If you recently bought western boots and want to make them last a long time, our longtime partners at Justin and Ariat produced videos on how to properly maintain them. Both clips contain advice worth hearing.
A transcript of the conversation between the customer and Justin salesman:
How do I keep the leathers on my Justin boots looking like new?
For starters, you can clean off loose dirt with a brush or a rag. But if the leather’s a naked finish or a suede, be sure the brush is a soft nylon.
What about a deeper clean?
It depends on the leather. For a cowhide or polished leathers, use a leather conditioner or a balm, then apply a thin coat of neutral shoe cream, and rub them down with a soft cloth until they shine.
Is it the same with sueded leather?
Conditions might actually discolor a suede or naked leather finish. So just treat those leathers with two coats of water-stain protector when they’re new, and be sure to let them dry between coats.
Which ones require the least amount of attention?
Leathers with oil or wax in them, like a Bay Apache, are very low maintenance. Again, simply remove any loose dirt with a brush or a rag, and every now and then replenish with an all-purpose conditioner.
What about exotic leathers?
For exotics like caiman, alligator, lizard, python or rattlesnake, you’ll want to apply thin coats of reptile conditioner with a soft cloth pretty frequently, let them dry, then buff them with a dry cloth. On rattlesnake, you don’t have to use any cream or polish; just brush and clean.
And here is the Ariat boot-care video:
On an everyday basis, you want to take care of your boots like you do your saddle. You want to use a damp cloth to remove any mud or residue. You can also use a dry eraser or brush to remove any scuffs or marks.
If your boots become wet or saturated, the first thing you want to do is remove the insole. You can put in an absorbent tissue paper, something like a paper towel, and let it dry thoroughly. You never want to put it in direct heat, because that does cause cracking.
Now that your boots are thoroughly dry, you want to use a leather conditioner with a sponge or a dry cloth. You want to use small circles on the bottom of the boot and really rub that leather conditioner in. Once you are done with the leather conditioner, you want to use polish, where you want to make small circles again at the bottom of the boot and rub the polish in.
You never want to use polish on a distressed, Nubuck, or suede leathers. It changes the patina of the boot.
If you follow their advice, you should enjoy wearing almost any western boot you buy from Drysdales for a long time.
We also offer products to help prolong the life of cowboy boots, such as this Justin western boot care kit. The wooden box contains Justin boot and shoe conditioner, a polishing cloth, Justin delicate boot cream, a dauber brush, and a large boot jack.
You can add Bick 4 boot cleaner and conditioner as a versatile tool to your boot-care arsenal.
The boot scrubber also gives you an easy way to remove dirt and grunge from your western boots while you’re still wearing them.
And if you get your cowboy boots wet, this boot dryer will gently dry them while helping retain their shape.
Justin also offers a variety of boot creams in various colors that will extend the life of your boots and make them look good, too.