Leather boots are among the top choices for people looking for hiking boots. This is because leather boots are rugged and last for a long time while providing comfort at the same time. Leather that hiking boots are made of wear out after a while; the leather starts to crack and dry out. There are specific ways to care for your leather hiking boots to prevent them from being ruined, or to help you restore them in case they are damaged. Damage to shoes while hiking is inevitable, as while hiking, you tend to go through rough and rugged paths – the paths that necessitate specialized shoes for hiking. Trekking through such trails is what leads to the most depreciation of your leather hiking boots.
There are a few steps required to keeping your leather boots in good, wearable condition. These steps are:
1. Knowing and choosing the appropriate cleaning and conditioning agents for the shoes, depending on the type of leather and other factors.
2. The actual cleaning and conditioning of the leather boots
3. Drying and storing the leather boots
These steps may seem relatively straightforward, but there are a few tricks to follow to make sure they are done right.
Choosing The Appropriate Cleaner And Conditioner For The Leather Boots
The type of cleaners and conditioners to be used on leather boots very specifically depends on the type of leather that was used to make the boots. It can be rough leather such as suede or full-grain leather. Here, we must keep in mind that while cleaning is a general necessity for all shoes, conditioning is done for leather hiking boots to restore the waterproofing feature of the shoes. Conditioning is only done for full-grain leathers and can ruin rough leathers. Many leather boots that consist of a Gore-Tex membrane do not require any conditioning; they can be cleaned with a plain cloth to restore the waterproofing feature in leather boots. However, this highly depends on the type of leather of which hiking boots are made. If the wrong conditioning agent is used, it can completely ruin the leather boots.
Cleaning And Conditioning Of The Leather Hiking Boots
First comes the process of cleaning the leather boots, then the one of conditioning them to waterproof the shoes. To clean your leather boots, first, use a brush with soft edges to clear off the dust and the dirt. Presuming that you have chosen a leather boot cleaner that is suitable to the type of leather that your shoes are made of, wash the leather boots with this cleaning agent and water. Make sure to remove the laces of your leather boots before you begin the processes of cleaning and conditioning.
For conditioning, you must make sure that your leather hiking boots are thoroughly soaked in water, preferably immediately after the process of cleaning is over. If the boot is not wholly soaked, soak them by wrapping around them a dripping wet towel for some time. Next, put the conditioner on your shoes, but make sure that you follow the instructions from the conditioner packaging clearly, to prevent any mishaps with your leather boots.
Drying And Storing The Boots
Some tips while drying are as follows. You may use a fan to dry your leather boots. However, keep in mind to not leave your leather boots to dry in the sun or using any other source of heat. Additionally, the leather boots must be kept to dry somewhere with low humidity. A pro-tip for drying leather boots: stuff some wastepaper into the shoes to help soak up the dampness or water, and change the paper just as it gets wet.
Storing your leather boots is not a tricky thing. All you have to do is make sure that they are stored in a place with proper ventilation and where average and stable temperatures are available.