Depending on how often you wear your waterproof boots, it may not be necessary to reproof after every wear but reproofing regularly will help prolong their waterproof properties. This guide will show you how to waterproof your leather, suede, nubuck leather and fabric walking boots to ensure your feet continue to stay dry.
Over time and without proper care, leather can dry out and crack as natural oils and moisture are lost.
Dubbin can help restore waterproof properties whilst conditioning and softening the leather.
A leather boot conditioner will help keep your boots supple but it’s important not to overdo it as leather walking boots are designed to be supportive and not too soft. Only condition when you feel the leather is getting dry or cracked, not every time you wear your boots.
Conditioning leather boots tends to work best when they are damp as the product will absorb better. As the water evaporates, it will pull the conditioner deep into the leather’s pores.
A waterproof spray designed for footwear works to restore the water repellency to nubuck and suede boots.
Do not apply dubbin wax to suede or nubuck leather boots. Dubbin is designed for smooth leather and can ruin the ‘furry’ feel of nubuck and suede and is also likely to stain.
A Spray on Proofer will help you restore the water repellency of fabric walking boots.
Fabric boots can be harder to clean than leather boots but it’s worth making the effort to ensure they are cleaned properly. Dirt particles left in the fabric can cause the fibres to decay and reduce the lifespan of your boots.
All of the products needed to restore the water repellency to your boots or shoes are available from our range of clothing and footwear waterproofers. If you’ve reproofed your boots and they continue to allow moisture in, it may be time to replace them. Click here to view our range of walking boots!