how to waterproof leather boots for winter
First of all, you must select a leather care waterproofing product that will do the job without causing damage to your boots.
When choosing the best leather care product, the first thing to remember is that leather is an animal skin. And the care and feeding of leather must be consistent with its natural state to prevent drying, cracking, distressed leather, and rotting stitching. That means, NO chemicals, NO mineral oil, NO Neatsfoot oil, and NO paraffin. Only pure beeswax, tallow, cod oil, and pine resin, were the accepted ingredients for preserving and waterproofing leather.
Beeswax and pine resin are the two essential ingredients to make your boots truly waterproof. By adding cod oil and beef tallow to the mix, you will also preserve your boots and keep them from cracking and becoming distressed. Ole Time Woodsman Boot Grease has revived the old 1800's leather preservation and waterproofing formula that trappers, hunters, logging crews, and the U.S. Calvary used to protect boots and saddles.
Each of these ingredients has its own job to do to insure that your winter boots are waterproof, pliable, healthy, and not rotting from the inside out.
When you warm your boots and apply Ole Time Woodsman Boot Grease the cod oil and beef tallow penetrates deep into the leather driving out any moisture that may be trapped inside of the leather. They restore the natural oils of the original hide. In addition, they drag the beewax and resin with them to give your boots more than just a topical layer of protection which will not last. Then the pine resin puts a hard protective coating on the surface for added protection.
There is nothing better for your boots and saddles!
Ingredients: Natural Beeswax from Maine, Hand Rendered Beef Tallow, Pure Cod Oil, and Pine Resin Volume: 8 fl oz