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For anyone who shops at Clark's it is a familiar question. "Would you like some protector spray to go with your new shoes". Being honest, my reply will often depend on how excited I am about the new shoes, if they are a good pair or a real bargain quite often I'll buy the protector spray, if it's a functional purpose probably not. Unfortunately because you don't always think when you are buying things I have to admit I have probably overbought this product for the amount of times I've used it and we have three canisters in our cupboard currently.
The spray is a lean aerosol can containing 200ml, it can be used on leather, canvas or nubuck and is suitable for use on any colour. The idea is that this spray is designed to help ensure your new shoes have a long and protected life. The spray is designed to protect against stains and reinforce the shoes material against water damage.
Obviously in the UK, this is quite handy, but my argument has always been that if my shoes aren't waterproof why did I buy them?
I generally use the protector initially after buying shoes and then forget about it for ages and use it again when my shoes have some kind of scuff. I have found my shoes are generally very capable in rainy conditions at avoiding taking in too much water, I am not sure though if I can attribute this to the shoe or the spray, equally I find that stains or scrapes on my shoes are equally well removed using old fashioned shoe polish.
I have only used the protector spray with leather shoes, so can't comment on it's powers with canvas or nubuck, and being honest would struggle to comment on their power with my leather shoes. I have leather shoes which haven't been sprayed and they are relatively water resistant, ditto for the ones which have been sprayed. Is this a marvel of the spray or of Clarks powers of making shoes, I don't know?
For me the product has an element of Emperors new clothes about it, it claims to be invisible, which is very convenient, as you can't see that it is doing anything, and I think that is why it only really sells to people buying new shoes. Much as hungry people are enticed to buy certain foods in supermarkets, or bars entice drinkers with various smells and product placements, people buy this spray in the feeling it will add to the product they've just bought, when really you should ask the shop assistant when they try to sell you this, whether the shoes you are buying are not water resistant anyway?
The spray costs £4 and comes in a long thin can, which doesn't really look appealing or enticing, it is silver with a clear lid, the labelling is attractive enough, but it is dull and not something you would ever look at twice.
From writing this review, I've realised I've wasted £12 on something I really can't confirm works or not, I will be asking the Clarks assistant next time I buy shoes about this as I have enough of this product to last me another 20-30 pairs of shoes, although more likely the next time I buy shoes I will forget all about this review and about the unloved cans sat in my cupboard and will purchase another bottle believing it will somehow add something to my lovely new shoes.
In terms of whether this product protects your shoes, I find it difficult to provide clear evidence either way, my shoes generally last a long time, many have been sprayed with this spray, but they have no difference in life span or quality of product to those which haven't been sprayed, so this makes me presume the product doesn't do much other than provide reassurance and a placebo for people who worry about shoecare.
When we purchased my son's latest shoes from Clark's they recommended frequent spraying with protector spray to ensure that they remained waterproof. Normally, when asked if I had plenty of spray I always say yes on reflex. On this occasion, with it being the middle of winter and I was concerned that, having paid a fair price for the shoes, they may not stand up well to the wet weather, I asked for a bottle of the spray.
The spray comes in a silver aerosol can with a plastic cap. I can't remember exactly how much it cost us, I think it was in the region of £5. The protector is said to 'invisibly protect all colours of leather, suede, nubuck and canvas. It resists water penetration and guards against stains'. As my son's new shoes were leather and part suede, this was perfect for them.
To apply, I spray directly onto the shoes from a distance of 10-15cm away. The spray does smell quite strong and has a slight chemical scent to it so I usually spray in a well ventilated room. Once sprayed, it is not detectable on the shoe. Immediately after applying, the shoe looks wet but this soon dries and then the shoe looks as it did prior to spraying. I apply the spray to the shoes every other week, as advised by the sales assistant in Clarks.
So far, my son's shoes have worn well. They have remained waterproof even in wet weather (and some splashing in puddles). He has welly boots for very wet days though so this probably helps conserve the shoes too! Obviously I have no comparison to make either as I have applied the spray - there is no telling of this has really made a difference or if the shoes would have been fine without it. I have applied this to some of my own shoe too and I think that it has made a difference to these - my boots certainly offer more protection from the rain (and wet feet) after they have been coated in this spray.
