The Thirteenth Episode of The Denim & Boots Podcast
Keeping your boots clean and properly conditioning is not only important because it makes them look good. It’ll also make them last longer. So in this episode, Jake and I talk about boot care.
News of the week
Related podcast episode: How leather is made and types of leather
Topic of the episode: Boot care
We open the discussion by talking about how often you need to clean your boots.
As Jake argues, ideally, you should wipe your boots clean with a horsehair brush after each wear. In reality, though, neither of us do that, but at least once a week is a good standard to go by.
When your boots get really dirty, you’ll first need to clean off whatever’s on them with a damp rag or towel.
Then we talk about shoe trees, which certainly help keep the boots in their original shape. Even more importantly, shoe trees help remove moisture from the inside of your boots.
That said, neither of us really use shoe trees in our boots because we want them to age ruggedly. Jake also points out that, for instance, he likes when the toe box of his boots collapses a bit.
But for dress boots and dress shoes, shoe trees are a necessity because they should be kept as clean and new as possible since they’re more formal.
Guide to boot cleaning and conditioning
- First, brush clean with a horsehair brush.
- Wipe clean with a damp towel if necessary. Let dry after.
- Condition with leather conditioner. Jake recommends Saphir Renovateur and Smith’s Leather Balm. The Renovateur he applies with a piece of cloth while he uses his fingers to apply the Leather Balm.
- After the conditioner drys, you can go further by either using a waterproofing product such as Sno-Seal or Obenaufs. However, be aware that these (and Smith’s) will darken the leather.
- You can also use a coloured or neutral shoe polish after the conditioning product has dried. This works particularly well for smooth-finished leather.
At the end of the episode, we answer a question from listener Paul Dutra aka Glowingglass who asks if we take the back pocket stitching into consideration when we’re buying jeans.
People and companies we mention
- Badalassi Carlo
- Conner’s Sewing Factory
- Iron Heart
- Red Wing
- Smith’s Leather Balm
- Venetian shoe cream
- White Kloud
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Featured image from Pigeon Tree Crafting who’s selling Smith’s Leather Balm.