A few tips to help yours go the extra mile
January 31, 2023
The Boot-Care Commandments
Don’t fret, there’s only two of them...
- Avoid wearing your boots two days in a row, the key to longevity is allowing them — and crucially that lovely leather — to recover. It’s hard work being on your feet all day, they need a breather.
- When you do take your boots off, pop some shoe trees in them. The shoe tree’s like a sofa for tired boots. It’s where they want to be after a long day. Shoe trees are especially important if your boots are wet, ensuring they keep their shape as they dry and don’t end up looking like soggy loaves of bread.
A few extra tips
You’ve no doubt noticed the Boots are made of some top-quality calfskin suede. Every now and then, twice a year’ll probably do it, you might want to give that suede a nice clean. We recommend getting comfy for the job, sticking a good album on, and having some time to spare. It’ll feel less like a chore that way.
- Remove the laces.
- Remove any surface dust or debris with a long-hair soft brush. Use a smaller brush (a toothbrush is good) to brush away any dust collected on the welt’s waxed thread.
- Dull the suede of your Boots with a crepe brush to ‘relieve’ the leather from the dirt that gathers over time. Then, comb back the fibres with a brass brush to enhance that smooth, velvety feel.
- Finally, a few sprays with a suede waterproofing formula will help them battle through the next few puddles you come across.
- As for the crepe soles, avoid any chemicals that could damage the rubber. If some persistent dirt or unwanted chewing gum’s bummed a ride, just go at it with a toothbrush and some natural soap. That should do the trick.
Whatever you do, don’t do the following three things. You’ll end up in shoe care prison.
- Don’t wash your Boots by putting them under running water (or in the washing machine).
- Don’t apply bleach, solvents or any similarly nasty products. Natural’s the way to go.
- However much they insist, don’t leave these out sunbathing, or next to a heater to dry.
Need to stock up on your shoe care kit?
Here’s a quick list of products we swear by.
To store them: We recommend shoe trees made by In Corio, but you can also get your hands on nice cedar shoe trees second-hand.
To remove the dirt: Brushes from Famaco.
To dull the suede: A crepe brush like this
To care for the suede: Woly suede gum
For cleaning and waterproofing, everything for suede by Saphir and Grison works.
Thank you !
Now you know everything you need 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.
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Thanks again for placing your trust in us and we hope to hear from you soon.
The ASPHALTE team