90 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought my can of Sno-Seal 10 years ago...
I bought my first can of Sno-Seal about 10 years ago for my work boots; and I'm still using the same can. The whole reason I'm writing this review is that I was looking on the internet for another can because I ran out and the store I bought some from went out of business. But, I found some on Amazon (figures). This is the best stuff I've ever used, period. Not only...
Published on August 23, 2010 by B. Hartshorn
31 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not to be used with Tan or Light Colored Leather
If appearance is important to you with your tan or lighter colored leather shoes do not use this product, or at the very least use when the shoes are brand new. I recently purchased a can from the Ace Hardware to treat a favorite pair of boat shoes and the results were... dissappointing, not that I wasn't warned. The problem is that with lighter colored shoes any...
Published on December 24, 2011 by Tim
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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought my can of Sno-Seal 10 years ago...,
I bought my first can of Sno-Seal about 10 years ago for my work boots; and I'm still using the same can. The whole reason I'm writing this review is that I was looking on the internet for another can because I ran out and the store I bought some from went out of business. But, I found some on Amazon (figures). This is the best stuff I've ever used, period. Not only does it waterproof your boots it will make them last a long time. I've tried other protectants, both spray-on and rub on, but Sno-seal is the best. Every pair of work boots I've used it on, the soles wear out looong before the leather does and that's because I put Sno-Seal on them once a year. I highly recommend heating your boots up first (I usually put mine in the oven on 150 for 10 minutes or so) then apply the protectant. Best 5 bucks you will ever spend.
129 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DUH....NOTHING BETTER,
This review is from: Sno Seal - 7 oz
62 YRS OLD....FORMER MARINE.....LOGGER.....SAWMILL OPERATOR.....160 ACRE TREE FARM....ROUGHEST HARDWOOD TERRAIN IN THE WORLD, NORTH WEST ARKANSAS OZARKS. THE FAMILY HAS 5 MEMBERS, AND ABOUT 50 PAIRS OF BOOTS....NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IS USED BESIDES SNO SEAL. I HAVE PERSONALLY USED IT SINCE 1974....WE BUY IT BY THE CASE OF 6 QUARTS.
NOTHING WORKS BETTER.....Guarantees dry feet.
The best way to apply SNO-SEAL is to set your boots out in the July sun and heat them up. One entire 7 oz can will soak into a pair of combat style boots. Two cans will soak into a pair of Whites or Wesco logging boots. If it is December, you have yo set them by the wood stove and warm them. Then smear on the SNO-SEAL and use a hair dryer to melt it into the leather.
We go out of our way to treat the boots in the summer heat, then just add a little surface coating in the winter.
NOT FOR DANCIN' SHOES....BUT THEN, I DON'T DANCE.
62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely A Great Product!,
I own a small lawn & landscaping business and live way out in the country. I'm always getting my boots wet around work and I'm messing around out in the woods when not at work in very wet areas. I battle wet boots & socks all the time. But, if you apply this right the problem is solved. It is way better then any boot oils & silicon sprays I've ever tried.
NOTE: It will make your leather darker in most cases but that is no problem for me at all. I'll take the darker color for dryer feet and boot protection like nothing else I've used.
45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This stuff just works,
This review is from: Sno Seal - 7 oz
I've now used this on multiple pairs of shoes - a few Mephisto's and some Dr. Marten's - and the results are wonderful. However, as others have noted, it will darken the color of brown leather, so be careful.
Here's how I use it:
- Prop up the pair of shoes in front of a small space heater
- Turn the space heater on high, and wait about 15 mins to heat up the shoes
- Wearing a disposable latex glove, scoop out a bit of the wax
- Rub the wax onto the warm shoes, it should melt on contact.
- Repeat for the other shoe, and throw the glove away.
44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Save your shoes,
This product does exactly what it says it will do...protect your expensive leather shoes/boots from the deleterious effects of snow/salt/water. Easy to use. It really does make shoes leak proof. I highly recommend this product for any shoes/boots you are going to wear in inclement weather. (Caveat: it is not for all leathers. It will darken leather so use with caution on any colour lighter than dark brown.)
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest to goodness stuff that works,
It's been nearly 30 years since we used this stuff in high school for our wilderness hikes in Yosemite during Feb/March, as part of the Yosemite Institute. Miles of snow on the ground and unmarked trails. I just bought this to rejuvenate a very old pair of Doc Martins, and the smell of it brings back memories/feelings of time spent applying the Sno-Seal to boots roughened by long treks in snow and ice. Now my daughter is getting ready for her first adventure with the Yosemite Institute. We used to make such a big deal about making sure that we applied the Sno-Seal before each hike, "it could save your life" as we would say. Now-a-days thanks to Gortex and other space-age materials there is little, if any, mention of Sno-Seal during our winter gear orientations. I researched winter hiking boots for my daughter and was very impressed with the advances from then to now. However, when you read the reviews of these modern boots and hear the scattered tales of the poor individuals that experienced leaky seams and wet feet in sub-zero temps.....I can't help to think, a little Sno-Seal along those seams and stitches would have prevented all that misery.
I'm going to teach my daughter how to apply Sno-Seal before she works on breaking in these new state-of-the-art / Gortex-lined boots. Then I'm going to have a little talk to her instructors about equipment. Then I'm going to make sure that she takes this container of Sno-Seal with her to Yosemite, and maybe she'll spread the knowledge.
