How to Take Care of Your Winter Boots

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How to Take Care of Your Winter Boots

There is something so cozy about our winter boots, regardless of their material. The soft leather on your knee high wedges, or the comfy suede and shear lined booties to warm up your toes on the cold, crisp mornings are probably one of our favorite parts about winter. Yass, ‘tis the season.

The worst thing that can happen is when your leather starts to dry out and crack, losing its sheen. Or when the suede gets stained and looks dirty. Don’t worry, boss babe, we’ve got you covered. Here are some killer tips to keep your winter boots in tip-top shape and keep you looking fine.

1. Treat Your Leather.

If you’re rockin’ leather boots or bags, of course you want them to last. Before taking them outside into the harsh weather, treat them with a leather conditioner like Leather Honey. This particular treatment provides supple, soft leather protected against the drying, harsh elements for up to 6 months!

2. Treat Your Suede.

Just like your leather shoes, the cold, wet weather can ruin your beloved suede boots. Treat them before taking them out for a stroll and you’ll save yourself heartache in the future! Apple Brand’s Rain & Stain Water Repellent was created to prevent grease, oil, and water stains from ruining your rich leathers, suedes, and fabrics!

3. Put Clean, Balled Up Socks in the Toes of the Boots.

It’ll preserve the shape of the boots and absorb any leftover sweat. (Which, let’s face it, is totally not pleasant!) In a pinch, you can crumple up a few pages of the morning paper (a great trick if you’re traveling). For taller boots, invest in a boot shaper to keep the calf area from flopping over and creasing.

4. Give them a Good Brushing.

In the winter, there’s plenty of dirt, salt, and other harsh elements that can cause stains and cracks. To avoid this, wipe your boots off weekly with a stiff-bristled brush—a toothbrush will do, just don’t store it in the bathroom cabinet (you can imagine that unfortunate mix-up…). Use even downward strokes in one direction, from the opening to the toe.

5. Deal with Accidents ASAP!

Of course accidents happen! A little spilled wine, or a serious snowstorm, it’s best to deal with these stain-causing events as quickly as possible before permanent damage occurs. Grab a clean, dry washcloth and blot the stain before it sets in, or if necessary, grab a damp cloth and wipe away the mess from your leather shoes.

Now that you’ve got your boots taken care of, let’s take care of those feet! Especially since we neglect them in the winter time. Jump over to our post with tips to pamper those feet!