Review: Blackrock Leather ‘n Rich

I tripped across Instagram the other day and noticed a post for ‘Blackrock’, a leather care product that claims to clean, nourish and protect all finished leathers.

I asked in the comments section of the post for a sample to review, and Thomas Angelo, the company owner graciously didn’t just send me a small packet, but a full jar of the product to try out.

I’ll be posting a video of this review here on the blog in coming days, but wanted to immediately write this post to give everyone the low-down on the product.

I’ve got a pair of Lucchese ostrich leg boots that haven’t had a shine to them in a long time. These were purchased with only slight wear on them, but obviously were ignored for some years receiving no conditioning or cleaning whatsoever. The kind likely worn a half dozen times then left to sit in a closet. They were dry and as much as I tried to get them to take moisture and loosen up, they just wouldn’t. You can use conditioners at times and you’ll get a shine, which fools you into thinking you’ve moisturized deep into the leather—you haven’t. You’ve only put a shine to the very top, finish layer. That doesn’t always do the leather any good, and in some cases of exotics, it can clog the pores and ultimately hurt your boots.

That’s where Blackrock is different. This product is put on in small amounts with your finger. You work it into the leather in small circles, and you can actually see/feel it penetrate into the surface. It’s a medium/heavy viscosity goo a bit thinner than petroleum jelly. Once it’s rubbed in you do see a shine immediately, but directions indicate that you should then take a soft cloth and wipe it off, removing the dirt and excess Blackrock product. The Lucchese boots looked so good at that point I was tempted to let them alone and allow the product to really sink in—so I did. A half hour later I grabbed a cloth and went to work wiping.

Now there’s a caveat here: in my case this was not a quick process. My boots were dry, and had dirt obviously become embedded in the leather pores—because when I began to rub the cloth got real dirty, real quick. If you encounter the same you should routinely flip the cloth to a clean spot. I should also note that during the initial rubbing there was a somewhat tacky, dull film produced on the boots. Keep rubbing (not so hard) to remove that. Once you get to that point direction say you can use a horsehair brush to polish. I used a clean terry cloth. If you wait another 10 minutes or so after that removal of dirt and ‘tackiness’, when you begin to buff you’ll see such a shine it’ll blow your mind. Leave them set another 10 minutes after that and buff again, and it’ll get even better.

As I said, if you’re working with dry, uncleaned boots this shouldn’t be a quick process, but it’s so worth it. Set aside 20 minutes and make it happen—you won’t regret it. If you’ve got good boots that have been cared for correctly, I’m sure it’ s a faster process. I do have to wonder what would have happened had I not removed the product at all and just let it remain on the boots, but I opted not to do that and more or less followed the directions. After all, Thomas and his Grandfather know best.

My ostrich leg boots now look better than they did on the ostrich. The rich, deep color of the black cherry is back, and the leather is soft and smooth without losing that ostrich texture. The shine is better than some new boots you see on the shelf.

This is an amazing jar of goo, and I’m clearly not alone in that opinion. For this product to do what no other product has been able to do for my most distressed and unhealthy boot(s) is nothing short of remarkable. Get some and try it out