Generally speaking, water and a clean cloth go a long way toward keeping your boots in tip top shape. Our basic leather care is broken down into two processes: cleaning and conditioning.
A QUICK GUIDE TO
1. Using a horse hair brush, lightly brush to remove any debris, dust and dirt from the uppers.
2. Take a wet-but-not-dripping, clean cloth to further release any stubborn dirt, and pickup all additional buildup.
3. If there is dirt or mud thickly caked on that does not come off with just water, we recommend Saddle Soap. Apply with a damp cloth, rubbing a small amount into a lather on the cloth, using gentle pressure to lift persistent dirt from the leather.
4. Using a clean, dry cloth, remove any excess water and/or excess Saddle Soap, if used.
5. Air dry only — quickly drying with heat can shrink, deform and otherwise crack the leather.
Suede Exception: for any suede boots, do not use Saddle Soap, and instead use a special suede brush that will smooth and even out the nap (the fine fibers standing up on the surface) of the suede.
Just like your skin, leather becomes dry and needs to be reconditioned to retain its strength, prevent cracking and therefore prolong its lifespan. Frequency of conditioning is dependent on three things: the leather, your lifestyle and the climate in which you live.
For frequently worn boots, you may want to condition as often as four times a year. If your boots sit amongst a collection of boots — resulting in infrequent wear — they may not need conditioning for years.
Signs that your boots need to be conditioned include stiffness or a feeling of dryness to the touch. Leather should never be allowed to get so dry that visible cracking occurs on the surface.
For specific leathers, see below.