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BOOT CARE BASICS

To keep your boots in good shape it is recommended that you clean, condition,and protect them. Regularly brush off any loose dirt and dust. Certain leather finishes allow for you to wipe down with a damp cloth but please always test a small area to make sure there will be no damage. If your boots get wet, let them dry naturally. Avoid drying them near heat or direct sunlight. (Direct sunlight will cause them to fade). Conditioning of the leather should occur when it is clean and dry. Too much oil or wax can attract dust and clog the pores causing dryness.

Please ask your local leather/shoe repair person for recommendations of readily available products. Let them know our boots are dyed with vegetable dyes. Always test on a small spot on the inside or inconspicious area of the boot and wait 24 hours before using on the entire boot. .Do not store your boots in damp places and allow them to breathe wherever stored. Applying a water and stain protector is recommended.

Please note that proper care of boots may differ and be unique to the type of leather, finish and worktype a specific style may have. Here are some examples:

Smooth Leather Boots

  •  Brush off dirt or dust from boot with a soft brush or damp cloth
  •  Apply leather conditioner
  •  Apply neutral or matching cream-based polish to your boots and buff with a soft cloth
  •  Finish boot care program with a non-silicone water and stain protector

Used Finish Leather Boots

  •  Treat new boots with a non-silicone water and stain protector (test a small area to see if product stains leather)
  •  With a soft brush, brush off dirt or dust
  •  Antiqued boots by Old Gringo are supposed to look “used” and cannot receive the same cleaning and polishing treatment normal boots do. The process taken to age the boots purposely removes some of the finish of the leather on these boots.

Exotic Boots: Alligator, Caiman, Python

  •  Brush off dirt or dust with a damp cloth or soft brush.
  •  Apply an exotic leather conditioner to your boots in several thin layers.
  •  Apply a neutral or matching cream-based polish, buff with a soft cloth.
  •  Apply water and stain protector.

Buffed/Sueded Leather Boots

  •  Treat new boots with a non-silicone water and stain protector.
  •  Carefully brush your  boots to clean.
  •  Be sure to store suede boots so that they can breathe. Keep them away from light, (which can fade the color), and damp areas.
  •  If your suede boots get wet, soak up excess moisture with a clean towel. Then allow the suede to dry naturally. Do not use a heat source to speed up the process. After the boots dry, restore the nap (the raised fibers typical of suede) with a suede brush.