Finding a pair of perfect leather boots that blend style and comfort in equal measure is no less of a task. But once you have landed up with the boots of your dreams, taking care of them should be your next priority. As is the thing with equestrian fashion, looking polished and chic is a must. This article will give you all the helpful tips you need for preserving your knee high boots.
STEP #1 CLEANING
Cleaning tall leather boots is the preliminary step of preserving them for later use. Cleaning is highly important, because if the surface of the boots is dirty, no amount of conditioning, polishing and weatherproofing will work. To start off with the cleaning procedure, use a cotton cloth to gently remove any overlying dirt or debris, and other coating of natural wax. In case, the dry cloth doesn’t work, try with a damp cloth to wipe away resistant grime. If all esle fails, use a saddle soap. This works great on leather boots.
STEP #2 CONDITIONING
Conditioning leather boots is equally necessary as it helps soften, smoothen as well as moisturizes the leather, thereby preventing them from drying up and cracking under the impact of abrasion. If you dwell in an arid climate, you will need to condition your leather boot more often. You can avail a quality leather conditioner from any online or brick and mortar store. Some boot-specific conditioners have a twofold purpose of weatherproofing and conditioning. Conditioning the leather boot is easy. All you have to do is dab generous amounts of the leather conditioning cream onto the boot and rub it adequately on the entire surface to cover it well. Let it stay for sometime and then wipe it off with a soft, muslin/cotton cloth to remove the excess cream.
STEP #3 POLISHING
Most knee-high leather boots have a rugged appearance that looks natural and vintage. As a result, they don’t quite need much of polishing. However, if you do want a slight polish on your boots, just use a soft cotton cloth to buff and shine the surface. Instead of using harsh polishing creams, opt for a small amount of olive oil or walnut oil. A good quality leather conditioner works well to produce a slight polish on boots. Before you think of polishing your boots, consider their style. If they have a natural leather look, with markings, skip this step.
STEP #4 WEATHERPROOFING
Weatherproofing can be done by either using a separate weatherproofing cream or a cream that has a twofold function of conditioning and weatherproofing. Different weatherproofing creams serve different purposes. If you wish to preserve the natural style of your leather boot, use a specialized conditioning spray or cream that does not alter the boot’s appearance. You can also use the regular weatherproof spray by itself, or in conjunction with a conditioning cream of a same or different brand.
STEP #5 WATERPROOF TREATMENT
The only way to wear your boots in the rain and snow is by subjecting them to waterproof treatment. Invest in a high-quality protective spray that acts as a repellent against all sorts of spills and unexpected weather changes. Basically, this stain protector prevents the spill or liquid from seeping into the fabric and spreading everywhere on the shoe. It is advisable to spray your boots once every week, by applying the protector exactly like you apply hairspray.
ADDITIONAL TIPS TO TAKE CARE OF LEATHER BOOTS
1.) Repair snow or salt stains instantly: In order to preclude the shoe damage arising from snow, use a salt stain remover on the surface immediately upon contact with snow. Let it airy overnight. This will take of any stain.
2.) Add an extra rubber sole: If you want to make your tough boots even more durable than before, add an extra rubber sole to the existing sole. This will not only extend the life of your boots but also provide greater comfort while trodding on uneven terrains.
3.) Replace damaged heels as soon as possible: Always note the condition of your heels. If you wait longer before fixing them, you will only end up spending more than necessary. Instead of waiting for the time when they become totally damaged, keep an eye on their condition and have them replaced as soon as they start wearing down.
4.) Use boot trees: Another quick tip to keep your boots in shape is by using boot trees. Store your tall boots along with a bootshaper to uphold their shape. You can avail an adjustable bootshaper that matches the dimensions of your boots and also makes for an attractive display.
5.) Fix discoloration with a leather cream: Apply a small amount of leather cream with a brush to fix a scuff or color fading on the boots.
6.) Wipe down boots after each wear: Every time you take off your boots after the day’s end, wipe them down with a dust bag, in order to remove any dust or dirt.
So, whether the forecast for the day is rainy or snowfall, you know you can rely on your tall boots with the aforementioned tips under your belt! Irrespective of the outside weather and temperature, these steps and tips can go a long way in keeping your boots clean, pristine and presentable!