pasttimes | boot maintenance
Care and maintainance of foot gear
What with winter weather, and water seeping into the back of the trusty Smiths
gets me to thinking I need to waterproof them. Nick's Custom Boots
["America's Boot Specialist since 1964
"] offers an assortment of tips on proper maintenance, the 2-1-3 method of lacing, and other curious boot care advice for "your lifestyle." Their prices are NOT cheap but they assert that they are good for "years of wear."
Advice for breaking a new pair:
Break-in takes roughly 80 to 100 hours of wear. It can take another week for your feet to adjust to the transition.
1. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of rubbing alcohol & water.
2. Spray the mixture on the boots every time you feel them getting tight or stiff.
3. While wet, friction-rub them with your hand as if your were polishing them. This allows the alcohol to penetrate.
4. Lacing-It is important to lace the boot tightly over the instep and around the ankle , which allows the leather to seat properly. (Snug is good; snugger is better)
Then again, there's always the spit polish method. -->>