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Boot Care Part 3

OIL IMPREGNATED LEATHERS (Crazy Horse, Briar, Tan Cheyenne, Dirty Brown, Earth Brown, Barracuda, Tan Distressed, Natural, Black Oily)

1) Remove dust and dirt with a soft brush or cloth.
2) While these leathers have additional oils added to them in the tanning process, in time, these oils with start to disappear. Applying heavy coats of conditioner, or products such as mink oil will help these leathers withstand the heavy abuse they were intended for.
3) Since these leathers are the most likely to become soaked in water, be sure to clean and oil them as quickly as possible. Allow them to dry naturally and never under an artificial heat source.

PATENT LEATHERS

1) Wipe boots with a soft, damp cloth to remove dirt.
2) Let dry, then buff with a soft cloth.

MICROSUEDE, MICRO FIBER (Synthetic materials)

1) Spray boots with a non-silicone stain and water protector.
2) Use a soft brush to remove dirt and dust.

In today’s footwear market, new leathers are being introduced on a regular basis. Unique looks and fabulous finishes created by various tanning methods are becoming commonplace. While we have attempted to offer care instructions for the bulk of the leathers found in our boots, there can certainly be some exceptions. If you have a question regarding the care of a specific product, please contact us at our website. We will provide you with the best information available regarding any unique situation.
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Exotic Boot Care

EXOTICS (Caiman, Ostrich, Ostrich Leg, Lizard, Snake Skin, Python)

1) Remove dirt and dust with a soft brush or damp cloth.
2) Apply thin coats of a quality exotic conditioner (water based).
3) If a sheen is desired, polish with a matching color, or neutral crème polish.
4) Apply a non-silicone stain and water protector if water protection is needed.
5) On snake skins and pythons, gently clean and condition under the scales where much dust can collect and cause leather deterioration. Spray reptile cleaners and conditioners are available that provide a foaming action to clean under the scales. After conditioning, rub the scales back down in the direction of the scale grain with a soft cloth.

(Note: Because of the delicate nature of exotic leathers, it is very important to clean and condition these leathers on a regular basis. Exotics such as Caiman and Lizard are extremely dry in nature and can crack even when not being worn. Apply thin coats of conditioner rather that thick ones. Remember to do this often)
Posted by Amy Bond on 30 March, 2015 boot care, exotic boot care | 0 comments | Read more →

Boot Care Part 2

NAKED (NUDE) FINISH LEATHERS (Deer Tanned, Non-Work Boot Distressed Leather, Toast Wyoming)

1) Remove dust and dirt with a soft brush or damp cloth.
2) Conditioner not recommended as it can turn the color much darker.
3) A quality non-silicone stain and water protector can be applied when boots are new.

SUEDE LEATHER, Snuffed finish such as Nubuck and Nappa

1) Apply a non-silicone stain and water protector when boots are new.
2) Periodically remove dust and dirt with a soft nylon brush.
3) Try to avoid mud or tarnished water which can discolor the leather and be extremely difficult to remove.

PIGSKIN

1) On smooth pig, clean as you would cowhide. Because this leather is extremely thin, cleaning and conditioning on a more regular basis is recommended.
2) On sueded pig, clean as you would cowhide suede, including the application of a quality stain and water protector.
Posted by Amy Bond on 23 March, 2015 Finished leather, Pig Skin, Suede Leather | 0 comments | Read more →

How To Care For Your Boots

The materials in your boots are some of the finest available. To extend the life of your boots, it is very important to perform maintenance on a regular basis. Cleaning your boots to remove dust and dirt and applying a quality leather conditioner, are critical in helping preserve the leather in your boots. Because many leathers differ in nature, some naturally and some due to the tanning process, the methods for proper boot care can vary. While the steps to caring for your boots are relatively easy. The following are some general suggestions for the different leathers that we offer:

COWHIDE LEATHERS (Bull Hide, Caprino, Madcat, Bison, Goat, El Paso, Crazy Cow, Worn Deer, Metallic, Napalino, Mignon, Puma, Ranch, Burnished Finishes, Copper Kettle, Embossed Leathers):

1)Remove dust and dirt with a soft brush or damp cloth.
2) While boots are still damp, apply a light coat of quality leather conditioner. Heavy coats of conditioner clog the leather pores and cannot be absorbed. Light coats are much more effective.
3) If you prefer sheen on your boots, apply a thin coat of cream polish (matching color for darker boots and neutral color for fighter colored boots). Let the polish dry, then brush off with a soft cloth.
4) For water protection, light coats of a non-silicone stain and water protector can be applied.
5) Calf leather is much thinner than cowhide. Calf can be cared for the same as cowhide but needs to be performed on a more regular basis.

Stay tune for the care of other leathers and exotics.

Posted by Amy Bond on 18 March, 2015 boot care, leather care | 0 comments | Read more →

How To Fit Or Size Boots

How should a new boot fit? Every day in our store we encounter people buying or attempting to buy the wrong size boot for their foot, often resulting in the early wear and breakdown of the liner or boot itself. One of the most common things that happens is, as a person goes to pull the boot on, they want to give up at the slightest resistance and go up in size. Why does one style of a size 8 go right on and the next style in an 8 is difficult to get on? Just like our feet, there are many different shapes and styles and profiles in boots. Some boots require a little effort to get in or out of them the first couple times but once your foot is in the boot it should fit well. A new boot should have a bit of a snug fit at first, with the ball of your foot lining up nicely to the ball of the boot sole, the arch hitting your foot in the right spot, and about an 1/8th of an inch of lift in your heel. Good quality leather relaxes and starts to give to the shape of your foot in a matter of hours!

 

Posted by Amy Bond on 28 August, 2014 Boot Fit | 0 comments | Read more →

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