Care guide for the Raw Boots

December 06, 2022

Even tough guys deserve a little TLC

The Raw Boots are the toughest characters in our lineup; but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a bit of attention every now and then. Here’s a few tricks to keep them looking — and feeling — as good as they did the day they arrived on your doorstep.

Day-to-day business

Let’s start with a few easy tips for daily care :

1) Avoid wearing them for days on end. The leather needs to breathe and relax every now and then. So it’s best to rotate them with a few other pairs of trusty shoes, it’ll keep them going longer.

2) Invest in a nice pair of wooden shoe trees. They’ll help your shoes keep their original shape and air things out, giving any moisture that’s found its way in a chance to escape. You’ll be able to find these at any car boot sale or online, if you don’t fancy the legwork.

A quick brush (a day) keeps the shoe doctor away

OK, maybe just from time to time, more realistically. Let’s say once a month. Here’s how we recommend you keep your Raw Boots looking the business:

- If you bought the smooth leather Raw Boots, you’ll need to dust them with a proper cleaning brush (or any soft-bristled brush) before you can nourish them with a purpose-made leather cleansing cream. Use a clean cloth to apply the cream or oil. Just a drop should do the trick, spread it evenly making little circular motions so it soaks in nicely. You may even be tempted by some Mink oil wax.

- If you went for the suede version, same goes for the dusting part. Following that you’ll need to ‘deluster’ them. That’s a fancy shoe-world term for giving them a good going over with a crepe brush, which’ll remove dirt. After that, a few sprays with a high-end suede protector should help you keep them clean and looking fresh. You can also give your boots a little all-weather boost with a water-proofing spray.

Last step, let in the pros

If you don’t have a go-to cobbler, you really should... Having your best shoes pampered is one of life’s great pleasures. Maybe give it a quick online search now you have some boots worth spoiling…

- A cobbler will expertly do all the above, with all the gear to hand, if time is of the essence.

- They’ll also be able to resole your boots, in a few years when you’ve managed to wear them down. The Goodyear welt used makes these a cobbler’s dream when it comes to replacing the outsole.

Thanks !

So there you have it, you now know everything there is to know about looking after your Raw Boots. We did do our level best to make them as hard-wearing as possible, but a little love won’t hurt them.

If we've missed something or you have any questions hit us up in the comment section below or here

We'll be back in touch in a couple of weeks to see how you're getting on.

Until then,

The Asphalte Team:

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