Overall, this is a good shoe protector that offers added water resistance to your footwear. It is quick and easy to apply and is effective too. Recommended.
When I bought a new pair of suede shoes just before the winter I wanted to get a spray to protect them as they weren't exactly cheap to buy. I went into Clarks as I could vaguely remember them selling shoe care accessories behind the till and sure enough, they had some aerosol shoe protector. As well as protecting suede shoes, this spray is also suitable for leather, nubuck and canvas.
The spray comes in a blue and silver can with a spray lid. The spray lid works very efficiently and provides an even covering of the protector. You don't end up with very blotchy wet patches all over your shoes. The spray also boasts a new formula which is PFOS and PFOA free. A quick Google search tells me that PFOS is a manmade flourosurfactant which was a key ingredient in 3M's Scotchguard. This is a global pollutant, and causes cancer in animals. PFOA was used as a water and oil repellent as has also been found to be carcinogenic in animals. So basically, it's a pretty good idea that they've removed these things from the spray. On the back of the can there isn't actually a list of ingredients, but it does warn than it's extremely flammable and an irritant. I tend to spray my shoes outdoors or with a window open anyway which minimises the risk of inhaling loads of the stuff.
The instructions on the spray advise you to first clean your shoes, then brush them, then spray from 20cm away. When the shoes are dry they're good for you to wear! Personally, I can never be bothered with the first steps I just spray the shoes straight away. It might make a difference to some people, but my shoes aren't ever really stained or scuffed so I see no need to do this. If they ever were scuffed before I needed to spray them, I'd definitely give them a bit of a brush before spraying.
I've found that this spray gives long term protection again stains and protects from rain. I've worn the shoes out in sort of light to medium rain and they were absolutely fine. The one time I was caught in a heavy downpour the spray went some way in stopping the water but a little bit got through (probably around the laces). I don't tend to make a habit out of wearing suede shoes in the heavy rain, it's usually down to our wonderful British weather! This spray gives excellent value for money, as it was bought for around £5 if I can remember correctly, and the can has lasted absolutely ages.
Yes I was suckered into buying this protector. It does seem good. One question. If clarks think it's so wonderful why don't they coat all their shoes with it at the time of manufacture?Or am I being too cynical?
Whenever you buy a pair of nice shoes you always get the hard sell, "would you like to buy our protector spray, you've spent a lot of money on your shoes, why not protect them for just £4.99, etc, etc?" Usually I don't fall for this as I never think I usually need it but this winter I bought myself a lovely black of black leather flat boots from Clarks and I want them to last me for quite a few seasons to come so I decided to buy the spray too. I have used this spray in the past and I knew that it worked well and also I had run out of my last can so thought it was a good idea to purchase a new can.
I purchased my boots from Clarks as I had a 20% off voucher gained when I bought my little boy his first pair of Clarks shoes so I was saving myself quite a bit of money already so didn't think it was too bad that I had to buy some spray too. Clarks say that this protector spray, "Invisibly protects all colours of leather, suede, nubuck and canvas. Resists water penetration and guards against stains."
My boots are made of a lovely leather and are black and knee high. They look like good quality boots and I want them to stay that way so I decided to purchase this spray mainly to keep them looking good and protect them against the elements. As we all know it rains a lot in winter in England and I wanted leather rather than suede so I could wear these boots when it is wet.
The spray is easy to use. I suggest doing it outside as it is quite a potent spray and has quite a chemical smell to it so its nice to be able to do it somewhere where the smell will not linger. I put my arm into the boots and then use my other hand to spray the boots all over. I hold the can about 5cm away from the boots so they get a nice even coverage and not sprayed too closely. The spray will take a few minutes to dry so once I have sprayed all over the boots I leave them to dry and then I actually apply another coat just to be safe.
I have had these boots for well about two months now and they have been worn almost daily. With this spray I am not afraid to go out and get them dirty and wet as I know they will be protected. Plus they still look as good as new and if I do get any dirt on them I can just buff them out and the boots still look great. I would definitely recommend this spray if you want to look after your shoes.
