How to authentically waterproof shoes/boots?

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How to authentically waterproof shoes/boots?

Postby Bevis Gittens » Fri Jul 23, 2010 11:20 am

Having just re waxed my tudor shoes using a modern waterproofing gunge I thought it would be nice to do it authentically - a nice activity to do in a living history too, it's amazing what the public will stand and watch you do.... Also I have heard that modern stuff can rot linen stitching but not sure how true that is?

I remeber talking to a seller of leather gear some time ago who says he used a mixture of bees wax, lard, olive oil, lanolin and turpentine to make a grease, but not sure of proportions or who it was for that matter! :roll:

Can anyone either suggest a supplier of said authentigrease, suitable for 1500s of course, or a period recipe to make some?

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Re: How to authentically waterproof shoes/boots?

Postby Tod » Fri Jul 23, 2010 11:32 am

Lard and fish oil.



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Re: How to authentically waterproof shoes/boots?

Postby Bevis Gittens » Fri Jul 23, 2010 11:35 am

Tod wrote:Lard and fish oil.


Certainly smell interesting! :sick:


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Re: How to authentically waterproof shoes/boots?

Postby Adam the Archer » Fri Jul 23, 2010 12:19 pm

The mixture you talk of in your first post sounds like the one used by Karl Robinson



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Re: How to authentically waterproof shoes/boots?

Postby Bevis Gittens » Fri Jul 23, 2010 12:24 pm

Adam the Archer wrote:The mixture you talk of in your first post sounds like the one used by Karl Robinson


That's the fella... yes it was he I was conversing with. Does he sell it?


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Postby Sophia » Fri Jul 23, 2010 11:27 pm

Karl does sell his hide food - not sure if it is listed on his website (simply google his name) but if not you can always give him a ring he is a very helpful sort of chap.


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Re: How to authentically waterproof shoes/boots?

Postby EnglishArcher » Tue Jul 27, 2010 12:09 pm

Renaissance wax works well on leather. It's what I use

http://www.picreator.co.uk/articles/3_r ... ce_wax.htm

Plantagenet shoes used to sell it in little ceramic pots so you could buff your shoes in public! :D


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Re: How to authentically waterproof shoes/boots?

Postby Vic James » Thu Oct 07, 2010 4:35 pm

The animal fat from the breakfast fry up, or evening roast , has been serving my boots and shoes
well for the last 10 years ; appiled warm . Its the same `stuff` that was in the leather to
start with ,, :-) its free ,,and works well . vic



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Re: How to authentically waterproof shoes/boots?

Postby EwanDoc » Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:03 pm

We sometimes have two German Shepards with our group. My shoes would disappear!


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Re: How to authentically waterproof shoes/boots?

Postby m. demetrius » Sat Oct 23, 2010 7:25 pm

Melt beeswax and mix with a little olive or other cooking oil. Makes a very similar-to-shoepolish blend. Helps keep the water out. You can also use it on chapped lips.


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Re: How to authentically waterproof shoes/boots?

Postby Bevis Gittens » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:52 am

Having been to TORM this weekend, I bought a pot of Karl's waterproofing leather food - and jolly good it is too. It comes in a small jam jar sized clay pot, with a linen cover and even a piece of hemp string to hold it on.... très authentique!

It is easy to use (I was told once it is best to apply any dubbin with you fingers as the heat from them helps it to absorb) and a snip at £5

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