Here in the UK, it’s a difficult climate for keeping your boots looking new, given the 9 months of rain we tend to get! Whether you’re a daily or occasional cowboy boot wearer, there are a few things that you can do to keep your boots looking as good as new for years to come.
Seems a pretty straight forward place to start, but is the single most important thing to keep your boots looking their best. Whether they’re a smooth, distressed or suede leather boot, use a soft brush to remove any dirt or grit that can cause your boots to decay if left untreated over time.
Allow to Dry Naturally
If and when your boots do get a soaking from the rain, always allow them to dry naturally, never trying to force dry them next to a radiator or with a hair dryer. This will cause the leather to dry out, and will cause the leather to split in the long run.
Treat with a Leather Conditioner and Water Proofing
This is hugely important in wetter climates, and can add years to your boot’s lifespan. Treating any leather product is a must to keep it from drying out and in good shape, but the addition of a water and stain protector will ensure that your boots don’t pick up any staining from being worn out in the rain.
When not in use, it’s important to store your boots in a warm, dry environment, and always give them a clean before being put away. Storing in this way will allow the leather to return to it’s normal state, and will not dry it out. Also, ensuring that your boots are always stood upright and with an insert will keep the ankles from become unstable and droopy.