How To Winterize Your Boots and Save Your Leather



The fall is coming to a close and you either have your boots of choice for the cold, wet season ahead or you need to go cop a pair to keep those toes warm. Let me help you learn how to care for them and what to look for when buying boots. After all, these boots should not be a one and done kind of piece in your wardrobe. 


You want to stay grounded when you're navigating the slippery slush and icy sidewalks. And hard-wearing, rubber soled styles like Red Wing work boots or Merrell hikers will provide the necessary traction.


Water, salt and de-icers will deteriorate even the toughest leathers. Treat your pair with a protector. Some camps advocate sprays like Kiwi's Super Protector, because they blend into the leather without altering the color. Others swear by more natural products like mink oil or Sno-Seal, a beeswax-based waterproofer that allows the leather to breathe.


Boots are (or should be) a bit roomy for a reason. You'll likely be wearing thicker socks, such as a pair of ragg wool or camp socks, that not only add some cushion but keep you warm. And okay, they look cool too.