Caring for Leather Hiking Boots
January 06, 2024

Caring for Leather Hiking Boots

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Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a weekend explorer, your leather hiking boots are an essential investment in your outdoor gear. Proper care will extend their lifespan and ensure optimal performance on the trail. Let's walk through some things you can do to keep your leather hiking boots in top-notch condition.
  • Cleaning: Start by removing excess dirt and debris from your boots. Use a horsehair brush to wipe away mud and grime gently. Pay extra attention to seams and crevices. 
  • Drying: After a hike, allow your boots to air dry. Never use direct heat sources like heaters or open flames, as they can cause the leather to crack. Stuff your boots with newspaper to absorb moisture and help them maintain their shape. 
  • Conditioning: Regularly conditioning your leather hiking boots is essential for maintaining their flexibility and preventing cracks. Choose a high-quality leather conditioner or cream and apply it evenly across the leather. Focus on areas prone to flexing, such as the ball of the foot and the ankle creases. 
  • Waterproofing: Apply waterproofing to establish a protective shield to reduce possibility of elemental damage. Ensure thorough coverage across the entire boot surface, with special attention to seams and stitching. However, it's important to note that no waterproofing is foolproof if the leather has been excessively soaked in water or mud for an extended period.
  • Storage: Store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Use boot trees or stuff them with newspaper to help maintain their form. Avoid stacking or compressing your boots, as this can lead to deformities over time.
  • Resoling: If you notice significant wear on the outsoles, consider having your boots resoled to extend their lifespan. Many outdoor retailers offer resoling services, or you can take them to a cobbler for professional assistance.

Taking care of your leather hiking boots is a small investment that pays off in the long run. So, lace up those well-maintained boots, hit the trail, and let your adventures begin!

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