How to Care for Your Custom-Made Shoes


You’re the proud owner for a pair of bespoke boots. You love them. They’re unique, comfortable, and they’re yours. Given that this rugged footwear is custom-made for you, you naturally want to take good care of them. You want them to last. Old books, old wine, old denims, and trusty old boots…there is no substitute for them.

Here are some simple steps that you can take to ensure that your boots serve you for a long time.

The most commonly available boots are made from smooth leather. They’re easy to care for. Clean these boots with a boot brush to remove dust and dirt from the surface. Make cleaning a part of your daily routine. It is the first step in ensuring that the smooth leather retains its shine. It will prevent debris from accumulating in the creases and crevices of the boots and damaging the leather.

Condition your boots using a conditioner that is recommended for the leather used. A single coat applied evenly should do the trick. Polish the boots using a soft cloth. Apply boot polish occasionally. You can use a neutral polish or colored polish that matches the color of the boots.

Protect the leather by applying a water and stain protector. Do this every time you apply a conditioner and polish your boots. Do remember to apply the protector when you first get the boots. Using a stain and water protector is particularly recommended if you intend to use the boots outside in snow and rain.

The steps for caring for boots made from distressed leather are easy to care for. You need to clean, condition, and protect these shoes. But, you can do away with the polishing. The finish applied to distressed leather gives it a used and weather-beaten look, which has its own appeal. Polishing these boots can interfere with the desired rough and cracked finish.  

Suede leather boots are the easiest to care for. Clean them daily and protect them with a water and stain protector. Suede is particularly vulnerable to damage from water. You don’t need to worry about applying a conditioner or polish. In fact, such applications can ruin the appearance of suede boots.

Exotic leather boots, made from a variety of leather including alligator leather and snakeskin, are surprisingly easy to care for. Clean, condition, polish, and protect them as you would your regular smooth skin custom boots. Needless to say, if the exotic leather boots have parts that use distressed leather or suede, then follow relevant instructions given above.

With a little care, your handmade, bespoke leather boots will retain their look and appeal for years to come.

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