How To Transform Your Old Boots With Dr Martens Wonder Balsam
Dr Martens wonder balsam, why do I love this stuff? Well if you’re anything like me and love Doc Martens you’re gonna love this stuff too!
Think of it as a balm for boots, like a protector, a blanket, a raincoat, all in one cute little pot, which will quite literally last you forever, well not exactly forever but for a very long time!
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What is Dr Martens wonder balsam?
Dr Martens Wonder Balsam is a mixture of coconut oil, lanolin, and beeswax, it has no colour to it and comes in an 85ml pot. It can be used on all leather except suede.
How does it work?
What does Dr Martens wonder balsam do?
It nourishes, conditions, cleans and protects the leather to help you keep it soft and supple without polishing.
It keeps your boots and shoes looking as smart as they did on the first day got them.
How to use Dr Martens wonder balsam
- Learn how to get into the tin!
Firstly you need to know how to open your Dr Martens wonder balsam. Now, this might seem a little strange to all of you grown-up people, but let me tell you it’s not as strange as it sounds, and anyone who has spent 20 minutes trying to discover how to get into this little tin of goodness will wish they had read this first!
First of all, unscrew the lid of your Doc Martens wonder balsam (obviously), and remove the handy little sponge sitting in the lid. Now, underneath the sponge, you will see a little tray that the sponge rests in, this is actually the lid of the wonder balm. You need to remove this tray that sits under the sponge to reveal the Dr Martens balm.
- Remove any dirt and dust from the leather
Make sure there is no grit, dust or dirt which may scratch the leather. I usually dry dust first, then sponge over with a damp rag and dry off with a soft cloth.
- Remove the laces
You don’t have to remove the laces, however, I prefer to remove laces as this enables me to get right into the nooks and crannies of boots, especially if you are breaking in your Docs and want to quickly soften the leather.
- Apply the balm generously
To apply the balm, take the sponge and lightly dip it into the balsam, apply generously using circular movements and cover all areas of the shoe or boot.
- Apply wonder balm to the seams and stitching
I also like to apply around the seam and to the stitching to help weatherproof the area and extend the life of the stitching.
- Allow the balm to work its magic!
Leave to soak in for a minimum of 15 to 20 minutes. I prefer to leave my balm on overnight, particularly on new boots when I want to speed up the breaking in process and make my boots soft and supple.
- Remove excess if required.
Take a clean soft polishing cloth and buff lightly to remove any extra balm, there is no polishing necessary and the wonder balm should have brought back the lustre to your boots.
When to use Dr Martens Wonder Balm
- I use Dr Martens Wonder balsam to break in new boots, as it’s absolutely amazing for helping to soften up the very hard leather that comes with new Doc Marten territory.
I have written an amazingly helpful post about the secret to breaking in new Doc Martens, so, if your boots are ripping your heels to shreds or you’ve tossed your uncomfortable Docs in the cupboard, dig them out and read this post!
- I like to use Doc Martens wonder balsam for caring for my boots in the winter, it’s great to protect leather boots from watermarks and salt marks from the snow and heavy rain, I also think it gives them a good water-resistant coating.
- And last but not least I like to use my Doc Martens wonder balm, to restore my boots back to a respectable finish when they look slightly worn, battered and tired.
Watch how to break in your new Docs using a hammer!
Some people break in their new docs using a hammer, watch this video to see how it’s done (entirely at your own risk of course!)
Frequently asked questions
The balsam is weather-protective, therefore, protects against water, liquid and salt marks. If you’re looking for a waterproof layer, try using Dr Martens Ultra protector which gives a breathable layer of protection against dirt rain and UV rays. You can get it here.
The dubbing is a wax formula to preserve waxy, oily and greasy leather and is often used to speed up the breaking in process in new boots and shoes. It also forms a waterproof layer on your leather. You can buy it here.
There will be an expiry printed on the tin, however, I’m still using mine past the expiry date and it seems to be fine. I haven’t noticed any deterioration in either the product or it’s effectiveness.
I use the wonder balm as needed, so, to bring the lustre back to my boots and shoes when they got a bit tatty. It’s also a must in my kit for breaking in a new pair of Docs.
You can use any of the links scattered in this post and be taken directly to Amazon to get your Wonder Balsam
The better you take care of your Doc Martens the longer they will last So regularly cleaning them, then applying the wonder Balsam will definitely extend the life of your favourite boots.
Dr Martens also provide a shoe care kit which contains the wonder balm, dubbing, shoe polish and cloth, you can get it here
It is always best to double sock when breaking in a new pair of Doc Martens, I like to go for the really cool Doc Marten socks you can get them here.
I wear two pairs for the first couple of weeks until the leather gets softer.
I reduce my socks down to one thick pair and one normal pair, when they start to feel a bit softer.
Then I reduce down to a single pair of socks when they start to feel really comfortable.
You can buy your Doc Martens socks here.
To read more about breaking in your new Doc Marten boots read this post.
You could try softening the leather in your new boots, some people like to do this with the hammer, to find out how, read this post.
If you are hiking for any length of time you need to make sure that your boots are completely comfortable and well broken in.
For a really long hike maybe walking boots may be more appropriate, as you need to take into account the terrain and the length of your hike. Whilst Doc Martens are extremely comfortable once broken in, walking boots are designed to deal with tough terrane.
Doc Martens are fantastic to use as winter boots. I have several pairs and they’re the best for tackling the horrible winter weather in style.
Leather or vegan leather boots are ideal for the winter, and canvas Doc martens or Doc Marten shoes are better for spring.
I don’t know of any alternatives to the wonder balm, I’m so happy with this amazing boot leather softener I wouldn’t use anything else!
This definitely helps when breaking in Doc Martens because the more supple the leather is the easier the stretching process will be.
How to soften leather shoelaces is a question I’m asked quite and yes the Dr Martens shoe leather balm would be brilliant at softening the leather. just apply it to your leather shoelaces and leave them overnight, wipe any excess balm from the laces before use.
I love wearing doc martens with a floaty maxidress, shorter mini skirt or just with a pair of shorts. you could always treat yourself to a fabulous pair of Doc Martens sandals, these are my favourite
I had this problem with a pair of my Docs and I solved it by adding a pair of Doc Martens insoles, you can get them here.
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