I have a pair of leather boots that are a couple of years old. They were fairly expensive and I'm not a big fan of discarding and replacing things so I'm hoping they can still be of use to me. The problem is that the boots leak through the leather.
The sole seems well sealed and I recently had a cobbler apply a new layer of glue at the sole to ensure this wasn't the issue. I believe the problem is the leather because my feet become wet after an hour or so of hiking in wet conditions and there is little to no beading of water droplets on the surface - the rain just soaks in.
I have waxed the leather repeatedly and tried both solid (at room temperature) and water-based waxes, following the label's instructions each time.
I have taken great care to not dry my boots close to a heat source but they have at times been left in a sealed car on a hot day in southern Canada.
Is there any hope for the leather in my boots? Does anyone have a novel remedy for reinvigorating the material and restoring some greater level of water repellency?
Any thoughts much appreciated.