Keeping the leather on your boots soft, pliable and breathable can be a serious challenge. Knowledge of how to care for your boots will save you hundreds of dollars (and sore feet). Experience is often the best teacher. Everyone knows that dry weather, heat and caked on mud are the primary causes of premature leather breakdown. (Mud is of course the most relevant to the geocaching community.) You can prevent the damage yourself. You just need to take regular care of your boots.
The key to preserving leather is the gradual restoration of natural oils. It is not a case of “More is Better”. On the contrary, gradual lubrication of leather fibers prevents leather from becoming dry and brittle. Each application of leather preservative and waterproofing products should be light. You are better off applying product two or three times rather than making one heavy application. Keep your boots looking like new using this light-application technique. Make the commitment to yourself to dress your boots three to four times a year. Taking this step will ensure that they are ready to dress you until your next silver ammo can.
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