If you love Doc Martens as much as I do then you might already be acquainted with their Wonder Balsam. But I am new to it and I can’t quite get over how bloody brilliant it is! I own two pairs of leather DMs and one pair of their wellies and bought the balsam to protect them in preparation for a North East winter. You can obviously tell I really like it, but let me tell you why it is so good.
One of my DMs is a metallic purple pair. They are perfection in a shoe – purple, shiny, leather, chunky, errrrggghhh I love them so much. So it was with great despair that when I went to get them out for this year’s winter frolicking I saw that they were looking a bit tired and scuffed. I normally don’t mind a little bit of wear and tear on a shoe (in fact I embrace it in a pair of Converse) but these boots are special and I wanted to keep them looking damn fine.
As you can see, my boots are pretty scruffy around the toe. There’s also a scuff on the inside where it rubs against my other boot.
The balsam itself costs £6 and you can get it from one of their shops or a load of places online. It comes in a clever little screw top pot that has its own little sponge container in there. You need never worry about being without a sponge or the balsam drying out. It’s all contained in one neat, perfectly designed package.
It goes on really easily and you only need a little bit. Rub it carefully into the leather all around the shoe, paying particular attention to the seams and you’re soon left with a shining beacon of boot. The balsam does say on the back that it doesn’t make your boots too shiny, in case you want them to stay more matt but my metallic ones look pretty damn sparkly – and that is no bad thing!
This piccie shows one boot cleaned and one boot still to be done. You can definitely tell the difference!
The scuff on the inside didn’t entirely disappear but it looks a lot better.
And the toe looks almost brand new!
SHINY HAPPY DMs!
This is a product I would definitely recommend to keep your leather Doc Martens soft, supple and in good condition for the winter. They cost a fair amount of money so it’s worth putting the effort in each year to keep them in tip top condition.
Do you share my love for DMs? I’d love to see how you look after yours or which ones are your favourite!