HOW TO CARE FOR COWBOY BOOTS

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    Cowboy boots are an investment, not just a shoe. When you spend money on new cowboy boots, you expect them to last for many years to come, and with these cowboy boot care tips, they will! Caring for leather cowboy boots can seem overwhelming, but there are really just a few steps to keep your cowboy boots in great condition. We have provided cowboy boot care guides below for smooth leather boots, exotic leather boots, distressed leather boots, and suede leather boots.

    How to Care for Cowboy Boots

    Smooth Leather Cowboy Boots

    Smooth leather cowboy boots are some of the most popular cowboy boots around. They have smooth, sometimes shiny leather. These cowboy boots require just four simple steps for caring for the leather.

    Corral Men's Black Cherry Smooth Leather Boots

    1. Clean – Use a boot brush to remove dirt from the leather. You should clean your cowboy boots every day. Removing dirt from your boots is the most important step in cowboy boot care. The dirt, sand, and debris that collect in crevices will break down the cowboy boot leather and damage your boots.

    2. Condition – Smooth leather cowboy boots require occasional conditioning to keep the leather soft and supple. Be sure to read the label carefully to make sure the cowboy boot leather conditioner is intended for the leather of your cowboy boots. Not all products can be used on all boots. Rub the conditioner all-over the boots in a single, even coat with a soft cloth.

    3. Polish – Smooth leather cowboy boots will maintain that glossy leather shine with the occasional application of boot polish. Apply a thin, even layer all-over the leather of the boots with a dry, soft cloth. If multiple color options are available in the boot polish, match the color to your cowboy boots, or use a neutral polish. Do not apply polish to distressed leather or suede leather cowboy boots! It will damage and darken the leather.

    4. Protect – If you wear your leather cowboy boots in the snow or rain, you will appreciate this step of the boot care process to avoid unsightly water stains on your leather boots. Apply a water and stain protector to your boots. Let them dry for a few minutes, and then apply a second coat. It is best to apply this product when the boots are new. This will preserve the beautiful leather condition of the boots when they are looking the very best. Reapply the protector each time you condition and polish your cowboy boots. Also, store your cowboy boots in the original box and packaging. This will protect the boots from scuffs and breaking down the leather.

    Exotic Leather Cowboy Boots

    Exotic leather cowboy boots are most leathers other than cowhide: caiman leather, alligator leather, crocodile leather, snakeskin (python and rattlesnake), ostrich leather, lizard leather. These distinguished cowboy boots are easier to care for than you might think.  A little bit of regular leather maintenance, and your exotic leather cowboy boots will remain remarkable for many years. If your cowboy boots are a combination of exotic leather and distressed leather, take extreme caution in caring for each type of leather separately. Not all products can be used on all types of leathers. Read labels before applying products, and do not apply any polish to distressed leather.

    Dan Post Men's Caiman Denver Cowboy Boots

    1. Clean – Use a boot brush to remove dirt from exotic leather. You should clean your exotic cowboy boots every day. Removing dirt from your boots is the most important step in cowboy boot care. The dirt, sand, and debris that collect in crevices, especially between exotic skin tiles, such as snake skin, will break down the cowboy boot leather and damage your boots.

    2. Condition – Exotic leather boots need a conditioner specifically formulated for exotic leather types. Be sure to read the label carefully to make sure you have the correct product. Apply an all-over, even layer of exotic leather conditioner with a soft, dry cloth to keep the leather soft and supple.

    If the boot is made of different types of leather, only apply the exotic conditioner to exotic leather. Refer to the smooth leather section above or the distressed leather section below for additional care tips.

    3. Polish – Apply a thin, even layer of boot polish all-over the leather of the boots with a dry, soft cloth. If multiple color options are available in the boot polish, match the color to your exotic leather cowboy boots, or use a neutral polish. Do not apply polish to distressed leather or suede leather cowboy boots! It will damage and darken the leather.

    4. Protect – Apply a water and stain protector to your boots when they are brand new to preserve the original leather condition. Apply one even coat, and then let the boots dry for a few minutes before applying a second coat. Reapply the protector each time you condition and polish your cowboy boots. Also, store your cowboy boots in the original box and packaging. This will protect the boots from scuffs and breaking down the leather.

    Distressed Leather Cowboy Boots

    Distressed leather boots can be many different types of leather, but the finish is usually rough, cracked, or looks very beat-up. These cowboy boots require a slightly different care process, eliminating the polishing step, but they are still very easy to care for – probably the easiest cowboy boots pertaining to care and maintenance.

    Corral Men's Brown Square Toe Cowboy Boots

    1. Clean – Use a boot brush to remove dirt from the leather. You should clean your cowboy boots every day. Removing dirt from your boots is the most important step in cowboy boot care. The dirt, sand, and debris that collect in crevices will break down the cowboy boot leather and damage your boots.

    2. Condition – Select a cleaner and conditioner specifically formulated for distressed leather boots.  Be sure to read the label carefully to make sure the cowboy boot leather conditioner is intended for the leather of your cowboy boots. Not all products can be used on all boots. Rub the conditioner all-over the boots in a single, even coat with a dry, soft cloth. You do not need to polish distressed leather cowboy boots, as they already have a lot of oil in the leather, and polish can damage or darken distressed leather.

    3. Protect – Just like smooth leather boots, you need to protect your distressed leather cowboy boots from stains and water damage. Apply a water and stain protector to your boots when they are new and after each application of conditioner. Let them dry for a few minutes, and then apply a second coat. Also, store your cowboy boots in the original box and packaging. This will protect the boots from scuffs and breaking down the leather.

    Suede Leather Cowboy Boots

    Suede cowboy boots do not require any conditioning or polishing, but there are still a few necessary boot care steps.

    Dingo Women's Ava Embellished Black Suede Fashion Cowgirl Boots

    1. Clean – Use a soft brush to remove dirt from the leather – be certain to use a soft brush, and use gentle pressure to avoid damaging the suede. You should clean your cowboy boots every day. Removing dirt from your boots is the most important step in cowboy boot care. The dirt, sand, and debris that collect in crevices will break down the cowboy boot leather and damage your boots.

    2. Protect –Suede leather is especially susceptible to water damage. It is important to apply a water and stain protector to your boots when they are new.  Let them dry for a few minutes, and then apply a second coat. Reapply occasionally. Also, store your cowboy boots in the original box and packaging. This will protect the leather from damage.

    Things to Remember

    It is of the utmost importance to read all care product labels carefully. Make sure the product you are using is intended for the leather of your boots. Damage from using the wrong product can be irreversible.

    EVERY DAY: brush and store! Brush dirt off of your boots every day. It seems bothersome, but it will prolong the life of your leather boots. Store your cowboy boots in the original packaging every day to protect the shape of your boots and the appearance of the leather.

    Do not polish suede boots or distressed leather boots; doing so could darken or damage the leather.

    Avoid using colored polishes and conditioners over decorative embroidery. Any color in the polish or conditioner will change the color of the embroidery.

    Protect your boots when they are brand new to preserve that perfect leather condition.

    If your leather boots get wet, take immediate action. Remove the insole, keep the boots away from direct heat to avoid damage to the leather, and put paper towels all the way into the foot of the boot to absorb the water, replacing until dry. When the leather is dry, complete the full care guide for that type of leather cowboy boots.

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