Caring for your leather starts with keeping it clean to prevent dirt buildup & water or salt damage. Ideally, you'll condition your leather as you feel it getting dry. If you wear your boots regularly in harsh conditions, clean them often & condition after 6-10 wears. In better conditions, you can wait til about 20 wears, give or take a few. Don't get obsessive, as too much conditioning can create an undesirable look, soften the leather too much, & cause quicker build-up of polish & dirt.
Below is a general introduction to caring for your leather boots. There are more detailed guides around the internet for anyone looking to get more extreme. Have fun!
- Find a soft & clean cloth & add a touch of water
- Remove dirt from your boots with your damp cloth
- Dust your boots with a different, dry & clean cloth
If not thoroughly cleaned, the conditioner you apply will trap the dirt and speed up the leather's deterioration.
- Follow the directions of your chosen wax-based conditioner
- Apply in small amounts with your fingers to the dry areas
- Let stand for 15-20 minutes
POLISH (if desired)
We recommend a neutral polish, so as to not change the finish of your boots.
- Follow the directions of your chosen polish
- Apply in small amounts with a soft & clean cloth
- Buff the shoe with a horsehair brush, in left to right motions
- Swiftly polish with a soft & clean cloth to bring out a high luster
- Let stand for several hours in a cedar shoe tree
- Remove the excess polish from your boots every 3-6 months, then condition & rebuild
- Clean the welt of your boots from time to time (try a damp q-tip)