Originally Posted by WhoKnewI
CtK, I try not to wear any of my expensive boots on snow days and the days following snow days in NYC. The salt will kill them.
While salt's far from ideal, the Obenauf LP will act as a barrier from the salt (and snow, water, dirt, etc.). Like you guys, we seem to get another foot of snow every other week this year so my Wolverine 1K Mile boots have seen more than a little snow, ice and salt than I ever intended.
They have surprisingly held up quite well and the Obenauf works wonders to protect and waterproof. These are just over 5 months old now and have been treated with Obenauf's LP 4-5 times now. My Blundstone 500's are my go-to weekend/casual snow boot as they have a rubber lugged sole. However, the 1K's handle surprisingly well in the snow (not ice of course) on those occasions when I'm stuck in the muck.
I polished the Wolverine's once with brown Kiwi wax polish about 24 hrs after an LP treatment. They didn't take a shine like a calfskin dress shoe (which I didn't want) but rather developed a rich, dull shine or luster. I figured the wax will protect from the elements as well.
Note, I'm careful to clean the salt off them with a damp cloth after each wear in bad conditions and then hit them with a horsehair brush before or after each wear. The brushing brings back that slight sheen from the Obenauf treatment. It really looks nice and takes virtualy no effort I'm also careful to let the soles dry after they get really wet and mever wear them consecutive days after a good slogging.
Lastly, I switched out the laces for leather. Looks better IMO. They were a lighter brown color (almost tan) out of the package but a quick treatment with Obenauf darkened the laces up nicely so they match the boot well now.