While there are some boot care tasks you’ll need to find a professional to handle, such as resoling your boot, you can do the basics at home.
Note that exotic leather boots require specialized care. If you have exotic leather boots, you should look up a care article for the specific kind of boots you have. This article contains general care information for cow leather boots. With that said, here is some basic cowboy boot care you can do at home.
Getting the Right Supplies
Caring for your boots is fairly simple, but you’ll want to use the right tools for the job to get the best effect. For supplies, you’ll need the following items:
- A damp rag
- A dry rag
- A leather conditioner
- A leather polish
- A soft brush
Cleaning Your Boots
With your damp cloth, wipe any dirt and debris off your boots. Then, use the soft brush to help remove any scuffs or light scrapes. If there is mud really caked on, use an old toothbrush to loosen it up.
Next, allow your boots to dry completely before moving on to conditioning. However, don’t apply direct heat with a blow-dryer or another heating device. This will cause the leather to crack.
Conditioning Your Boots
Once your boots are dried, grab your dry cloth and dab it into the leather conditioner. Work from the bottom section of the boot and apply the conditioner in small, circular motions. The leather conditioner should be fully absorbed, and the boot should feel moisturized. If it doesn’t, apply another coat of conditioner.
Polishing Your Boots
Next, in the same manner that you applied the leather conditioner, buff the leather polish into the boots. The polish will add an extra layer of protection and shine to the leather.
As a proud owner of a great pair of men’s country boots, knowing how to perform basic cowboy boot care at home is essential. This extra effort keeps your boots looking their best and staying in great shape for years to come.