Care of Cowboy Boots
After several wearings, non-exotic boots should be wiped clean of dirt and dusted off with a damp cloth, remembering that too much moisture promotes drying and cracking. Next, apply a light coat of high quality boot cream polish. Avoid liquid polish or lacquer sprays.

Muddy boots should be cleaned with warm water and mild soapy suds and wiped dry. Never force the drying with a hair dryer or by placing boots close to a heat source as this will cause the boots to dry out and crack.

Once boots are dry, apply a light coat of leather conditioner* and finally a coat of quality cream polish**. Buff to the desired shine.

Reptile leathers such as alligator, lizard and snake require frequent application of conditioner***, boot cream and/or light applications of Vaseline. Because these skins have an underlying layer of membrane holding the scales together, lubricating is mandatory to prevent cracking and scale loss.

Remember most exotic skins are purely for dress and will not take the abuse of a non-exotic leather. Ostrich is in a class by itself; it is both durable and beautiful and requires no more care than non-exotic leather.

By following these simple maintenance steps which only take a few minutes, you prolong the life of your boots. Cowboy boots are some of the best made shoes in the world and should last for many years.

* Use Justin Apache Cream and Horseman's One Step Leather Conditioner and Cleaner. Apache Cream is noted for removing scuffs and dark rubs and is sold at western wear stores. Horseman's One Step can be used with boots that need more conditioning and it is sold where horse tack and saddles are sold.

** Use Justin and Meltonian Boot Creams; these boot creams are rich in oils and help condition the leather. They are sold at western wear stores and boot repair shops.

*** Use reptile conditioner or Delicate Cream, a moisturizing cream sold by both Justin and Meltonian.

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