Proof is in the performance

Taking proper care of your walking boots is essential

Walking boots typically have a hard life. They are often worn for long periods of time and used for tough and varied terrains. So, it makes sense that you need to give them a bit of TLC, especially because most walking boots on the market these days only retain their waterproof properties and performance for around a year.

Caring for your walking boots may seem like a bit of a hassle, but you really do need to keep them clean and maintain their durable water repellency (DWR) and breathability if you want them to last. Learning why this is important and how to do it properly will ensure they perform properly for years to come, keeping you dry and comfortable, and saving money in the long run. Nikwax’s exceptional waterproofing products allow water to bead up and run off the outside of your walking boots instead of absorbing into them, also helping to increase breathability.

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Cleaning is key

Cleaning your walking boots is just as important as waterproofing because dirt works against DWR. Lingering dirt can dry out the material and degrade the stitching and seams. Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel has been designed and optimised for breathable waterproof footwear. It is a highly effective cleaner and will revitalise existing DWR and breathability. Cleaning your footwear is also important for your feet. Don’t underestimate the difference a well cleaned and conditioned pair of boots can make to the climate within them. Footwear that is breathable and flexible enough to adapt to your feet can mean a much smaller risk of getting blisters.


Instant durable water repellency

The comfort of walking boots is dependent on the support they provide and how well they can breathe. Leather contains tanning agents which maintain its structure; when leather absorbs water, these tanning agents are lost, causing the leather to stiffen and impairing breathability. That’s why it’s essential that the DWR of your footwear is maintained. Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather provides instant DWR, stopping leather from absorbing water while maintaining breathability. It also replenishes tanning agents to maintain the support of leather footwear without over-softening.


Nikwax and the environment 

Enjoying the outdoors doesn’t need to cost the earth. Nikwax have been outdoor industry leaders in producing sustainable aftercare since 1977. All of our products are water-based and we have never used perfluorochemicals (PFCs). As part of our continuing commitment to both people and planet, all of our operational carbon emissions are balanced and 1% of our turnover is pledged to social and ecological causes.

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