Before You Lace 'Em Up
Hold up: Before you've put your brand new boots on, make sure you've got them prepped for the elements.
Know Your Leather
Find out if your boots are finished or unfinished leather. The boots that you buy here at JT are almost always finished. A steel toe workboot, on the other hand, is typically unfinished.
Waterproof Oil-Tanned Leather
Oil-tanned leather should be treated with an oil-based commercial coating. Opt for paste instead of a liquid so it doesn't saturate the leather. Use a soft cloth to run the product evening into the leather.
Waterproof Chrome-Tanned Leather
Stay away from oil-based products and go with a silicon spray or shoe wax.
Boots look better with wear, but keep yours in peak condition with a few simple techniques.
Use a soft bristled brush and saddle soap or leather cleaner to clean the boots thoroughly and remove any dirt or grime.
Use a soft cloth (like an old towel) to apply leather conditioner evenly all over the boot. After the boots dry, wipe off any excess conditioner.
What does conditioner do?
When leather loses its natural oils, the material will crack and break down. Conditioners prevent this breakdown and aid with water resistance, keeping the leather supple and smooth.
How often should I use conditioner?
It depends on how often you wear your boots and your environment, but we'd say aiming to condition your boots every two weeks will help keep the leather on your boots in good shape.
Boots look great when they're all beat up, but no one wants salt or coffee stains on their footwear.
Grease, Condiment, Coffee Stains, etc.
Lather up a mixture of gentle, moisturizing soap and warm water. Dip a cloth into the mixture and wash your boots. Repeat as necessary.
Combine a mixture of vinegar and warm water. Dip a cloth into the solution and dab (don't rub) the salt stains on your boots until they're gone. Allow the boots to air dry.