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    Polishing duty boots

    I'm not new to leather care but I have a couple questions. I have a pair of nos Addison 3p leather boots which I use for fire/ems. I like them because the leather has broken in very nicely, the outsoles are grippy but little tread to pick up gunk and they are old-world leather lined with welted and stitched construction and cork/leather footbeds.

    Anyways, neither shift requires a perfect spit shine by any means but in my experience products like obenaufs do look rather bland. I would like to be able to polish. But they must with weather and winter salt proof. Has anybody used any polish that would be water proof and prevent salt stains? How does sno seal look on black leather?

    Also, I've noticed some wearing of the black on the outsole/welt and it's showing a brown leather there. Would black polish work well or is there a better option ?

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    Best bet is to throw on a couple layers of black shoe cream like meltonian, and then for duty boots I'd go with kiwi wax, finish the toe and heel with a spit shine if you want a glossy finish. No sense trying to get the entire boot shiny (unless you want to buy corframs, but those look pretty silly) as any polish you use will just crack at the points of movement (ankle, toes, etc). I had a pair of leather-toed (and heeled) boots with cordura on the main body (leather along the eyelets as well) when I was at Keesler in 2003....but those lasted about 4 months with not very harsh use. I can't imagine they'd hold up well to actual hard duty.

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    I don't have any recommendations for waterproofing, but for the welt, you can use polish, but there are also edge treatments specifically for this that penetrate deeper to really dye the exposed edge.

    e.g.
    https://www.fiebing.com/shop/?item=42600
    https://www.fiebing.com/shop/?item=42681

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpark View Post
    I don't have any recommendations for waterproofing, but for the welt, you can use polish, but there are also edge treatments specifically for this that penetrate deeper to really dye the exposed edge.

    e.g.
    https://www.fiebing.com/shop/?item=42600
    https://www.fiebing.com/shop/?item=42681

    Feibing edge dressing works well, make sure you get the version for the material you're coloring. They sell both leather edge dressing and dressing for rubber soles. I have both in black and leather dressing in brown.

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    the only way to actually keep salt stains off is to thoroughly rinse your boots after you've walked through salt.

    at best a polish might have a barrier between the leather and the salt a little bit, but leather is such a sponge that it will just wick into any open area like crazy. The opening of the leather will happen when ever the leather flexes, especially where the creases are.

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