Winter Boots Survival Guide | Stop Salt & Water Boot Damage In Wet Snowy Weather

Ultimate Leather Boot Care Guide[0:00:00] I'm going to start this video off with a sad, sad story.

So, I was in London I found this beautifulpair of Chelsea boots.

I picked them up on sale.

I loved them.

I wore them with everything until I destroyedthem in one Wisconsin winter.

How does that happen? Well, we get a lot of snow, they put salton the ground to melt that snow.

Then, you've got the seasons of spring andfall in which, you know, there's slush and all that other stuff on the ground.

Guys, they fell apart they got cracks in theleather within one winter.

I want to make sure this doesn't happen toyou.

So today's video is dedicated to all thoseboots out there that need love that need care.

Guys, the ultimate guide to taking care ofyour boots.

[Music]So, let's start this video off by talking about the enemy.

What is the enemy of your leather boots? Number one is you neglecting them.

Yes, guys, everything I'm talking about heremeans nothing if you don't actually take action and take care of your boots.

So many guys I see them wearing their bootsthey think, oh, they’re boots I can be rougher with them, I can be, you know, I don't needto do anything to my boots.

That's true if you don't want them to lastif you want them to fall apart.

If you take care of your boots, I can tellyou the upper if made from a true leather can last your lifetime, it looks better overtime.

So number one, take care and take action ontaking care of your boots.

Next up, water.

Number two, water is going to damage boots.

How does water damage boots? Because it can enter the leather and it'swhen it leaves the leather it actually changes the shape it can basically dry out.

It pulls moisture out when it leaves and whenit enters it actually expands the cells.

Yes, leather is skin.

So, think about when you go into the poolwhat happens? Or you're spending a lot of time in the bathtub.

You know that — remember how your fingerskind of look all funny when you were a kid, it still happens and it happens to this leatheras well.

You want to make sure that that's not happeningbecause you are replenishing the oils.

Your skin is going to repair itself, thisleather doesn't have that option.

Finally, salt and other types of, you know, chemicals and stuff out there.

Salt will go in and will dry out the leathereven faster.

There are certain chemicals if they get exposedto the leather they're going to cause it to crack and basically start to fall apart.

Next up, let's talk about the different materialsyou're going to see on the boots and the different styles.

So, if it's an exotic leather, you want tobe very careful with water damage.

That's going to be like ostrich, crocodile, things like that.

When it comes to suede, what you're lookingfor is a weather-safe suede.

Some boot designs like this one right hereuse a weather- safe suede, therefore you can get it wet.

It's just going to be a lot more resistantto damage.

When it comes to taking care of suede thoughwhat you want to have is a suede brush.

And there are going to be special sprays outthere, look for them they are going to say that they are safe on suede.

A lot of the items I'm going to talk abouthere especially the creams things that, you know, the polishes, you do not want to useon a suede.

It's just going to actually change the textureyou're never going to be able to get it back, so find a good brush and you want to use alot of preventive basically care for things like this.

Now, this boot right here some of the otherboots I'm going to show — all the boots I'm actually going to show you in today's videoguys brought to you by Thursday Boots.

I'm going to link to them down in the description.

And let me tell you about Thursday Boots, an awesome company.

They’re the paid sponsor of today’s videoand I'll tell you why because I've been testing and wearing their boots now for almost twoyears.

I took this pair right here this one righthere I wore them through a Ukranian winter, I took care of them and I can tell you theyare – they’re great they're — I mean, they held up snow, sleet, slush.

They did a great job.

And I walked a lot of miles on these things, I still haven't had to re-sew them.

It's a great company.

I think you guys are going to be surprisedwhen you see the price of these boots.

They're an amazing deal.

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Guys, go check out their website.

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Isn't that a good-looking boot? I really like that.

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Isn't it beautiful? What would you wear this Black Wingtip with? Go over check out that midnight blue suedechukka, I just used that as one of the examples.

I had them sent to me, I can tell you I'mloving this boot.

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This was the first boot I showed you.

The first boot they ever sent me and I stillhave them after almost two years.

At the end of the day, gents, these are stylishgreat-looking boots at an amazing price.

I'm linking to them down in the description.

Go check them out.

And let me know in the comments what's yourfavorite style, how you would wear it this winter, how you would take care of it.

And I'm going to be meeting with the foundershere in actually a week in New York City, so I will talk to them maybe I can get a couplepairs sent out, but you've got a comment down below.

You've got to go check out their website.

Let me know in detail how are you going topull this look off.

Sound good? All right, guys, let's get back into the content.

Getting back to talking about the upper, whatyou're going to notice in dress boots and these are going to be Chelsea's, these aregoing to be lace-ups that have a more of a dress boot design.

You can tell that basically they're goingto have a leather sole.

