The rules that apply to care and conditioning of cowboy boots are very simple. Care for your leather cowboy boots and other leather goods in much the same manner as you treat your skin. The leather in your cowboy boots requires nutrients to keep them supple and strong. However, as with your favorite, comfortable worn-in jeans, the casual distressed look your boots will acquire with wear is a great look!
Using boot trees in your cowboy boots is recommended to help maintain their shape.
The four steps for proper leather cowboy boot care are:
3. Polish and
Dirt and dust are leather cowboy boots' worst enemies. Wiping down often with a damp cloth can prevent dirt and dust from cutting away at the microscopic fibers that make leather strong and durable. Boots should be cleaned with Saddle Soap. Do not use regular soap!
Condition leather cowboy boots only when they are clean and dry so the conditioner can penetrate through the pores to keep the leather soft and pliable. Lanolin-based conditioners are best. Too much oil or wax can clog the pores, which causes the leather to dry out. Also, oils and waxes attract dust.
Rejuvenate cowboy boots by applying a cream-based polish. This will cover scratches and bring a glossy finish to the leather. Only cowboy boots that have a finish can be polished.
Protect leather cowboy boots with a non-silicone water and stain protector.
Alligator, Caiman, Lizard, Ostrich, Python, Rattlesnake, Shark, Stingray
NOTE: Do not use polish on rattlesnake cowboy boots. On snakeskin boots, be sure to go with the grain of the scales.
Smooth Leather Boots:
Kidskin, Brush-off, Calfskin
Oil-Impregnated Leather Boots:
Crazyhorse, Distressed, Maddog
Buffed/Sueded Leather Boots
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