Back in my day, our boots were simply made of broken-in leather with properly applied Sno-Seal. Use a hair-drier to work the Sno-Seal into the seams and stitches. Gortex is great, but you know, stuff happens. It could be the difference between cold and miserable or dry and comfortable. Or as we used to say, "it could save your life."
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waterproofs moc toe boots!!,
I just went out and bought a pair of boots with the moc toe.Typically moc toe boots leak around the moc toe part of the boots because of the seams regardless if they are waterproof or made by a big name boot company..Before i bought the boots i read the reviews on them and people did say they were having problems with water entering the boot around the moc toe area.I bought some of this Sno Seal and came home and applied it to my brand new boots before wearing them for i didnt want water coming through them like others have said.
I really caked this Sno Seal on my boots especially around the moc toe part.I let them dry overnight and i hit the boots with a hairdryer as well to melt some of the Sno Seal to help penetrate into the leather.I have been wearing the boots now for about a month beating them up pretty good but had yet to put them underwater.I brought the boots in the house and i went into the bathroom and filled up the sink with water.I submerged the boots up and over the moc toe part just up to the bottom of the tongue and left them there for about 30 seconds.NOT ONE DROP of water had penetrated the boots.
Conclusion---the boots i bought were suppose to be waterproof anyway but i wasnt taking any chances to see if they were or not before i applied the Sno Seal.Like i said,these were moc toe boots and i caked this Sno Seal on the whole boot especially around the moc toe part and let dry.I never tried to see if the boots were really waterproof before using the Sno Seal but there isnt any water coming in the boots at all.Not even around the moc toe part like most boots have a problem with.
So you decide for yourself if this stuff works or not,but im a firm believer in it especially for moc toe boots.One other thing--this stuff will turn your boots a bit darker after applying it but to me thats no big deal.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for workboots!,
I noticed in one of the earlier reviews somebody else said that this was "too thick" for street shoes... for those who are urban warriors, don't despair. This product does indeed work extremely well on dressy shoes, and it doesn't make said dressy shoes look weird. I used it on a pair of black Ecco sneakers and also Ecco walking boots, and it's been great. I live in Portland, OR, so it's not particularly snowy here most of the time, but, well, it rains.
Applying this product will take about 24 hours in total, just because it's good to let the shoes rest for a while after application so that everything can sink in. I also recommend buying Kiwi's shoe shine kit if you don't already have a shining kit on hand; it's what takes this product and makes it applicable for the city. I did the oven trick - the lowest my oven goes is 170 F, so I preheated it, and then let it cool for about 5 minutes before popping the shoes in the oven to let the leather get nice and warm.
I applied the product with my bare hands so I could make sure to get it into every nook and cranny on the shoes. Make sure to get it around the eyelet holes for shoelaces as well as along the seams. Then I popped the first shoe back in the warm oven while applying product to the second one. Pulled the first one out of the oven when I finished with the second one and added another coat. I have to admit I think I used more of the product than a lot of other reviewers had - I just kept on letting it soak in and heat and soak in until it was obvious that the shoe wasn't going to absorb any more - and then I took them out of the oven and let them cool.
There were a couple of seams where I had added too much - to avoid a "scaly" look I used a hairdryer to heat the overloaded seams up and just wiped the excess away. Let it cool again. Zero problems. Once that was done I hit the shoes with a shoe shine, and then had them sit undisturbed overnight just to give everything time to set.
This product has turned my leather walking shoes into fierce pieces of rain armor. Now, granted, I haven't been sloshing through deep puddles with them or anything, but insofar as walking down the street in shoes during a rain, the water just beads off and my feet stay snuggly dry. I have also been sloshing around in wet grass at my friend's farm while wearing the proofed boots and everything's been snug as a bug in a rug. This is a fantastic product, considering how well it works and how cheap it is. I would recommend just adding more and more until your shoes can't take it - I mean, it's cheap enough, you can afford to be liberal with it.
Additionally, this product does leather repair as well. My lace-up Eccos I've had for a couple of years and there were worn areas around the toes; an application of this followed by the shoe shine and they look fresh and rehydrated. All of my leather shoes are black, so I can't speak on any color-change, but if you have lighter leathers you may want to be more careful. Also, this won't work on nubuck or suede or patent leathers, since those surfaces can't really absorb the product. Also also, after application your shoes will be slightly sticky to the touch... but the shoe shine solves the stickiness. All and all, this product is just as much at home in the city as it is out on the snowy slopes and it's an excellent buy for the right kind of shoes.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not wet not wild,
This product not just coats the leather with a waterproof seal but also conditions the leather. I spread a thin layer over my boots then melt it over the stove it creates a thin coating that spreads into the pores when heated this conditions the leather like natural oils on animal skins and feathers. If your boots or jackets get soiled reheat the item to melt and wipe away the dirt to expose a soft supple leather underneith and recoat I have boots that have lasted for years doing this and one polishing is all they have had besides many coats of sno-seal dried wiped and reapplied it works.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for protecting leather,
Used on everything I own made of leather: Checkbook holder, Kinco 901 gloves, waist belts, shoes, boots, etc. I like that dark old leather look.
Pros: Simple to apply and treat leather. Weathers well.
Cons: Strong odor when applying. Can be messy to apply as wax melts.
Thoughts: Be sure to apply in well-ventilated area. Newly treated leather will be sticky / waxy when dry. Re-apply every season or as needed.
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