If you love getting out on adventures, then no doubt you’ll have a pair of trusted walking boots you take with you on every trip. Built to be sturdy and to provide you with support in challenging conditions, your walking boots will see you through many years with the right care and attention.
Whether you have leather, suede, nubuck or synthetic/hybid materials on your boots, to help you keep them performing for longer, we’ve put together a step-by-step care guide.
Full Leather Boots
For full grain leather boots allow the boots to dry naturally before using a cloth to apply Granger's G-Wax or the nozzle sponge on Nikwax Waterproof Cream. This will help condition the leather, re-proofing it so it retains its waterproof qualities and help prevent it from drying out and cracking. To avoid leather boots losing their shape, care should be taken to avoid excessively softening leather uppers. This means not over soaking the boot uppers in warm water when washing them or over use of the leather softening proofing products when treating the uppers.
Suede / Nubuck Boots
Beeswax-based treatments like Grangers G Wax will nourish and protect all kinds of leather, maintaining performance and prolonging the life of your boots but can change the appearance of suede and nubuck. To avoid this we recommend using Nikwax Nubuck & Suede Proof, which both protects and preserves the original texture of the leather. Apply an even coating to your boots while they are still damp and then leave them for two minutes to allow them to absorb the treatment before leaving them to dry naturally.
Synthetic / Hybrid
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.