Dr. Martens Wonder Shoe Balsam - Protects against water and liquids.
Protects against "salt-marks".
Does not rub off.
Provides added shine, removes light scratch marks, and conditions the leather.
Restores original color.
Can be used on all colors.
This stuff is great! My main concern is keeping the leather on my work boots in good condition through all kinds of weather and it does the trick. The leather on my Docs always feels soft and appears clean and in good condition. Now my experience with how well and how long this product keeps your boots (or shoes) looking nice and shiny is gonna be different than those who use their Docs casually. I am an EMT in the city. I stomp through rain, mud dust, snow, blood, glass, and discarded pancakes-yes, pancakes (you ever try hospital pancakes? If you're ever admitted, you'll be tossing them out too!) on a daily basis so they take a beating. It's not so important to me that they shine but I've owned great boots in the past that I didn't take proper care of and even they wind up looking like Grendel's fur after the war, when they've been exposed to one element too many. This stuff keeps my boots looking well enough to be presentable at work and just spiffy enough to rock at a hardcore show down on Bowery on my day off, if I listened to hardcore. More of an underground hip-hop and lounge music man myself-but don't EVER try to dance in your Docs!
Wonder Balsam is great stuff for whatever ails. My son told me about its qualities, so I bought a jar. It's great on smooth leathers: shoes, belts, jackets, furniture. Although it's a little bland on bread, it made a 10-year old LL Bean braid belt look new. It doesn't stain or rub off on my clothes, but it's a little too stiff for my hair. Buy a jar and use it. I'm still searching for things to put it on. Like Dr. Martens footwear, overpriced, but what else you gonna do with your money? Note: just kidding about the bread & hair.
I have a pair of Doc Martens that are only a few months old, but have been through the wringer, what with having hot soup and dirty mop water/sanitizing solution spilled over them almost every day. They'd gotten grossly discolored and were starting to look nasty, so I shelled out for a tub of this basalm, and Wow. In seconds my shoes looked brand new. I honestly don't recognize them! Usually I'm wary of things with superlatives like "Wonder" in their name, but this time, it's definitely warranted.
This stuff is amazing! I've used it on Doc Martens, on other leather shoes, and even on a leather purse, and it worked great every time! The leather purse was a find at a thrift store. It was a Franco Sarto purse, but the leather had been neglected and was really in bad shape, especially the strap, which was lighter because it was so dried out. This stuff restored the leather wonderfully!
This is pretty awesome stuff for leather shoes, especially Dr. Martens! It makes them look brand new. I have a pair that I bought in 2001 and the leather on them looks almost as good as the day I bought them!