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Jac

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Waterproofing new leather boots
« on: 13:40:38, 02/02/19 »

Sorry to raise another thread on this topic but..............................


Partner has just bought new Altbergs and I remember not too long ago a thread which quoted Whalley W & D's very detailed instruction for 'waxing' new boots.
I've searched both on here and their own site but I'm [censored]****** if I can find it. Anyone else remember it?
So many paths, so little time

kinkyboots

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Re: Waterproofing new leather boots
« Reply #1 on: 14:04:30, 02/02/19 »

Jac

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Re: Waterproofing new leather boots
« Reply #2 on: 23:51:23, 02/02/19 »
This link might be what you're looking for?

http://www.walkingforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=37346.msg529788#msg529788



Brilliant thank you.
He has very narrow feet so Altbergs width fittings are really necessary for him. He's had several pairs of  Fremingtons but they  crack across the toe at the flexing point. D
espite him treating them regularly with Ledergris they[/color][/font][/size]
don't last 2 years.
I thought if he started with this it might help them to last a bit longer.[/color][/font][/size]

So many paths, so little time

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Re: Waterproofing new leather boots
« Reply #3 on: 07:04:22, 03/02/19 »
This earlier thread regarding flex cracking on may be worth a read http://www.walkingforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=37261.0

Apart from drying the boots out slowly at the correct room temperature and storing them in correct conditioms applying an additional regular coat of a good leather conditioner such as Berghaus Leather Conditioner (if you can still find any) or Grangers Leather Conditioner across the flex points may also help.

Applying any leather treatment requires time and effort to really work the oils contained in the product down into the fibres of the leather and is best done by hand using the heat from your fingers. In my experience a quick brush on and brush off is just not enough.

When new Altberg boots arrive from the factory having had only minimal treatment and the leather is quite dry and it may require several coats to build up the initial level of waterproofing and conditioning to a satisfactory level.