High performance waterproofing that maintains support and breathability.
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™.
Regular maintenance of leather helps it work better for longer...
Leather is hardwearing, breathable and provides a high level of support, making it an ideal material for footwear construction. During leather production, tanning agents are added to maintain the structure of leather and prevent microbial growth. If leather becomes wet its breathability will be reduced, leading to wet feet from condensation. Also, when leather absorbs water, tanning agents are lost. Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ liquid provides Durable Water Repellency (DWR), stopping leather from absorbing water and ‘wetting out’ while maintaining breathability. It replenishes tanning agents to maintain the support of leather footwear without over-softening. Additionally, Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ liquid in black/brown restores colour.
Breathable waterproof footwear is for active, outdoor people...
Anyone who is active outside in damp or wet conditions will benefit from breathable waterproof footwear. Whether you're a mountaineer or dog walker, or you work outside as a farmer or surveyor, you will need good footwear.
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 fairly 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™.
How Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ protects...
Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ liquid is a safe product to use on breathable waterproof smooth leather footwear. It provides Durable Water Repellency (DWR), maintains breathability and replenishes tanning agents. Additionally, Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ liquid in black/brown restores colour.
Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ liquid is non-flammable, contains no harmful solvents and is free of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and fluorocarbons. It has been specifically designed and optimised for smooth leather footwear. The WaterBased formulation is directed to leaks, can be used on wet leather and will not over-soften.
Apply Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ by hand...
Brush off dirt with a damp cloth and clean using Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel™.
Protect work area. Shake well before use.
Press sponge applicator to break seal. Apply to wet leather.
After 2-3 minutes, remove surplus with a cloth.
Buff with a damp cloth to shine.
Note: Test on a hidden area first. Waterproofing Wax for Leather™ will convert nubuck to a smooth waxy finish.