Let’s make a pact. Every time we buy a new pair of boots, let’s resist our urge to don them ASAP and instead take them home, show them some TLC and treat them, so they can withstand the elements that we endure during the colder, wetter months. And when the inevitable fluke rain or snow storm occurs, let’s at least try our darndest to recoup the damages.
Here is a quick guide on taking care of the ultimate Colorado accessory:
- Prevention: The best way to protect your boots right out the gate (and help them last longer) is to apply a waterproofing spray or wax right after purchase. Aqualseal and Kiwi both make great products. It also doesn’t hurt to apply a leather conditioner as well.
- Cleaning: Removing any dust or debris is something you should do after every wear. To remove stubborn salt stains, wipe down with water and white vinegar. They’ll look good as new!
- Drying: If you’ve stepped in a rogue, roadside puddle, no need to worry. As soon as you get home, get some newspaper, stuff your boots with it, and let them dry for a day or two, replacing the paper as needed.
- Storing: When tucking your boots away, keep them in a fabric bag or a loose shoe box; leather needs a chance to breath or else it could crack. Or even better, you can buy cedar shoe trees on Etsy or Amazon which help to absorb excess moisture.