|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
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.