discraftbob wrote:I have been using my Merrels for over a year now. I have a few rips in the mesh but besides that they have been great (non-gore tex pair). I have a high top pair as well with the gore-tex, but without a little help they were getting leaky...... which leads me to....... anyone looking for waterproofing get SNO-SEAL!!!! It is a beeswax waterproofing goop. Hard to find in stores but its online. Easy to use...... Warm your oven up to about 150 or so, turn it off, warm up the shoes until they are very warm to the touch and apply a good coat of SNO-SEAL. Wipe off excess. I have done this with numerous shoes/boots and even some gloves. It works wonders for waterproofing, seriously. I had a pair of wal mart boot/shoes that I used for 3 years and applied SNO-SEAL once a year. If the snow/water wasn't over my ankles my feet were dry, always.
Will definitely turn the leather dark brown. Used to use on leather hikers. Do not know how it would affect the nylon part. Could plug micropores on gore-tex affecting breathability. I use camp dry, Kiwi or other silicon based sprays. Downsides are fumes, and need to re-treat frequently.