How To Care For Your Leather Boots

Taking care of your boots doesn't take much time or effort, but there's more to it than just a routine polish. It's time for a crash course on proper leather boot care.

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Guide To Caring For Your Boots

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Guide To Caring For Your Boots

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.

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Walker Wedge
Now $34.99
$99
Color: Tan Calf Leather
Size: 7

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.

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Kimbo Chelsea
Now $34.99
$99
Color: Brown Calf Leather
Size: 7
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Kimbo Chelsea
Now $34.99
$99
Color: Black Calf Leather
Size: 7

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.

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Alexander Plain Toe
Now $29.99
$99
Color: Tan Calf Leather
Size: 7

Waterproof Chrome-Tanned Leather

Stay away from oil-based products and go with a silicon spray or shoe wax.

Basic Care

Boots look better with wear, but keep yours in peak condition with a few simple techniques.

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.

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Vincent Hiker
Now $29.99
$129
Color: Tan Waxy Crazy Horse Leather/Canvas
Size: 7

Use a soft bristled brush and saddle soap or leather cleaner to clean the boots thoroughly and remove any dirt or grime.

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Robert Lug
Now $29.99
$119
Color: Tan Crazy Horse Leather
Size: 7
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Robert Lug
Now $29.99
$119
Color: Black Crazy Horse Leather
Size: 7

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.

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Michael Wingtip
Now $29.99
$119
Color: Navy Cow Suede/Leather
Size: 7

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.

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Crevo
Boardwalk
Now $27.49
$95
Color: Chestnut
Size: 7

Stain Removal

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.

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Timberland
Heston Mid GORE-TEX Membrane
Now $64.99
$170
Color: Medium Brown Full-Grain
Size: 7

Salt Stains

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.

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Eastland
Lumber Up
Now $44.99
$125
Color: Black Leather
Size: 8
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Crevo
Buck
Now $27.49
$90
Color: Dark Brown
Size: 7
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