Leather Notes

Black Shrunken Bison

Basic Details

About the Tannery

Law Tanning

Established in 1936, Law Tanning is a fourth-generation, family-owned business, reflecting a deep-rooted commitment to leather craftsmanship. Law Tanning stands as a testament to American leather manufacturing, combining traditional techniques with modern approaches to produce fine leathers for various applications.

The Look

The Feel

Graphic illustration of leather care brush cleaning cloth and water drop


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 our Leather Boot Cleaner. This can be applied directly to the leather, followed by gentle pressure with a horsehair brush to lift persistent dirt from the leather.

4.  Using a clean, dry cloth, remove any excess water and/or excess cleaner, if used. 

5.  Air dry only — quickly drying with heat can shrink, deform and otherwise crack the leather. 

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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 five or six times a year. If your boots sit amongst a collection of boots — resulting in infrequent wear — they may not need conditioning for years.

You will want to prevent the leather from drying out with the occasional application of conditioner, such as our Leather Protector or Leather Cream.

Using a horse hair brush designated solely for conditioner, apply a small amount first to the brush, and then gently brush in the conditioner using swift, intentional movements. For water resistance, our Leather Protector is the better choice of conditioner, and should be applied to all seams in addition to the upper leather.

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.

Your Words, Not Ours


First off, I would like to say that as nice as these boots look in the photograph, they look even better in person. Quality wise. You could tell from the get go that these boots were manufactured to the highest standard.. the leather felt nice and the fit finish was fantastic. As for the break-in period I wore them around the house for the first couple of days after that they felt pretty damn good. By the way because of the grain pattern my 13 year old son keeps referring to these boots as daddy‘s dinosaur boots. If you’re going to spend the money to buy boots made out of bison leather in my opinion for the price you can’t do better than this.


My first time with the 20 last and I am loving the fit and the profile of this moc toe which is sleeker than my RW 1907s, The black shrunken bison leather is uniquely beautiful and I get quite a few complements from boot loversout there.. No break in issues. I have been wearing for three months and these are feeling more and more like they was custom designed for my foot.