While it’s a good idea to own at least two pairs of boots to alternate between throughout the wet winter months, you can make do with one—with proper care, of course. The key thing to consider is the material your boots are made of. Rubber rain boots and all-terrain waterproof hiking footwear are not as likely to sustain as much weather damage as leather or suede, so it’s good to know what winter is like in your area before purchasing new boots.
With this in mind, here are some tips from an established men’s shoe store in Basalt, CO to help you avoid ruining your boots this winter.
Apply a weatherproof spray to boots
Most boots can benefit from a coating of a protective spray every winter. But the key to making sure it works is to apply the spray before wearing the boots out, and to follow the directions on the can. Weatherproofing sprays are okay to use on most materials, but sometimes there are specific sprays intended for different types of materials. When in doubt, ask a customer sales representative or look it up on the Internet. This will save you from inadvertently using the wrong protective spray on and destroying your brand new leather boots.
Stuff boots to keep their shape
From cowboy boots to outdoor work boots, it’s a sure bet that guys will put a lot of miles on their winter footwear. But just because they see daily action doesn’t mean tossing them in the garage at the end of the day is okay. In fact, you should take steps to shape them; even though men’s boots are typically not as tall or bendy as some ladies boots, you should still want them to look right. Use wads of newspaper, a cut swimming pool noodle or a store bought shoe shaper insert to maintain a boot’s form all winter long.
Clean your boots
Ask a salesperson at any men’s shoe store in Basalt, CO for their number one tip to avoid ruining winter boots and they will say to keep them clean. No matter what materials your boots are made from, wiping them down after you take them off for the day—or whenever you notice they are dirty—can significantly extend their life. Assuming that your winter boots have been properly water- and weatherproofed, you can use a slightly damp cloth to remove spots of mud, dirt and salt. Also, because your feet still sweat during the winter months, consider odor absorbing inserts, or at least place baking soda packets in the toes when they’re not being worn.
Air dry your boots
Finally, no matter the material, never use a blow dryer or your clothes dryer to dry winter boots. The best thing to do is to blot the outside dry and stuff the boots with paper towels, then leave them to air dry.
The truth is that, with proper care, your winter boots are liable to last you several seasons. But the time will come when you’ll need to shop your at local men’s shoe store in Basalt, CO to replace them. Visit us at Midland Shoe to browse our selection of footwear for all seasons!