Boot Care Tips

Boot that needs cleaned

Boots & Shoes

Treat your boots well, and they will return the favor. We recommend storing your boots at a mild temperature (lower than 86 degrees Fahrenheit) and dry areas (less than 70% humidity). Even a little bit of moisture can lead to significant problems if stored this way for long periods. Avoid spraying them with chemicals such as perfumes. The chemicals may discolor or damage the leather finish. Mud and dirt are part of life, but it may also reduce the life of your boots. When your boots become dirty, use a soft, clean cloth to wipe away any dirt or dust. You may use a soft brush to help remove the dirt trapped around the stitching of the boot. To extend the longevity of your boots, use a leather conditioner to polish them before first use. This will act as a protectant and will help prolong the life of your leather footwear!

Note: Leather, due to its natural characteristics, will have color variations. The color will fade and look more distressed over time. Fading is not a fault, but an inherent part of the leather.

Insoles & Footbeds

If removable, remove foot beds from footwear after use. Removal allows perspiration to evaporate.

Full-Grain Leathers

To remove dust and dirt, wipe your boots with a soft brush or dry cloth. After the removal of dust and dirt from the boot, wipe with a warm damp cloth.

If you prefer a luster or gloss to your boots, apply a thin coat of cream polish Hint: cream polish should match the color of your boots. Let the polish dry, then brush off with a soft cloth.

For water resistance, light coats of a quality water protector may be applied. Water Protector will not make the boots waterproof, only water resistant.

Cow split leathers are much thinner than cowhide. Split leather can be cared for the same as cowhide but needs to be performed more regularly.

A good quality leather conditioner is always recommended. Never use a soap it often contains alcohol and will dry out the leather.

Distressed Leathers

To remove dust and dirt from distressed leathers, use a soft brush.

Cream polish and other similar products are not recommended for this leather type. These types of products may turn the color of your boots much darker.

A quality water protector can be applied when boots are new.

Suede Leather

We recommend applying a non-silicone stain and water protector when boots are new.

Periodically remove dust and dirt with a soft brush.

Try to avoid mud and water which can discolor the leather.

Oil Saturated Leathers

To remove dust and dirt, use a soft brush or dry cloth.

During the tanning process, additional oils are added to oil saturated leathers. Over time the oil may disappear or raise to the surface. Applying a thick coat of lanolin conditioner such as Bickmore Bick 4 will help these leathers withstand substantial abuse.

If a white substance appears on the leather, this is referred to as blooming. Take a dry cloth and rub the oils back into the leather. Apply light heat from a blow dryer to help open the leather to absorb the oil.

Patent Leathers

To remove dirt or haze, wipe boots with a soft, damp cloth.

Let the patent leather dry, then buff with a soft cloth or use a patent leather cleaner that contains silicone to restore the high gloss.

Try to avoid mud and water which can discolor the leather.

Synthetic Material

We recommend applying a non-silicone stain and water protector when boots are new.

To remove dust and dirt, wipe your boots using a soft brush, or dry cloth.

You may use a water protectant on synthetic materials.

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