Those you need to be really careful with, oftentimes they're going to use a little bit thinner of a leather because they're goingfor a sleeker more elegant type of look, but that can be really susceptible and can showthe damage much quicker, so those you have to really take care of.

[0:05:04]Now, leathers they are going to be of a lighter color.

This is a Horween Leather out of Chicago.

What we're going to notice right here is thatif we were to bring on dark polish we bring in a conditioner we bring in a type of oil, it could actually darken the leather.

So, make sure anytime you've got a light-coloredleather that you test it any type of product you're going to put on.

Go to the tongue go down in on the tongueand you want to just apply a little.

Let it sit, see how it changes the color.

Test.

Test.

Test.

Don't trust that they say, oh, we're not goingto darken your boots.

Guys, it has happened and these companiesaren't going to buy you a new pair of light- colored boots.

And the final boot offer I’m going to talkabout is that made from a dark heavier weight leather.

Now, what's great about this is it's dark, it's going to more easily cover up stains.

You actually have a wider selection of differentpolishes, creams, and things you can use.

You're not so much worried about it actuallygetting stained.

Where you need to be careful though are saltstains and now let's get into that.

If you live in a winter area and they throwsalt on the road to melt the ice melt the snow, that's great for stopping slipping.

It's horrible for your shoes though becauseonce that salt gets into your boots what it will start to do to the leather is it driesit out quicker, it starts to create cracking even after a few months, so you want to takecare of this.

That's key.

So, you want to keep a rag where you storeyour boots and just simply after every time you wear them wipe them down.

That is going to do wonders.

Also, you want to keep a little brush theresimply go through and you want to clean to remove any type of sediment built up.

If you do that, you are ahead of the game.

But most people won't, they'll forget to doit they'll go a couple weeks until they start to see that white salt stain on the boot.

What do you do then? Okay.

So, you want to take one tablespoon vinegar, one cup water, mix it and then you're going to take that rag and you're going to actuallygo into it a bit you're going to spend a little bit of time working to remove the salt stain.

It may take a couple treatments.

And you're also then going to take a specifictype of cleaner.

There's a number of different leather cleanersI'll talk about here in a second.

Those can help pull out the salt as well, but you've got to give it more treatment.

Understand, if you're seeing that salt stain, that's not a good thing you want to treat that immediately.

So, in that last point you saw me hold a brush.

Now, I've got a wide variety of brushes hereI'd like to talk about, but I think the key is for you to have your own system.

You don't want to be mixing and matching brushesand the reason being if one you use to basically buff the shine after a polish, the other oneyou use to remove sediment and dirt, if you're mixing those you actually when you go in todo a polish you're going to take small pieces of sediment and dirt and you're going to actuallyrub them right in to your nice polish and you don't want to be doing that.

So, this one right here because of its sizeand because of its color I know that this is my cleaning brush.

I don't want to go with something with twohard a bristles, but I want still bristles that are pretty firm they're going to be ableto get in there in the various parts of the shoe and be able to remove things.

Now, these smaller brushes which you've probablyseen before these are applicator brushes.

I'm going to use these.

This one for a dark polish dark-colored brush, this one for a lighter or a neutral polish.

Now, I do keep one different applicator brushfor every type of different polish.

Yes, you're going to have to maybe go buythem in bulk, but I find that for me this works best.

Now, we've got different polishing brushes.

This one obviously for lighter-colored shoes, this one for darker-colored shoes, but understand the brush itself isn't what's going to makeit darker, it's the polish that you use and that is what's key.

A lot of people just simply use a rag likethis an old t-shirt.

A nice cotton old t-shirt will work.

I've got other rags like this which are goingto be in color, so I don't have anyone in my household coming to grab this think it'sa long lost washcloth.

And ones like this that actually use a reallynice — they've got a really nice napped surface.

These can be great for a polish.

Now, where do you keep all of this? Guys, it's key you have a shoeshine box.

You need to have one central place where everythinggoes that way you can find it when you're looking for it.

So, when I look at all the different productsout there, to me they break in just three categories.

First off, you've got cleaners.

Next up, you've got conditioners.

After that, you have polishes.

I'm going to explain how each of them workand why you would want to use each of them.

First off, let's talk about cleaners.

So, in my opinion the best cleaner you canuse is simply a damp washcloth after every wear maybe a wet wipe and a nice brush that'sgoing to remove things.

But, if you want to go beyond that, thereare a few specialty cleaners out there.

One of the most common ones you're going tosee is saddle soap.

So, like the name implies it was initiallyused on saddles.

People found, hey, I can use it on shoes Ican use it on belts.

Now, understand that some saddle soaps theycan remove a little bit of the pigment and the dye, so they can actually discolor someof the leather make it lighter colored.

But, if you've got a lot of mud build up alot of stuff and you don't want to introduce a lot more water and maybe the leather alreadyhas water damaged, well, in that case you can use a saddle soap.

