Why support and breathability depend upon water repellency
The comfort of waterproof footwear is dependent on it supporting feet and being breathable. The structure of leather and therefore the level of support it provides is maintained by tanning agents.
When leather absorbs water, it softens, and tanning agents are lost. Subsequently, the leather is stiffer when it dries and therefore prone to splitting. Also, when leather gets wet the breathability of footwear is impaired, giving you damp feet.
Therefore, it’s essential that the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) of your footwear is maintained. Eventually DWR will wear off and need to be renewed with Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™.
Use Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ when your footwear soaks up water
Your footwear could be soaking up water just because it is dirty. First, try cleaning it with Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel™, and if it is new, or recently re-waterproofed, the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) will be revitalised just from cleaning. But, once the footwear has been thoroughly worn you will need to add DWR by using Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™.
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How Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ protects
Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ black is a safe product to use on breathable waterproof smooth leather footwear. It provides instant Durable Water Repellency (DWR), maintains breathability, replenishes tanning agents, adds colour and reduces scuff and abrasion marks. It is non-flammable, contains no harmful solvents and is free of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and fluorocarbons. Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ black has been specifically designed and optimised for black smooth leather footwear. The Water Based formulation is directed to leaks, can be used on wet or dry leather and will not over-soften.
Apply Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ by hand
For best results clean footwear using Nikwax® Footwear Cleaning Gel™.
- Shake well before use.
- Rub the wax thoroughly into wet or dry clean leather, using the sponge applicator, paying special attention to seams.
- Remove any excess with a cloth and buff to a shine.
Note: Test on a hidden area first. Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ will convert nubuck to a smooth waxy finish.