How to care for your cowboy boots
boots are generally not overly difficult to care for. Wipe off all
mud immediately while still damp and sponge off dry dust with a
damp cloth. Allow them to dry naturally to avoid dehydrating the
leather, and keep well away from radiators. Saddle soap can be used
to help restore a very dry boot, but should otherwise be avoided,
as it can spoil the finish. The same can be said for hard wax polish;
shoe cream or leather conditioner is preferred. With age the foot
part of the boot will most probably scuff and fade (compared to
the decorated shaft). This is normal and to some extent seen as
a ‘badge of pride’.
The relative expense of cowboy boots is difficult to pinpoint as,
such as with other shoe-types, price depends on the grade of the
particular brand, be it high end or budget. Price also varies according
to whether any, or all parts of the boot, are hand made. A middle-of-the-road
pair of cowboy boots might cost around $200.00, whilst it is not
unusual to see them advertised for $2000.00.
Cowhide cowboy boots are strong, sturdy, and wear extremely well.
They are smooth to the touch yet perhaps the toughest of all the
boots, and usually dark brown or black. To care for cowhide leather,
brush off loose dirt or dust, then clean using an approved leather
conditioner. Remove loose dirt or dust with a brush, clean thoroughly
with leather conditioner or balm, apply thin coat of matching colour
shoe cream, then brush cream into leather and buff with a soft cloth
until lustre is obtained.
Roughout or suede cowboy boots are also very durable yet feel softer
to the touch. They are often sold in pale brown or tan shades. To
care for them you should ensure your boots are kept away from mud.
Clean with a nylon brush, and treat often with a stain protector.
Alligator skin cowboy boots are can be dyed to suit the wearer.
Dark colours are usually preferred. To keep them in good condition
remove loose dirt or dust with brush or rag, apply Reptile Conditioner
with a soft cloth, let them dry and then buff the leather, followed
by thin coats of conditioner as often as needed.
Ostrich cowboy boots have a unique grain, especially full quill.
Smooth ostrich leather has reduced indent contents and thus is far
more fluid to the touch. Both forms of this leather are very strong
and versatile. The skin is soft, conforms well to the foot, and
feels luxurious on the feet. Care for this leather as you would
Snakeskin cowboy boots are somewhat smoother and more delicate
to the touch. To keep them healthy you should wipe against the scales
to remove dirt and dust. Apply a coating of matching cream polish
- ensuring that you polish with the grain of the scales. Apply reptile
conditioner with soft cloth with the grain of scales. The yellowing
of snakeskin is a by-product of exposure to the sun and the age
of boots, and can not be reversed by cleaning products.
Matte Python has the same unique markings as glazed python but
is filled with oil or wax for a softer hand. Some colours are bleached
first to take out the markings. A matte finish give skin supple
glove feel. Python Snake leather also has unique markings and scales,
and is a subspecies of python from Asia. Subspecies with faint markings
are bleached back or bellycut.
Other "exotic" leather cowboy boots (such as elephant,
lizard) are cared for by brushing off loose dirt or dust, then cleaning
with a leather conditioner. Afterwards, apply a thin coating of
matching wax polish then buff with a soft cloth.
Generally speaking, cowboy boots are most expensive when made from
rare, exotic materials such as elephant and lizard skins. Prices
remain high for those boots made from snakeskin, ostrich leather,
and alligator skin, especially compared to the more economical cowhide
or rough out leathers. Their superior popularity is most probably
influenced by their lower prices (often hundreds of US dollars cheaper)
and by the ease with which they can be found and purchased.
Cowboy Boots are an American icon but have there roots in Britain
and Germany. Read more about the history
of cowboy boots here.
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