Leather boots will last longer if you look after them.
- Leather's a natural product and will inevitably crack without a little bit of care. Boots are subjected to much more mud, water and even horse urine than a bridle ever is but most people clean their tack more than their boots even though they're made out of the same stuff! Follow these simple rules:
- Wipe dirty boots with a damp clothor a quality leather cleaner. Household detergents may damage the leather permanently.
- If boots get soaking wet, don't use them again until they're properly dry.
- Dry wet boots away from direct heat such as radiators, boilers or fires. Use scrunched-up newspaper inside and replace it regularly until they're dry.
- Once dry and clean, treat them with a decent leather balsam or conditioner to keep the leather soft and supple.