The weather outside may be horrible,
but your boots don't have to be.
Have no fear, with these simple tips, you can keep every pair of your beloved boots looking great all season long.
1 The perfect time to spray those fab new boots with a leather or suede protector is before wearing them. Always make sure to fully cover the heels, soles and especially the grooves.
2 Salt can start damaging boots immediately (making the leather dry out and buckle), so the best time to wipe your boots with BootRescue is as soon as you come in from the snow and slush. However, if your boots have already been soiled, do not fear. Just give them a thorough going-over with BootRescue wipes, including the heels and the grooves where salt can collect and do the most damage.
3 For suede boots, once you’ve cleaned the salt stains off with BootRescue, brush them with a stiff suede brush to keep the suede looking its best. For really stubborn stains, you can use something hard to rub them off, like a nail file.
4 The key to keeping your footwear looking great is maintenance, maintenance,maintenance. So always resole or reheel those shoes or boots before they're beyond repair.
5 From time to time, it's a good idea to re-apply the leather or suede protector to your boots to keep them as well protected as possible.
6 If your boots or shoes get wet, newspaper's what you need. Simply stuff your wet footwear with it and put them somewhere away from direct heat to dry.
7 To keep the shape of your boots when you're not wearing them you can use wooden boot stuffers, but stuffing them with newspaper or wine bottles works just as well (and saves you money).
8 If your shoes or boots get a little 'fragrant', here are a few easy ways to get them fresh-smelling again: replace the insoles, stick your shoes in a plastic bag and pop them in the freezer overnight (yep, really) or place dryer sheets in them for several hours after wearing.
9 Before you store your boots for the winter, make sure to clean them thoroughly so the salt won't cause permanent damage.
10 Sunlight or extreme heat can cause leather to dry out, fade or crack, so it's best to store your boots out of direct sunlight in a temperature-controlled environment.