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feicht - September 8, 2011 03:45 AM (GMT)
Figured I'd ask this here since I seem to remember some of you maybe doing stuff like this before...

Anyway, I have a pair of leather boots that I bought in February which have been through hell, but are nice boots and I'd hate to have to buy new ones. But the leather is all scuffed up, especially around the toes and even has some cracks in it now. They used to be completely waterproof (helpful in those Austrian winters) but lately I've noticed they leak a little bit, and with winter approaching now, I can only see it getting worse.

Any tips for fixing them up? I can post some pictures if need be to detail the damage, but basically I guess I'm just looking for something which can 1) smooth out the deep scuff marks on the toes and 2) fill the cracks and make them waterproof again.... all while keeping them looking halfway decent.

Anthony - September 8, 2011 03:50 PM (GMT)
There are bottles you can buy at places like EMS or REI that have a "sponge" attached to the end and you rub on this waterproofing stuff. If there are "holes" in your boots that you can see, then it won't help, but it's more of a seam sealer.

As for scuffs...they are boots...they get scuffed!

I had a pair where one toe wore through and you could see the steel!

Mike - September 8, 2011 09:06 PM (GMT)
go to a horse saddle store, they have good shit for leather

Dennis - September 8, 2011 10:56 PM (GMT)
Your best bet would probably be to take it an actual shoe repair shop. They do still exist believe it or not. I googled it and there's 3 in my area. It's more expensive then doing it yourself, but still cheaper then buying a new pair.

feicht - September 9, 2011 03:55 AM (GMT)
The damndest thing is that this is actually the first time I've ever had a pair of boots where the top fucks up before the bottom. The soles are actually still in great shape, it's just that the cracked leather is bothering me and I just don't want to get frostbite walking to school this winter, ya know?

I got some like, scuff covering polish stuff last night and it got them back to being black which is cool, and you can't see the deep scuffs on the toes as much anymore, but they're still there. I am just wondering with THAT part if I can like, hit it with some sandpaper or something, then polish over it maybe? :hmm: But yeah the cracks are gonna bother me...

Also as for scuffs=boots... well, the thing is, these also kinda double as my "dress shoes" as well, so I kind of need them to be halfway decent :lol:

Anthony - September 9, 2011 10:45 PM (GMT)
Buy a "cheap" pair of dress shoes and let your boots be boots...and what kind of boots do you have that can double for dress shoes?

And wear two pairs of socks to prevent frostbite...regular cotton socks, then a thick wool sock over that.

feicht - September 10, 2011 12:02 AM (GMT)
Yeah but it doesn't matter how many pairs of socks I'm wearing if my feet are all wet because my boots leaked, ya know? I already had to deal with that last year when we went snowshoeing in the Alps while I still had my old boots, and I had to wear fuckcing plastic bags on my feet and shit... that was not super pleasant.

Crimson - September 10, 2011 12:19 AM (GMT)
not sure about the cracks...but look for a product called Dubbin..probably the best stuff for waterproofing leather.

Anthony - September 10, 2011 01:36 AM (GMT)
What brand of boots do you have that cracked?

feicht - September 10, 2011 02:21 AM (GMT)
The brand is "Rocky". I think part of the problem is i didn't do any preventative maintenance on them before I like climbed mountains and walked through snowy streets every day for 3 months. But the toe bits, I'm not sure what's up with them... I guess from like scraping on stairs and shit, I dunno. But they are fairly ground down.

Anthony - September 10, 2011 03:34 AM (GMT)
Danner are top notch I've read, but I've never owned any..I do have HH boots, Altama and Chippewa of their American made lines..although you've got to pay $100+ for a pair like those. Timberland boots are made overseas and are a little cheaper, and the two pairs I've had of those never leaked or gave me problems.

One thing I know is that mud/sand/dirt/salt left on boots will deteriorate them faster.

feicht - September 10, 2011 04:23 AM (GMT)
Mine were over 100 bucks too. But I'm really thinking it was the lack of pre-treatment that really did them in. I mean it's not that they're in horrible shape now or anything, but I really do wish I had treated them with some kind of sealant or something bevor I started Alpine hiking and stuff in them.

Crimson - September 10, 2011 06:48 AM (GMT)
just grab some freesole or shoegoo or similar product to fill the really well.

and some leather waterproofing.


I've used both...currently i have a pair Hanwag boots that i've been treating with the dubbin...just spent the last five days in the arctic tundra with no problems..rained most of the days.

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