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    Leather Work Boots,, Silicone,, or Beeswax??

    SURPRISE!! I got my old leather work boots wet,,,
    Who would guess with the rainy year we have had so far,,

    So, I went out and found a new pair of 6" Wolverine work boots I like.

    Normally, I never "treat" the leather, I just wear them. But, with all the rain, who knows when it will stop?

    I have read about two schools of thought to protect leather,,,
    1) Silicone, or 2) beeswax

    Silicone simply sprays on, wax needs multiple coats, and a hair dryer to soften the wax,,,
    The silicone I would guess is MUCH easier,,,

    Since I am a novice at treating leather,, I am lost,,

    Which product should I put on the boots, silicone, or wax??

    OR, is there some other "magic leather potion"??
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    My work boots I don’t treat but when I was younger and around cows we always treated them with neatsfoot oil. I probably still should if it still exists.

    I have treated many pair of suede or leather shoes of my sweetheart’s with silicone spray. It is easy to do and it seems to work very well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herminator View Post
    My work boots I don’t treat but when I was younger and around cows we always treated them with neatsfoot oil. I probably still should if it still exists.
    Thats the first time I heard of "neatsfoot oil" since I quit playing baseball after graduation. Used it on. Ball gloves constantly
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    I bought a new pair of high dollar(for me anyway) steel toed work boots recently. I treated them several times with Cadillac Boot & Shoe Care, then applied Scotchgard Shoe Guard for Leather. Hopefully, this will work out. I just discovered that I have severely damaged the toe, so will have to re-apply everything.

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    back when we was younger--my dad used neatfoot oil-and then would set his work shoes on top of the tin covering the coal furnace for the night. next morning the shoe was nice and soft. us boys used to use something like it-but i can't remember it-snow-somethingit done a pretty good job-and we done the same thing with our shoes. but...........that was only done in the wintertime-as in the summer no fire in furnace
    nobody had heard of hand held hair blow dryers back then we worked in the woods every saturday during school, and every day during summer, and with a heavy dew in the mornings, or a rain that was heavy the night before-it did help keep ur feet dry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drifterbike View Post
    Thats the first time I heard of "neatsfoot oil" since I quit playing baseball after graduation. Used it on. Ball gloves constantly
    I bet you remember the smell.
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    I still use neat's-foot oil on my Danner Ft. Lewis work boots even they have Thinsulate inside for a water barrier. I still oil them now and then to keep the leather nice. I have 2 pair I wore on Wildfires/Ranch Work since 1996 and both pair are still nice. Pricey but they fit like gloves and I had to wear them over 16 hours a day on wildfires driving my Water tender I contracted with the USFS! Great stuff we use it on all our leather saddles and other tack.https://www.walmart.com/ip/100-PURE-...&wl13=&veh=sem
    PS I have Boot Insert 120 VAC Heaters for my boots it is so nice to slip on warm ones and hop on the JD to plow snow.
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    Neatsfoot oil is used as a conditioner to preserve and soften leather, sort of like Mink Oil. Too much of it you can destroy the leather.
    IMO, neither are good for water proofing.
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    It depends on what you are trying to do.

    If you are treating the leather then use boot oil.

    If you want to make them waterproof so you feet do not get wet, then use silicone water proofing spray.

    The issue is, water proofing spray will eventually dry out the leather. I used it several years ago and the leather cracked over time.

    I buy boots now that are gore-tex lined or some other mfg. have their own water proof lining and I just use boot oil on them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    Neatsfoot oil is used as a conditioner to preserve and soften leather, sort of like Mink Oil. Too much of it you can destroy the leather.
    IMO, neither are good for water proofing.
    The key word here is leather. I highly doubt most boots are leather these days unless you get into the $200+ range. I don’t think these leather treatments will work too well on Chinese pleather.

    But back in the day I remember well - boots were real leather and there was no such thing as Goretex. You basically had to treat your boots if you wanted dry feet. My father being the poor recluse woodsman - we used solidified bacon grease. Rubbed in a few coats. Dogs loved us!
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