Some Tips worth knowing about your boots:
- Leather is a natural product; leather marks are not a material fault.
- Many environmental influences have a negative impact on the life span and function of the boots which is why regular and proper care is so important.
- Insert boot trees to ensure that the boots maintain their original shape (do not use metal ones) or, alternatively, fill with paper when the boots are not being used. Boots absorb a great deal of moisture from inside and outside while being worn.
- The correct height of a riding boot is extremely important. Creases and deformations will occur if it is too long which might damage and scuff the leather
Proper cleaning of boots:
- Dirt on the outside (e.g. soil, mud, etc.) is best removed with warm water and a soft cloth and the boots then subsequently dried with a soft cotton cloth. Do not use hard brushes or similar.
- Horse sweat, damp manure, etc. are very aggressive for leather and wear it out. It is therefore better to remove it immediately using a damp cloth, otherwise the leather will stiffen and crack after a while, thus reducing the life span and function of the boot.
Tips for correct care:
- Only apply a thin layer of suitable leather care solution evenly to the properly cleaned boots and polish them with a woollen cloth or a nylon stocking. Please also consult the instructions of the care solution manufacturer. Never apply products unsuitable for leather like shine spray, glass cleaner, hairspray or similar, as this would cause immediate damage to the leather structure.
- Suitable care solutions are good shoe polishes in, or as close as possible, to the boots colour. We recommend Kiwi shoe polish which makes your boots water-repellent and shiny.
- For additional protection against wetness, an impregnating spray can be used for the soles (CFC-free if possible).
Proper Drying advice:
- Leather boots need at least 24 hours to dry after being worn, depending on the amount of moisture they have absorbed.
- Boots should not be dried near heating or ovens, only in a dry and well-ventilated place.
- When dried in an unsuitable way, i.e. too quickly and at a hight temperature, the leather becomes inflexible and brittle which reduces the life span of the boot.
- If leather riding boots need to be worn daily, we recommend having a second pair for changing.