Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Breaking in Clogs with Chambers Leather Balsam

Do you have a pair of clogs?  Do you actually wear them?

If you answered "no" to my second question, then I'll hazard a guess that you find clogs too painful to wear.  You're not alone.  Clogs are reknowned for their ultra stiff leather.  My last outfit post where I was wearing a pair of Swedish Hasbeens prompted a few questions and comments about how I managed to break them in.  They were as-new when I bought them from a charity shop.  The leather was incredibly stiff, and even just trying them on was a bit painful.  That's probably why they were in the charity shop!  I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to wear them, but I took them home anyway.

breaking in clogs @porcelinasworld

The weeks passed, and I tried wearing the clogs around the house with thick socks.  It didn't really work.  They just hurt my feet too much.  I turned to my husband for help to save the pretty shoes, and he confidently accepted the challenge... and triumphed!  Yes, I now have a pair of clogs with comfortable, soft leather.  I wouldn't walk miles in them as mine have very high heels, but I can wear them for a day in the office with no problems.

So how do you rescue your clogs?  The product that worked was Chambers leather balsam.  We've used it before on furniture, bags, jackets and more.  Simply massage it into the leather, and it gradually softens and nourishes.  The balsam is really moisturising for your skin too, so you're nourishing your hands as well as your leather goods.

A couple of years ago I reviewed some leathercare products from Chambers.  You might remember the radical transformation of a 1940s motorcycle jacket.  It was brought back from the dead!

Restoring 1940s leather jacket @porceelinasworld

Restoring 1940s leather jacket @porceelinasworld

One lucky reader can win their own leather care set from Chambers.  There are lots of ways to obtain entries, simply sign in to Rafflecopter below to get started.  UK entrants only sorry!  Closes midnight on Wednesday 13th September 2017.

I'm not being paid for this - I just really, really love the products.  I have lots more items to restore using the magic balm over the coming months, so I'll be sure to share the results with you.


  1. I've never heard of that, but it sounds like good stuff. You worked magic on that jacket!

  2. What a fantastic and simple solution to a nasty problem. The breaking in stage is what had stopped me from buying a pair of clogs. Maybe I will invest now.

  3. Sounds like a great product, and I'm sure it will work with other leather shoes too. I've got a couple of pairs (ok, many pairs) which would benefit for such a treatment. xxx

  4. I need to try this stuff. Shame it is only for UK residents : (


  5. A brilliant tip. I have some clogs with exactly that problem. And we used to have some similar leather balsam (different brand) - it never occurred to me, but I'll get some Chambers on your recommendation. Yippee for a problem (hopefully) solved! Kx

  6. That's awesome! I'll have to see if I can find some that stuff - I've got some leather shoes that could definitely use some TLC. Thank you for the tip!

  7. Oh my gosh, I need some!!! I love my clogs but blimey do they hurt after a while. It's weird because I used to wear clogs all the time when I was a kid (we had Swedish friends!) and they softened up much quicker than my Swedish Hasbeens. xx


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