Meindl is a fairly small company in the town of Kirchanschöring in Germany, near the Austrian border. They hand-make most of their boots, and they are therefore in the pricey end of the spectrum, but they are AWESOME. I've put them through mountaineering in Switzerland, Canada, England, & Sweden. Numerous hikes all over the northern hemisphere, where I've literately walked through fire and icy rivers and they are still holding up. I love my Meindl Perfekt!
Unfortunately I don't show my love too often. While on a small hike with my oldest son, last week, I realized how long it had been since I showed my boots some love. The leather was dry and unhappy looking, and even the shoelaces were starting to look like they needed soap and water (when do you ever wash shoelaces?). At home I gave them a good brushing with a stiff brush and took out the laces. Here is a before picture:
|Meindl Perfekt - Before care|
So I grabbed a hairdryer, a cloth and a tube of Sno-Seal. Sno-Seal is my goto leather treatment product. I've never questioned if this what the best product, but a guy with leather knowledge (!) once told me that it was really good so I trusted him. Honestly, if you know of a better product, let me know in the comments!
After using the hairdryer to heat up the boots, I applied generous amounts of Sno-Seal and while using the hairdryer to soften/melt the Sno-seal, I rubbed it in with the cloth.
Some areas of the boots were like a sponge, basically sucking in the Sno-seal, and on those areas I added more. Good amounts were also applied to all the seams and special care was taken with the double-stitched seam, where the top of the shoe is sown to the sole.
After a good 45 minutes of work, my boots were happy again.
|Meindl Perfekt - After Sno-Seal|
So please! Treat your boots nicely and give them the care they need! They take good care of you!