How do you maintain your walking shoes? (Part 2)

3. Cleaning and drying your walking shoes

Small dust particles and dirt can penetrate into the fibers of the leather and cracks. Also, debris can promote the growth of micro-organism causing the leather to start to rot and dirt can have a negative impact on the breathability.

Therefore, it is important to remove all of the dirt on the outside of the shoe. When walking shoes are used intensively in sand and mud, it is advisable to remove the dirt as soon as possible. Sometimes it can be run through a stream which would be sufficient. If this fails then try it later with cold water and a nylon brush.

If you used the shoes intensive, they are a bit older and / or shoes are very dirty, we recommend you to clean the shoe thoroughly with Nikwax Cleaning Gel. This Gel cleans the shoe up to the fibers of the leather. This makes way into the pores of the shoe which will be clean again not just superficially.

Not only the exterior but also the inside of the shoe need to be kept clean. Perspiration contains a lot of salt. This salt will eventually be kept in the lining of the shoe. Therefore, rinse the inside of the shoe out occasionally with warm water.

If the shoe is wet it must be well dried. Never do this by means of a heat source (stove, dryer, or similar) but leave the shoes in a warm, but not hot, dry place. Prop newspapers in the shoe and replace them if they are wet. In walking shoes, there are always loose insoles. Pull it out if you have to dry the walking shoes.

4. The doctrine with the necessary nutrients – impregnation

Leather is just like skin if it is exposed to the sun and heat, the skin dries out and goes tearing it earlier. If the skin stays wet long then it may have wrinkling, and eventually also rupture and / or decay. Therefore, you must make sure that the leather is not dry or prolonged stays wet. You can do this by using the right cleaning agents and take appropriate action.

The leather in using process loses much of its nutrients. These nutrients ensure that the leather does not dry out and crack. Through the use of the walking, walking shoes leather spend eventually also the last nutrients. These nutrients can add again if we bring the right care

Use at least no leather fat or beeswax as these ensure that the pores of the leather clog. This created the waterproof breathability increases but falls off sharply. In addition, the shoe becomes soft and thus less firm. What we advise you do?




What we recommend for walking shoes is always a medium liquid and a spray! Liquid funds penetrate much better than aerosols and thus the effect will be better and much longer effective. The appearance of the walking shoes can be changed by means of color or texture liquid. Do you think your walking shoes’ appearance is important? Opt for a (special) spray.

Depending on the type of shoe you can choose from one of the following means:

  • Nikwax Nubuck & Suede: let the leather walking shoes almost in its original state (color and structure)
  • Nikwax Fabric & Leather: for shoes from both leather and other (art) material
  • Nikwax Aqueous: for smooth leather shoes.
  • Collonil Nano Spray: For shoes which appearance is important

5. When and how often should you treat your walking shoes?

When you have to treat your shoes?

After you buy them, a new walking shoe already slightly impregnated.

If your shoes are dried and repelled. In the rain you notice that your walking shoes absorb moisture

This allows us to answer the same question how often the walking and hiking shoes should be treated? As often as necessary! Impregnating the shoes again once you notice that they are repelled and dried out.


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