Do your old boots look unattractive & dusty like mine?
We can have them looking like new in no time!
Here’s how I spruce up my old leather boots to make them look delicious, last longer and get the most wear out of them.
Rubber gloves. Soft cloth/rags. Leather cleaner & conditioner. Black – or brown – leather shoe polish (if needed). Blackrock Leather ‘N’ Rich (optional). Shoe brush (optional, but optimal).
What to do:
- First, dust off the boots with a soft rag (or a feather duster, if you’re feeling fancy). 😉
- Then, take a hot, soaking wet rag. Wring it out and wipe each boot down to remove any surface dirt.
- After wiping them clean, generously apply some leather cleaner & conditioner. I’m using the same kind I used here to revive an old, used leather purse. Leather CPR. Good stuff! Find it at Bed, Bath and Beyond, or Home Depot.
- After letting the leather conditioner soak in for a few minutes, wipe them down again with a dry cloth to remove any excess conditioner then, rub the rest in (using small, circular motions) to condition the leather.
All done, unless you want a little extra shine! The leather should feel supple and slick to the touch, with a soft sheen.
- For more shine, once the leather conditioner has dried, apply a little Blackrock Leather ‘N’ Rich and rub it in. A shoe brush is recommended for this. I don’t have one yet, but I can imagine the immense luster if I did. I used a soft cloth instead; folded long, an end in each hand and my boot in the middle. In a quick yet constant see-saw motion (after apply the product with rubber gloves on), I buffed each boot until it twinkled.
Voilà, new boots!
Well, they’re still old but, you know…
The brown boots are about 6 years old. Black ones, over 4.
For calf and tall shaft boots that have started to slump over, you can stuff them with craft paper, or old T-shirts or sweaters to get them standing tall again.
Oh, and for crusty/dusty/faded heels, follow the steps above but, before applying the leather conditioner, smooth on a little liquid shoe polish to cover the faded areas and let dry! If the heel is stacked like mine, apply it in the direction of the grooves for a smooth finish.
I used a very light coating of black shoe polish on these black heels, and was delicate when applying the leather cleaner/conditioner, as well as the Black ‘N’ Rock. These products could take the polish off, if applied too vigorously.
Okay, that’s it.
Polishing (if needed), cleaning & conditioning, buffing – and boxing them away from evil dust bunnies – after every Fall/Winter season would ideally extend the life of the boots we love to wear but, we don’t always have time for all of this. Lol
In that case, take it from the top!
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Disclaimer: I highly recommend reading all product labels and spot testing on a small hidden area of each pair of boots to be certain that whatever is used on it doesn’t ruin the leather. Please use your own discretion, as all leather is not from the same cow/goat/sheep, etc.