by Bonnie Kallenberg
You LOVE your favorite boots, don't you? Those boots that get a compliment every time you wear them. You know the ones I'm talking about and it may be more than one pair. Once I see yellow pollen on my car, I know it's time to pack mine away until fall and pull out my spring shoes.
If you love your leather boots, you'll care for them before you put them up because it will extend their life and luster! It's quick and easy:
1. Take a soft damp cloth (I stole a worn undershirt from my husband) and wipe off any dirt.
2. Use another part of the cloth and rub in Kiwi Saddle Soap in small amounts one area at a time. It takes about 5 minutes a boot. Include the bottom of the boot and the sides of the soles. Dampen another part of the cloth and wipe off any excess that has not soaked in after 5 minutes (mine soaked it all in, there was no excess to wipe off).
3. Do one boot at a time and be sure to notice the difference! Let dry for an hour or more.
4. Stuff the boot with boot stuffers OR old socks, old t-shirts, pool noodles, anything to help them keep their shape.
5. Lay boots into a covered container or box big enough for the boots to lay flat.
6. Label the outside of the box OR print a photo of the boots and tape it to the outside of the container. Store on the top shelf of your closet or under the bed.
7. Now your boots are ready for the fall or for more wear this spring and summer. Regardless, your boots need some TLC at least once a year.
My daughter Casey, an equestrian, told me about Kiwi Saddle Soap years ago and I'm happy with the results. She recently shared that people in the horse world recommend using olive oil because it's cheaper and readily available in most kitchens.
I've included photos of before and after on 2 pairs of mine. Leather boots are a big investment, even if they are purchased at a resale shop. Boots are a wardrobe staple and will last many years if cared for properly.