I’ve been using Sno-Seal for over 40 years, ever since my father bought me my first pair of leather Raichle boots in Switzerland when I was 16 years old. I’ve used it on a wide range of leather shoes since then, from cross-country skiing boots to hiking boots and wingtips.
One thing you have to understand about Sno-seal is that it waterproofs leather boots with beeswax. However, if your boots have Gore-tex liners (or some other waterproof /breathable membrane), the beeswax will seal the exterior leather and stop it from being breathable. Water vapor can still escape through the top of the boot, but not through the leather itself. Make sure you understand this before you apply it to waterproof/breathable footwear since it’s impossible to remove.
Whenever I apply Sno-seal to boots, I pay special attention to the seams on the back of the boot and where the leather is bound to the sole on the sides and front. I add an additional bead of beeswax in these spots (shown below) which is drawn into the seam when the beeswax dries. This is facilitated by heating the boots with a hairdryer or resting them in the sun on a windowsill.
A can this size (note the can has changed) will last for years.
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