When I first bought my daughter a pair of shoes from Clarks they did the usual attempt at add on sales which generally drives me mad although this product I did feel would be a good idea and bought.
The product cost me £3.50 at the time and came packaged in a small silver box with some burgundy detailing on it and the Clarks name on it, it promises that the product will reduce the scuffing of shoes and prevent damp marks. The claim states "Resists water penetration and guards against stains" and "Invisibly protects all colours of leather, suede, nubuck and canvas"
The product comes in a small aerosol bottle and to use the product you are supposed to spray it onto the shoes before they are worn, we didn't actually do this as when we bought our daughter her first pair of Clarks shoes she walked out the shop wearing them. The product sprays out in a fine mist so coats the shoes pretty well without spraying too much which is good as to be frank it absolutely stinks and this is probably why it states on the box that you should use the product in a well ventilated area.
I have found that this product is really good at preventing water marks as like just about any child my daughter sees a puddle and insists on jumping in it as if she is drawn to it like a magnet but yet her shoes have never been left with any water marks on them. I thought that this product was really good at preventing scuff as well as my daughters shoes hardly ever had any scuffs so I was impressed however since this we have bought our younger daughter some Clarks shoes and she scuffs then dreadfully so guess the product actually isn't great on scuffs and my older daughter is just better at keeping her shoes neat.
I would rate this product at 4 stars out of 5 as it is a good price and prevents water marks which can really spoil the look of shoes and since Clarks shoes are close to hitting £35 a pair now I will try to protect them in any way I can. I would however say that the performance could be much better at protecting from scuffs.
I love Clarks shoes and own several pairs. My husband and children also wear Clark's shoes, so between us we own quite a few pairs! I am not really very good at cleaning shoes and neither is my husband! As shoes are not cheap it is important to look after them to try and prolong their life. With this in mind I always give any new pair of shoes a spray with Clarks protector spray before they are worn for the first time.
Whenever I buy a new pair of shoes or boots from my local Clarks shop I am always asked if I need any protector spray for them. The question is a helpful one; and not just for Clarks profits! Clark's protector spray is designed to be used on leather, canvas and nubuck and is suitable for all colours.Using the spray before you wear your shoes, will help to protect them against water penetration in addition to resisting any marks. It is important to spray before you wear your shoes outside as the spray works best on clean shoes.
The spray comes in a 200ml aerosol can and costs £4. It is very easy and quick to use; simply spray the fine mist over the shoes and leave to dry. The instructions advise that you spray in a well ventilated area. I try to spray my shoes outside as the spray does have a strong, unpleasant smell! However once the shoes are dry there is no odour. After the initial spray, I tend to re-spray about once every few months to keep our shoes in good condition.
I have used this spray on all my family's shoes for several years now so feel able to give an honest review. Firstly on my shoes it works well, especially my nubuck pair. Spraying does help prevent marks and has helped keep my shoes water resistant. The same is true for my husband's leather shoes. However it is not as effective on my son's shoes. Although the spray does help to stop the shoes marking when they have been in muddles, it doesn't prevent scuff marks! But then that would be asking for something pretty special!
Overall I would recommend this spray. It does help keep shoes in good condition and lasts for ages. However don't expect miracles if you have children's shoes to care for!
I bought this protection spray nearly 2 years ago when I bought my son's first shoes from Clarks. I freely admit I was suckered into the sales talk of looking after his shoes by spraying them to reduce scuffing and damp marks especially as we had paid nearly £30 for these cute little shoes.
The protector spray by Clarks is an aerosol can that can be recycled. Clarks claim that this protector "Invisibly protects all colours of leather, suede, nubuck and canvas." and "Resists water penetration and guards against stains." You are advised to spray this on to shoes before their first wear, so you are spraying it on to a clean and virgin surface that is free from any marks or scuffs. The spray should be sprayed in a fine mist all over the shoes from a short distance away. You are advised to use this in a well ventilated area
Now I have used this protector not just on my sons' shoes but on my husband's shoes and my own. Now I have to say the advice about a well ventilated area is true as this stuff stinks to high heaven and I now try to spray these outside and bring the shoes in once they are a bit drier and less smelly. That said once the shoes are dry there is no residual smell so I think it just the misting of the spray that causes these whiffs.
