If you wear western boots, you’ll scuff up the leather at some point, no matter how hard you try to avoid it.
But there’s no need to toss those scuffed boots to the Dumpster. With patience and the right methods, you likely can have those boots looking good again.
Dave Somers, boots buyer at Drysdales, acknowledges it’s difficult to remove scuffs. However, if there’s one product to use over all others to combat this problem, he says it would be Bick 4 leather conditioner.
“That’s the best overall boot-care product that we have,” he said. “It has some cleaning properties with its good, old-fashioned polish.”
“The scuff marks may not completely go away when you use it. It’s not a cure-all. But along with a touch-up polish, it’ll salvage most of it.”
Bick 4 is an all-purpose leather conditioner that won’t ruin the color of a cowboy boot.
And using it regularly also will maintain the leather’s suppleness and help shield it from the elements.
“The oils in your finger will usually rub it out,” he said. “But that won’t work on a smooth-finish boot.”
In the case of scuffs on black boots, Somers said, simply using your usual black shoe polish will essentially erase it.