NOT ALL BOOTS ARE CREATED EQUAL
There’s quite a bit of boots out there that are made specifically with materials that will repel any sort of wet weather. So what happens when you spot an amazing TO-DIE pair of boots and realize that they aren’t weatherproof. Oh the horror!
Not to worry! We’re here to tell you that you don’t have to skip on buying that perfect pair just because you’re worried they might get damaged next time you happen to accidently splash through a massive rain puddle (we’ve all been there.) There are plenty of ways you can water-proof your own boots at home cheaply and easily.
KNOW THY LEATHER
The first step is actually figuring out what kind of leather your boots are made of. You’d think “hey, leather is leather!” right? WRONG-O. In your typical cowhide, there are four different grades of leather, and each one has its own special way of getting taken care of. There are all sorts of skins, tanning methods, and treatments that distinguish one type of leather with another. In order to properly prepare your boots for durability against the wet seasons, you’ll need to find out what kind of leather you’re working with. The best way to do this is by checking the tag in your actual boot. It should tell you exactly what kind of leather your shoe is constructed of. If your boots don’t specify, you can always use Tumbleweed’s chat feature and ask one of our reps which leather your style of boot has!
LET’S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS
Ok, now that you’ve figured out what kind of leather your boot is, now comes the fun part.
Make sure your boots are cleared away of any mud or dirt, and make sure they are completely dried from the inside-out. First and foremost NEVER use heat on your leather boots. If you forgot to waterproof them, or you’re just coming upon this article now AFTER you trudged through a snowy muddy snowbank, always let them air dry completely before adding any waterproofing properties to them. Using a blow dryer or heater can prevent the natural moisture of the leather to completely overdry and could end up in cracking your boot. Yeah, no thanks. You can use an oil treatment on new leather boots (it will soften the leather—a good thing if you need to break in your brand new Tumbleweeds). We are currently loving Bickmore’s 100% Pure Neatsfoot Oil right now. Waxes work best on boots with a smooth leather finish - think our Jayden or Lucas. If you’re wondering what kind of wax to use, we’ve had great success with Dr. Martens Wonder Balsam for less than $10. Don’t heat the wax - remember NO HEAT -and apply several very thin coats. Allow the boot treatment to cure overnight, then wipe off any excess moisture/wax/oil with a lint-free cloth. Place your newly treated boots in a sunny, warm place to let the treatment soak in. The boots should not feel sticky (if they’re tacky, that means the conditioner has not cured and will pick up dirt and moisture rather than repel it).
BRING ON THE RAIN
Now you’re ready to face any sort of rainy day with your new and waterproof boots! Remember, just the outside of your boot should be waterproof, so we don’t suggest taking a plunge into your neighbor’s pool whilst wearing your boots. Hey, you think it sounds weird- but we’ve seen it happen.
And always remember to #KeepRolling