Taking care of your boots

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November 30, 2012 by ginafashionistar

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If you have recently bought yourself a new pair of boots and you would like to keep them in pristine condition for as long as possible, you will need to make sure you look after them. There are a number of general maintenance tasks which you can carry out on your boots to keep them looking good for many years to come, so you can continue to wear them without having to worry about wearing them out.

You can also spruce up older boots with these simple tasks, and many of them you can do yourself to help save yourself a bit of money. Of course, taking your boots to a professional cobbler to get them fixed, but this could cost more than you can afford to pay.

1)      Keep them waterproofed

If your boots aren’t waterproof, wearing them in all weathers will be basically impossible. Rain and other weather types such as snow and sleet can ruin a good pair of boots much faster than you might expect, but even if your boots aren’t already waterproof doesn’t mean you can’t do it yourself.

As bootcc.com explains though, ‘sometimes it can be difficult to tell if dress boots have been properly waterproofed. The easiest way to do this is to ask the store where you purchase your boots if they have been properly treated. If not, then you should purchase a waterproofing coat for them. This prevents the boots from becoming cracked or brittle over time’.

You can buy waterproofing treatments from many different shoe shops and should follow the instructions carefully when applying them to your boots.

2)      Polish them regularly

As the Wikipedia page for shoe polish states, ‘shoe polish (or boot polish), is a waxy paste, cream, or liquid used to polish, shine, waterproof, and restore the appearance of leather shoes or boots, thereby extending the footwear’s life’, so it is vital that you polish your shoes regularly. If you are unsure of exactly how to polish your shoes you can find lots of how-to guides on the internet, with one good example being the step-by-step guide on WikiHow.

3)      Use shoe trees

Many people think that shoe trees are just a shoe-care myth that you don’t need to follow, but they can actually help to keep your shoes in good condition. Esquire explains that ‘shoe trees are crucial. They allow your recently worn shoes to contract and dry out to their ideal shape — but only if you choose the less decorative unvarnished ones. Varnished trees look posh, but they don’t properly draw moisture — i.e., sweat — out of the leather’.

4)      Treat suede boots

If you own a pair of suede boots, such as UGG boots, treating them could help them to last longer. Suede can be easily damaged if it comes into contact with water and leather waterproof sprays obviously won’t work on suede boots. With that in mind, you’ll need to get a special spray or product for it, which you can do so from shoe stores. eHow has an excellent article on how to treat and look after suede boots which is definitely worth checking out.

In order to make your boots last longer all you need to do is give them a helping hand by carrying out regular maintenance.

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