But, a saddle soap is not a conditioner, sothat's the next category and one of the biggest categories I think actually out there.

Leather is skin, over time it starts to crackand fall apart.

It cracks because basically it dries out.

The goal of a conditioner is to reintroducenutrients moisture and do it in a way that water can't.

So, there's a wide variety of different conditionersout there.

I've talked about companies like Leather Honey.

They've got cleaners and conditioners.

You're going to find other ones just out thereare going to say a conditioner and a cleaner.

I like going with a true just conditionerout there.

Leather balms are oftentimes a conditionerand a cleaner.

[0:10:16]You're going to see rejuvenators out there.

Those have specialty types of nutrients andingredients in them and they are made when you want to try to restore an old beat-upleather.

Now, understand if the leathers got cracksin it if it is falling apart, leather just if it's beyond repair, it get camped, butthe rejuvenators are going to be oftentimes much higher priced.

Now, you are going to see some creams outthere and this is where it starts to blur the line between conditioners and actuallypolishes.

Creams are specialty made to actually penetratethe leather a bit at the same time they use a dye or a pigment that is going to actuallyleave a little bit of a shine, but creams in my opinion never leave a shine like a truepolish will.

Next up, gents, let's talk about polish.

A polish is the outer protective layer.

It's not made to enter the leather and conditionit.

A lot of polishes are we're going to use materialswhich are hydrophobic, so they're going to reject they're going to push away water.

That's a great thing.

That is your layer of protection.

And over time you can build up multiple polishlayers on your shoes that will prevent it basically prevents scuffing damage, so that'swhy I love a great polish.

Now, if you're using a polish, that's awesomebecause most people don't and a lot of people are going to ask me, okay, what's there betweena dollar polish and a twenty dollar polish? It's going to be the ingredients sometimesthe quality of the dyes, are they using more natural materials are these guys using maybe petroleum-based products.

That's going to be the main difference.

Some people will argue, oh, I’ll get a bettershine sometimes thinks that's a placebo effect.

But at the end of the day, go with a brandgo with a company that works for you.

Now, dyes.

You're going to see there's black polish andbrown polish, there are neutral polishes.

I love neutral polishes because basicallyit'll give you a shine, but it's not going to give you any color.

But if you have black shoes go for a blackpolish.

You can sometimes in a pinch if you've gotblack shoes darker colored shoes, go for a neutral, but it's not going to do a good jobof basically hiding those scuffs.

Now, let's talk about some of the specialtywaterproofing and polishing products you're going to see out there.

So, if you see something that’s saying, hey, we're going to protect you from all the snow all the sleet, understand that they'reprobably just using a beeswax.

And if you're doing everything I'm talkingabout here, you may not actually need that product it's not going to do too much.

There are a silicone sprays which I thinkare pretty good.

After you've put on all your layers, yes, you can spray your boots down, but they can get expensive.

I think a polish overall is going to work.

Other things like mink oil, yes, it will workif you're not using everything else I'm talking about and you want to use this instead thisoftentimes does darken the leather.

But understand a lot of these products evolvedor came into the boot industry from other industries.

So people using them on purses on their leatherbags.

And I'm going to say if you're doing everythingI just talked about, you don't have to use all these other products.

Some of them are going to be shortcuts.

This product right here is made specificallyto put on and it leaves an instant polish.

So some of those things I think can work okay.

You want to look at the ingredients you wantsomething that's using I think not really as too many synthetics.

At the end of the day, remember what I said, none of this matters if you aren't actually applying it and taking care of your boots.

Now at this point, how to apply all this knowledgehow to actually put all this onto your shoes? All right, I'm going to link you over to avideo in which I show you how to clean, how to condition, how to polish your leather shoes.

Now, I said shoes, understand the same rulesapply to polishing your boots, to polishing your shoes.

There's really no big difference here, butwith this knowledge with this base guys you can take care and make sure that your leatherboots last.

All right, gentlemen, now it's your turn.

Let me know what you thought of this videodown in the comments.

And don't forget, go check out Thursday Boots.

I'm linking them down in the description.

I want to hear from you guys down in the commentsyour favorite style.

Be specific.

Tell me how are you’re going to wear it, what you're going to match it with, how are you going to pull it off this winter, howare you going to take care of those boots with all this information I just gave you.

And, guys I'm meeting with the founders herein New York, I'll mention I want to, hey, I want to get you guys a few of these pairs, but you have to be specific.

You got to go check out their website.

The link is down in the description.

A good company.

Good quality boots.

Like I said I've got a few pairs I was likethinking which ones should I pull up.

I'm not giving you guys any of these boots.

I love this company I love the boots I wearthem all the time and I hope you go check them out and discover them.

That's it guys.

Take care.

I’ll see you in the next video.

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