Whether because it is post-season baseball or the start of rugby season, or maybe the chill in the air - I thought to dubbin my cleats. Or studs as they are commonly called in the UK. The very tacky, waxy substance that is dubbin is satisfying to work with as it smears and absorbs pitch black.
The British military has a long tradition of boot polishing regimes. Those and examples of every conceivable product used are detailed over at BlancoAndBull.com.
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