How To Clean And Care For Your Boots

Walking boots are built to be sturdy, and the excellent choices from our range will hold up in demanding conditions. However, a little care and attention once in a while will keep your beloved walking boots performing for longer; simply follow these simple steps to get the most out of your walking boots.


Top Tips For Looking After Your Boots

1. Scrub clean

 

After a trip, take a moment to wash off any mud and grit you have accumulated with warm water and a semi-stiff brush - no detergents!

2. Re-proof them regularly

 

Use Nikwax Fabric & Leather Proof or a suitable substitute to treat your boots after every couple of wears, to keep them performing at their best.

3. Avoid softening uppers

 

To avoid your boots losing their shape, care should be taken to avoid excessively softening leather uppers. This means do not soak the boots in warm water during washing or use products which are intended to soften leather.

4. Absorb all moisture

 

If your boots get really wet, stuff them with newspaper or use Absorba Balls to help draw out moisture, maintain their shape and prevent odour.

5. Dry carefully

 

Never place your boots next to a direct heat source, as this can cause the upper to crack. Allow them to dry naturally in a warm room or outdoors.

6. Check for wear

 

Occasionally check your soles for signs of wear. If you notice you are losing grip, you may want to have the sole replaced. If the boot uppers are damaged, this is likely to compromise their waterproofing, and it may be time to replace them.



Shoe Symbol Guide

Many of our shoe labels feature symbols to explain their materials and composition. Here's what they mean, so you know what to look out for when shopping for walking boots.