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Nikwax Footwear Care Collection | Review

This handy four-piece that can extend the lifespan of your boots quite markedly

Why we chose it: A good value, eco-friendly and easy way to make footwear last longer

Nikwax have made it into our Green Gear Guide every single year that we have run it and they’re genuinely one of the first brands on the list. Why? Because they help us to get more out of the gear we already own and ultimately save us buying more. OK, we like brand new eco-friendly outdoor gear here at Outdoors Magic, but we know that the most sustainable decisions we can all make are to look after what we already have. 

And the thing about this care kit from Nikwax is it works so, so well. In fact, every time we conduct a test with it, we’re blown away by the results. 

Photos: Chris Johnson

The Nikwax Footwear Care kit contains a bottle of Nikwax Cleaning Gel, Nikwax Fabric and Leather Proof and then their Waterproofing Wax for Leather. You also get a handy little brush and a rolltop drybag too. 

“none of their solutions contain eco-hazardous chemicals (including the PFCs commonly used for waterproofing) and they’re all water based.”

The method for applying these is really easy and will take less than 10 minutes from start to finish – and that 10 minutes will make a big difference to the performance and lifespan of your footwear. 

We recommend using the Nikwax Cleaning Gel as often as possible as that’ll ensure that the materials that your boots are made from don’t ‘wet out’ and cosequently lose their breathability. Dirt draws water, after all, so if you can keep your boots dirt-free they’ll instantly be more resistant to saturation.

Every now and then, it’s worth applying the Leather Proof straight after using the Cleaning Gel. This will restore a new water resistant layer to your boots meaning liquid will essentially bead straight off it.

For even more dependable protection, that’s when you’ll want to rub the Waterproofing Wax in. Our tip would actually be to carry this little bottle out with you on any hikes, because if you do suddenly get some ingress it’ll give you the potential to instantly apply an effective barrier while you’re on the go.

Eco-Friendly Solutions

Nikwax has a great ethos as a company. First of all, none of their solutions contain eco-hazardous chemicals (including the PFCs commonly used for waterproofing) and they’re all water based. All of the packaging and bottles they use are recycled and are recyclable as well, and then to round it all off, Nikwax can claim to be a carbon negative company which has offset all the carbon emissions from its entire 45 years of business.

We should also point out the Nikwax offer some great solutions for caring for other items in your outdoor armoury and we’ve compiled similar guides for caring for your waterproof jacket and caring for your down jacket using Nikwax.

Nikwax Footwear Care Kit


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