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Maintain leather shoes in winter: With these tips and home remedies your shoes will always look like new!

Christmas carols are already playing in shopping malls, Christmas cookies are being sold and soon the ground will be covered with snow. It’s no secret that the winter season is a magical time of year. Whether you’re going to a Christmas party, spending the afternoon walking the streets or shopping for gifts, leather boots add a great touch to almost any outfit. This unbeatable footwear is long lasting if you take care of it properly. Discover how you should care for your leather shoes below!

Leather shoes care in winter: Keep your boots dry and clean

Leather shoes care in winter - With these tips your shoes will always look like new

Remember that shoe leather is a natural, porous material. Therefore, you need to make sure that your boots stay dry and clean during the winter. When leather absorbs moisture from snow or slush, it also soaks up dirt, which will clog and crack the material over time. To keep your boots or shoes clean, use a brush and leather cleaner or home remedy to remove dirt from the surface, and a separate rag to wipe away excess leather cleaner. You don’t have to do this every day, but you should make sure to keep your boots dry by storing them indoors.

Proper leather shoe care and regular cleaning

Cleaning boots and shoes with home remedies

If you bought a new pair of smooth leather shoes, the last thing you want to notice is that the leather is losing luster, cracking, and drying out. In the winter, many roads are covered with road salt, snow and slush. If your boots come in contact with anything that could stain them, you should wipe them down immediately. Salt leaves white stains on boots and ruins their appearance.

Fortunately, there are many ways to remove stains without having to leave the house and buy an expensive product. If you take a look in your kitchen cabinet, chances are you already have the natural remedies you need to clean your boots.

  • Use home remedies – water and vinegar

Mix an equal amount of water and vinegar in a cup and dip a clean cloth in it. After soaking a generous amount of the mixture into the cloth, dab it on the stains.

Leather shoes care with baking soda

  • Care for leather shoes with baking soda

Soak a soft cloth in water and then dip it in a cup of baking soda. Rub the cloth gently over the stains and you will see them disappear. Finally, before you polish your shoes, let them dry naturally.

Keep the following in mind: It is important that you never place your shoes near a heat source, as this increases the risk of cracking the leather. Instead, let your leather boots dry at their own pace at room temperature.

Proper leather shoe care and regular cleaning


  • Leather cleaner

For particularly stubborn stains and scratches that have been on your genuine leather shoes for a while, use a brush and leather cleaner. Regardless of which product you use, you should always apply just a small amount to one area of your shoes at first to test the product.

  • Olive oil for polishing

A drop of olive oil is all it takes to make a pair of shoes shine. This trick works best on black shoes, as there is no risk of the oil changing the color of the leather. Simply dab a small amount of olive oil onto a cloth and gently wipe it over the surface of your shoes!

Make genuine leather shoes beautiful again

Think of your favorite pair of leather boots as you would your skin. To work at its best, the skin needs to be moisturized, nourished and cleaned – just like your leather. A good leather conditioner will restore suppleness to the fibers and prevent cracking that can occur from harsh weather.

Leather shoes care in winter - Keep your boots dry and clean

Steps to properly winter care your leather shoes and boots:

  • Remove the laces from your boots to prevent them from getting stained.
  • Allow your footwear to air dry before applying any products.
  • In winter, it is extremely important that your footwear is waterproof. For this reason, use a waterproofing spray. No one likes to come home with wet socks and damp feet. Apart from the unpleasant feeling of having toes that look like prunes, water destroys the suppleness of your leather boots. After waterproofing your shoes, let them dry at least overnight.
  • The next day, put the leather conditioner (shoe wax or shoe polish) on a cloth or sponge. Use the sponge or cloth to apply the shoe polish around your boots. Wipe off any excess conditioner with a soft towel. Leave your footwear unworn overnight to allow the conditioners to soak into the leather.

Caring for leather shoes in winter – how you should store them.

When you let your boots and shoes dry (either after cleaning or when they are wet outside), you should store them in a warm place, but not right next to a heat source (for example, next to a radiator). Excessive heat can make the leather brittle and cause cracking later. Do not store leather shoes in plastic bags, as the leather needs to breathe and a lack of air can cause the shoe to dry out or even mold. You should choose a box with a loose lid or a cloth bag for storage. Before storing your boots, make sure they are clean and dry so that the leather is not affected by salt for months during the off-season.

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