I was a longtime Kiwi fan until I picked these up at a local Timberland store along with a pair of boots. The salespeople always push products like these, it seems, but sometimes that’s a good thing. I didn’t really understand what nubuck was at the time, but when I bought my Stratham Heights boots I knew I wanted them to stay in good shape. And I was told Renewbuck would help. And it DID. I’ve applied it to to all of my nubuck and suede shoes since. The company recommends a test patch, and I will say that the treatment darkened a pair of gray suede boots somewhat, so be prepared for that. Also this treatment won’t waterproof your suedes, and can’t do much for you if you regularly slog through enormous, muddy puddles. But you’ll no longer fear getting caught in a rainstorm or walking across a dewy lawn. The treatment keeps light moisture from seeping in too deeply.
I also bought that goofy shoe-shaped suede brush. Such a simple tool, but fabulous for keeping nubuck and suede nap looking clean and vibrant.
The Balm Proofer I bought later, having fallen in love with the Renewbuck. I will admit that I only wear a few pairs of my leather shoes out in the snow, so it’s a little harder to tell if this stuff is miraculous or not. I’m inclined to believe it will work better than cheapie drugstore options based on the results from the Renewbuck, but if I notice anything specific – bad or good – I’ll report back. The company says it’ll help protect against salt and oil stains … but I’d recommend spot cleaning if you see either!
Anyone else tried Timberland’s shoe care products? Thoughts or experiences to share? Other protectants to recommend?
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