Properly caring for your boots can drastically increase the life of your boots allowing them to be worn for years.
Remember that leather is a skin and requires a bit of care every so often. First it’s always important to wipe off any loose dust and dried on dirt from your boots with a damp cloth before applying any sort of cleaner and conditioner.
After cleaning off the dirt and dust from you boots apply a cream or liquid conditioner working it into the leather with a clean clothe. Always allow your boots to completely dry away from direct heat after applying conditioner or after getting wet before wearing.
If you desire a buffed finish to your boots, now would be the time to apply a polish to your boots, after the conditioners have dried. You’ll want to find a boot polish (cream) that is close in color to your boots. Apply the boot polish evenly over the entire boot with a clean cloth. Then take a buffing brush (soft bristled brush) and brush the entire boot vigorously until your preferred shine.
Being in the mid-west and around water often we always recommend applying a waterproofer/stain repellent to your boots. You’ll want to make sure whatever waterproofing you use is non-silicon based. Silicon based waterproofer will seal the leather causing it to dry out quickly. Our favorite non-silicon waterproofer is Gard-More. It is offers a non-darkening formula and protects against salts stains, whether that be from winter or sweat. It’s also can be used on wool or fur felt hats.
We do offer a special cleaner designed for reptile skins – especially snakeskin boots. Scout Reptile Cleaner is designed to be safe for all reptile skin boots, both polishing and cleaning at the same time. For a higher shine we still recommend that you use a colored polish that matches the color of you boots.