leather bootsHow to Take Care of Leather Boots


Imagine this, you are getting ready for the day, to meet friends or to go to work. You put on your outfit, put on your Tumbleweed boots that fit with everything, and head towards the door when you hear thunder. You look at the boots you love so much and notice they do not look as fresh anymore - cracks and faded colors have taken over. Memories of walking through puddles with no protection surfaces back into memory and you realize you’ve treated your favorite shoes unintentionally with neglect.

The rainy season has arrived, but your stride must continue. We here at Tumbleweed would like to provide you with some tips to help you keep your boots healthy and fresh. Leather is meant to withstand the test of time, but you have to treat and care for it to get the durability of the material.

Leather boots, general tips:

  • Clean
  • Condition
  • Polish
  • Waterproof

Cleaning your leather boots

Out of your whole outfit, your shoes receive the most contact with the elements of the earth. Cleaning them regularly is necessary to keep them looking as good as new. Keep in mind, when cleaning you would like to remove the shoe laces to wash separately or to avoid additional wear. Secondly, place your boots on an old piece of cloth on a flattened surface. It should look like you are presenting the shoes to the cleaning gods of the Tumbleweed Tribe. Thirdly, use your horsehair brush to buff off the loose dirt on your boots. After this is completed, wipe off your boots with a damp cloth and let them sit for 10-15 minutes. Done! Thank you, cleaning gods for the wonderful shine.


Just like our skin, leather has to be moisturized or conditioned to prevent it from drying out and cracking. Obernauf’s leather preservative is one of the highly recommended brands of leather conditioner. This conditioner can be gently rubbed onto your boot every 6-12 months for care. Before conditioning the whole boot, test out the color change on the small section of the shoe. If the conditioner does not change the color too drastically, pour it on a clean cloth and rub it on the boot, using circular motions. Continue to treat until the product no longer soaks in. Wipe off any remaining conditioner and let the boots sit until they are dry.

Polish your leather boots

Often there’s confusion between this task and conditioning. Conditioning is meant to moisturize the shoe whereas polishing is meant to create a shine and extra smoothness. That being said, polishing is more about your style preference than the care of the shoe itself.

When polishing your leather boots remember:

  • A little goes a long way. Add as needed
  • Use circular motions when applying
  • End with buffing your boots with the horsehair brush

Done, what a shine!

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The lack of waterproofing your boot is what is recalled on rainy days. Waterproofing protects your shoe from rainfall, snow, and dog drool, yet it is a task many forget to do after purchasing a leather shoe. All you have to do is remove laces and avoid zippers to prevent wearing them down and apply the wax or spray on the shoe. That is it! It is a simple task that you will thank yourself later for.

Tip: If your leather boots get drenched despite the waterproof technique, do not sit them by or in anything hot - a fireplace, oven, dry sauna - but let them air dry in room temperature.

There you have it Tumbleweed Tribe! You are ready for the season. We hope these tips will empower you to ‘Keep Rolling’ until we meet again.