The zip in your long boot has tiny, intricate plastic teeth and is inevitably these are going to be more fragile than the rest of a tough leather boot – Treat it harshly and you will break it.

Always pull the zip down completely before putting your foot in or taking it out of the boot - this is important as it is the number one cause of broken zips! 

Never force a zip closed – if it’s jamming, take your foot out and try again.

Keep the zip clean. Remove dirt, grit and school surface with a small brush (eg old toothbrush) and water. Dirty zips will not do up smoothly and you’ll be tempted to force it – causing damage.

Use boot trees when you are not wearing your boots. They prevent the boot shaft from collapsing and relieve pressure on the zip teeth.

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