope this helps
It is: and cheap. It worked perfectly well with Alan's boots (still in
occasional use after about 30 years, and still waterproof after their
second soaking), and my old leather boots (similar age, but retired on
comfort grounds, but still perfectly warterproof last time my son wore
them a couple of years back).
I've used Hydroblock for years now, or the Scarpa equivalent, HS12 I
think, and never had leaking boots, even walking in long wet grass,
untill the leather finaly split that is.
Mineral oil> vaseline> candle wax are all basically the same stuff but
with variation in viscosity and melting point. If you don't want the
boots getting sticky in hot weather, the wax end of the scale would be
best. Easily dissolved in white spirit by sealing it in a jar and
placing in hot water for 30 mins or so. This is probably what most of
the fancy products are based on.
I'm still trying to work out if this is a sensible suggestion or a piss
Surely the oil wrecks the inside of the boot and how on earth do you get
it all out again afterwards?
Does castor oil not have a bad smell? My feet smell bad enough on their own!
I'd love to see the reaction in Meindl if I did this to my boots and
then emailed them asking how to undo it all :)
It's real. Odd maybe, but real enough!
Nope! Waterproof inside and out, so even if you go in the bog up to yer
knees, the boots will survive unscathed. I say nothing of the socks...
;) You should not do this to boots that have membranes or fabric
innards: leather all through is what you need to start with.
You just tip the oil back in the bottle and prop the boots upside down
on some newspaper so any unsoaked up oil trickles out. Might take a few
It doesn't even come off on your socks once it's properly soaked in.
Darkens the leather of the boots is all, and makes it somewhat more pliable.
Sort of clean. Castrol engine oil used to be made from caster oil, and
it smells a little like that, but fainter. My boots don't smell of
anything very much, and certainly not of feet! :D Remember, old
fashioned oilskin that fishermen used to wear were made of leather
soaked in oil, before rubber coatings for canvass came along.
Hehehehehe! Experiment with an old pair. Alan's old boots are Monte
Rosas. Dunno what mine are... Lost in the mists of time and moves!
Ideally clean them with saddle soap (horsey shop, a few quid) as this
helps to lubricate the leather. it also gets it clean.
Then apply a water-resistant dressing. Nikwax or G-wax soft paste
waxes (any outdoor shop) are about the best overall for performance,
accessibility and cleanliness when applied. They're sticky at first,
but wait a minute and just buff lightly with a duster.
Neatsfoot oil or dubbin are not a good idea. Neatsfoot doesn't work
well and goes off in long-term storage. Dubbin is (as you note) filthy