Reviving your Leather Spanish Boots: A Post-Winter Care Guide

Old Cascada Spanish Boots

As winter bids farewell, it's time to transition your footwear from battling snow, mud and rain to embracing the freshness of spring. Your leather boots, faithful companions through chilly days, deserve a little post-winter pampering. Follow our comprehensive guide to ensure your boots not only survive but thrive, maintaining their lustre and durability for many seasons to come. Leather is a natural fabric that requires moisturising to keep it supple and in tip top condition.

1. Cleaning and Brushing:

Before storing your winter boots, give them a thorough cleaning. Brush off any mud, or residue accumulated during winter walks and wash with either soapy warm water or special leather cleaning solutions. Use a soft-bristle brush or a damp cloth to gently wipe away surface stains. Pay extra attention to seams and creases where debris tends to gather, especially the crease over the toes and around the ankle.

2. Conditioning for Supple Leather:

Leather will lose moisture in harsh winter conditions, leading to dryness and potential cracking. Invest in a high-quality leather conditioner and apply it generously to your boots. This not only restores moisture but also nourishes the leather, keeping it supple and preventing stiffness. Allow the conditioner to be absorbed overnight for optimal results. Warming the boots either by wearing them or place them in a warm oven on a very low temperature for 5 minutes will allow any treatment to soak further into the leather. Ensure boots are fully dry before warming as heating them when wet could dry them out too quickly and cause cracking.

3. Waterproofing for Spring Showers:

As the season transitions, unpredictable spring showers are on the horizon. Ensure your leather boots remain water-resistant by applying a waterproofing spray or wax. Focus on seams and stitching, as water tends to seep through these areas. Regular reapplication will maintain the protective barrier, safeguarding your boots from unexpected downpours. We suggest to clean and treat your boot once a month.

4. Storage with Care:

Bid farewell to winter boots, but don't just toss them in the back of your wardrobe. Keep them fully zipped up and insert boot shapers or use rolled-up newspapers to maintain their shape. Store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent fading. Consider using breathable fabric shoe bags to protect against dust while allowing air circulation.

5. Inspect and Repair:

Take this opportunity to inspect your boots for any signs of wear or damage. Check the soles, heels, and stitching for potential issues. If you spot any problems, consider taking your boots to a professional cobbler for timely repairs. Addressing minor issues now can prevent them from escalating and extend the lifespan of your favourite footwear.

6. Rotation Strategy:

If you have multiple pairs of leather boots, consider rotating them regularly. This not only allows your boots to air out between wears but also reduces the wear and tear on any single pair. It's a simple yet effective way to prolong the life of each pair.

By following these steps, you will ensure your leather boots emerge from winter's grip revitalized and ready to stride into the warmer months with style and resilience. Show your trusty boots some extra love, and they'll continue to be your reliable companions for seasons to come.

Our treatment suggestions can be found here under After Care


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