Caring for your Hiking Boots

From hiking up La Cloche, Eva Lake or Gros Morne, to a charming date in downtown, chances are your boots have seen a lot of miles. As winter gets closer, make sure your favourite pair of boots are ready for all the rain, sleet, slush and salt of a winter.

 

Full Grain Leather Boots


  • Remove laces & Insole

This will help air circulate throughout the boot and allow it to fully dry.

 


Using a soft brush to remove surface dirt, using lukewarm water and
Nikwax Cleaning Gel.

 

  • Dry at Room Temperature

Allow 24 Hours for your boots to dry. Dry your boots at room temperature, never with a heat source, it will misshape the leather and cause cracking. Using newspaper balled up and stuffed inside your boot can speed up the drying process.

 

  • Condition the Surface of the Boot

Using a leather conditioner, like Nikwax or HanWag conditioning, will bring back some of the  waterproofing, and stop the leather from becoming dry and stiff,  prolonging the life of your boot. ( For added waterproofing: Nikwax Leather Waterproofing Wax)

 

  • Waterproof and Protect

While the boot is damp (not wet)  rub on waterproofing paste wax such as Nikwax or Hanwag. Apply the paste with your fingers, or a clean cloth. Pay special attention to the areas with seams, and where the leather meets to the sole of the boot. Apply evenly around the boot, wipe off any excess, then buff to a shine. The waterproofing may change the colour of the boot, but you will be dry.

 

Nubuck, Suede and Synthetic


  • Remove laces & Insole

This will help air circulate throughout the boot and allow it to fully dry.

 

Use a soft brush to remove surface dirt, using lukewarm water and Nikwax Cleaning Gel.

 

  • Dry at Room Temperature

Dry your boots at room temperature never by a heat source which can cause delamination or deformations. Using newspaper inside your boot can also speed up this process.

 

  • Waterproof & Protected

While the boot is damp (not wet) use a waterproofing agent like Nikwax  spray on or sponge on. Evenly spray or dab the boot,  with extra care taken on the eyelets and stitching areas. Allow the spray and sponge on agent to work its way into the boot for best protection. The waterproofing may change the colour of the boot, but you will be dry. For Nubuck and Suede finishes use: Nikwax Nubuck and Suede Waterproofing.

Tip: Gently brushing with a stiff brush will freshen up the look of Nubuck and Suede Leather.  

 

Storing Footwear

Always store in a dry area with good airflow. Stuff your boots with newspaper, just enough to hold shape and keep moisture out.


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