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Banish those wet boots
Since I was a young fella I’ve always looked after my boots and shoes, using traditional shoe dressings like Nugget and dubbin. Latterly though I’ve used a variety of waterproofing dressings, and have found some better than others.
Huberds is not dissimilar to some other brands in appearance but unlike many treatments its all-natural beeswax base has no solvents or animal fats. The benefit of this is that it won’t damage the leather or the stitching and it won’t attack the glues that hold your boots together. An added benefit is that it will still let the leather breathe, and won’t affect the performance of the expensive breathable linings. Huberds is also a leather preservative which keeps the leather supple and helps stop it drying out and cracking.
To test the grease I cleaned my boots, and when they were dry and slightly warmed I applied the Huberds grease as per the instructions. It’s quite soft and viscous and as such it penetrated well and was easy to work into the tight spots. I took the boots up to the snow at Ngamatea Station and then for a good walk into the Rimutaka Forest Park, making deliberate stream crossings and kicking trail debris to scuff the surface of the leather. A few weeks later I noticed that the leather was still beading off the water and in terms of protecting the leather, that’s as good as I have seen from any treatment; combined with the natural base, easy application and non-clogging nature it makes Huberds a solid choice when it comes to looking after your expensive boots.
Huberds is also available as oil, and in larger 213g tins.
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