Make sure you get off the right foot with a few care tips.
November 03, 2021
Back to basics
We recommend not wearing them two days in a row. Like most of us, your Chelsea Boots like a breather so we suggest alternating with other shoes so that they can take a moment, wind back and deal with the humidity…
Use shoe trees when you’re not wearing them. They’ll help them recover from being worn and keep in shape.
Apply an additional waterproof treatment before taking them out for the first time.
Cleaning your Boots
For the smooth leather:
1. Remove any surface dirt or dust with a soft bristle brush. Use a smaller brush (a toothbrush is good) to brush away any dust collected on the welt’s waxed thread.
2. Wipe your boots softly with a damp (not soaked) flannel cloth.
3. Then apply a small amount of neutral-coloured cream polish with a soft cloth in small, circular movements.
4. Brush with a polishing brush.
5. Buff the leather with a cotton chamois cloth to enhance the look and remove any excess shine.
Be careful: don't use black polish – this will change the finish.
For the waxed leather
Once you've cleaned them and brushed the fibre or 'hairs' back into line, you can apply a special colourless wax or specific oil to replenish the waxed leather.
For the suede leather
1. Buff your boots firmly with a special brush for suede (crepe, bristle or nylon) to get rid of the dust and any dirt stuck to the leather. You may want to do that outside to avoid dirtying your carpet, you’d be surprised what the suede can kick-off.
2. The brush removes dust and dirt but also helps keep the suede compact. If you find the brush doesn’t cut it, you can invest in a brass brush to regain the boots’ original soft feel.
Note: Just like brushing your cat, always go with the fibres, not against them. Your cat doesn’t want a mohawk and neither do your boots.
The tough part, which we recommend doing every two months of regular wear.
3 . Once your boots are dirt-free and soft, you can rub them with a damp flannel cloth (damp not soaked) to clean deeper into the fibres. If you can’t get rid of the dirt, use a special suede gum: they’re quite easy to find and they cost around 6-8€. If you want to go further, go for a suede foam. Purists say it offers better care and nourishment for the fibre. Saphir’s a good brand for that.
Whatever you do, you really don’t want to do the following, it’s like saying Beetlejuice 3 times :
- Don’t wash your Boots by putting them under running water (or machine wash them!).
- Don’t apply bleach, solvents or any similar nasty products.
- and however much they insist, don’t leave them out sunbathing or next to a heater.
After cleaning them, apply a waterproof treatment to your Boots to make sure they keep their original colour and water and dirt away. Hold the boots 30 cms (1 foot) away from the spray and give them a couple of blasts all over and you should stay friends for a long time.
If those recommendations prove to be more time-consuming and expensive than you anticipated, here’s a quick list of what you can do:
- To store them: In Corio shoe trees but you can also roam the charity shops or find some nice cedar shoe-trees second-hand.
- To remove the dirt: brushes from Famaco
- To care for the Goodyear Stormwelt: brushes by Burgol
- To care for the suede: Woly suede gum
- For cleaning and waterproofing, everything for suede by Saphir and Grison works.
Now you know everything there is to know to care for your Boots, we hope that you'll be pleased with them. We'll get back in touch in a few weeks’ time to see how it’s going.
Thanks again for placing your trust in us and we hope to hear from you soon.
The ASPHALTE team