The protection element of this product is in my opinion quite good. My son enjoys jumping in puddles as most little boys are want to do and can spot one even on a dry day. Now whilst the protector doesn't make the shoe waterproof it does actually stop there being any water marks being left once the shoe has dried out. Equally small spots of water do just trickle off mean that his feet don't get wet. On the times that I have had my shoes on in the rain I can say that my feet haven't got soaked either and there has been no tide mark left on my shoes from these watery walks. I think this is most noticeable in winter when it even seems to stop my shoes getting white salt marks from the grit on the health centre paths where I work.
It does hold up less well against scuffs on my sons shoes but I think it would need to be 100 times stronger to stop his shoes getting scuffed. The reason is this is when he plays at our local playground the toe area of all his shoes just seem to suffer at lot from scuffs as he climbs up slides and goes round the roundabout. On a normal everyday wearer like me or my husband there has only been a few scuffs that have got through the protective barrier and these generally get polished out with some shoe polish.
The spray can we have was bought nearly two years so it does have a good shelf life. With the following type of usage - I give all of our shoes a spray with this once a fortnight in the wetter weather and if my son's shoes have got drenched from a puddle attack once totally dry I will reapply the protector then.
I would definitely recommend this spray to give your shoes some protection but don't expect miracles on children's shoes. At around £5 I think from Clarks shoe shops it is worth its money I think.
First of all, I claim no responsibitlity for the wonky spelling of the title above. Sort it out Dooyoo!
Any parent who has been to a Clarks shoe store will know what it is like as soon as you get to the checkout. You are not going to get past the sales girls without being asked if you want to buy some sort of shoe polish or protection. Over the years I have ended up with most of their products, so I now just say "yes, I've already got that, thank you", and make a quick getaway! One of their products which I have had for some time is the Protector Spray.
The spray comes in a 200ml aerosol can, and the can lasts for absolutely ages. The can that we have was bought a couple of years ago, and there is still a bit left in the bottom, so it is quite a good investment. I think the can cost around £4 at the time, although it has been a while since I bought it, so the price may be different now.
The reason that the spray was recommended to me was because I had bought some children's shoes that were made up of different materials of different colours. You often get shoes for toddlers that are multicoloured, with suede details, and they obviously can't be cleaned with regular coloured cream polish. The spray can be used on all types of shoe, whether leather, suede nubuck or canvas, and the spray provides a protective, waterproof layer that guards against stains and watermarks. The only material that is excluded from this list is patent leather.
The staff in store suggest that you put a layer of the spray on the shoe before they are worn for the first time.. You simply spray the product on your shoes and leave them to dry for 3 minutes before wearing them.
The bottle contains the usual warnings about using in a well ventilated area and the fact that the spray is flammable. The can should not be put in direct sunlight or anywhere with high temperatures.
So, does the product work? Well, I wouldn't call this a miracle product, I mean, nothing is really going to stop your kids shoes getting dirty, is it? Likewise, if you have a heavy downpour and your kid is jumping in puddles, it is not really reasonable to believe that a bit of spray is going to stop the shoes getting marked! Saying that, I do quite like the product, particularly if the kid's shoes are looking a but dull and I haven't the time to give them a proper clean, a quick once over with this spray seems to bring them up to a nice shine without too much effort, so it is great as a quick fix.
When you have kids shoes made up of different types of leather, you are limited as to what you can use to keep them looking nice, and this is one product that you can use on them, which will prolong their life for a bit.
In summary, this is a reasonably priced product that will last for several years, can be used on most shoes and is very easy to use. I like the fact that it is a quick fix when you are on your way out and want your shoes to look nice without too much effort. Just don't expect miracles from this spray, as kids will mark and scratch their shoes, that is just part of life. However, this is a product that I will always buy and keep in the porch by the shoes to keep them looking nice.