polo outlet commerce ga How to Make Your Leather Boots Last Forever Or at Least Longer Than the Next Guy
Cheap boots are not good. As a utility lineman, I spend a lot of time outside under harsh conditions at work. My boots, while tough (they have to be), often pay the price as I slog through mud, water, snow, salt and rocks, not to mention the beating they take while wearing steel climbing hooks and abrading against a telephone pole. There is, however, a way to delay the inevitable and preserve your boots to survive at least as long as this crappy economy. NOTE: This ‘ible is for regular tanned leather boots only ‘rough outs’ or suede type boots like UGGs, etc. I have found a good pair of steel toed work boots (like those made by Red Wing and other work boot specialty companies like Hall’s Line Supply) will generally survive a year and a half to two years with good care under rough line work conditions. Your boots or shoes may not be subject to such harsh conditions, and may go much longer. If you are just looking to make your Doc Martens last longer for more concerts, etc. you could expect to double the life of them by doing regular maintenance. For my money (and probably yours if you are on here, we are a thrifty lot!), nothing is better than good old Neatsfoot Oil. My company supplies us with Fiebing Brand, and we keep a bottle in the office to work on our boots when we have the time. Additionally, I keep a bottle at home, as I like to oil them right after I dry them overnight. It will not hurt your hands, but it may take some time to wash out the smell, and you may feel greasy until you do. NOTE: If you are a utility lineman or ever want to be DO NOT USE these GLOVES They are for wussies who worry about the smell on their hands. that get wet in either rainy or winter weather. If you have a lot of gear, or you have more than one family member that spends time outside in bad weather, you may owe it to yourself to get more than one. My model is made by Peet (shown) and was $39 over ten years ago (yes, it has lasted me that long so far, and is on almost all the time!). A recent Ebay search yielded plenty of these, as well as the obligatory Chinese knock offs. Govern yourself and your cash accordingly. As a result most will now want to sell you a new pair of shoes or boots instead. However, some are still out there, and a good shoe guy will be able to tell you when you can fix your shoes (like having them re soled) and when it’s time to replace them. He can also tell you ways to make them last longer,
and can make little mods based on the way you walk, etc. to help extend the life of your shoes. Check your local listings for shoe guys if you are lucky enough to live in a town near a military base, there is probably more than one to choose from. Otherwise, ask around. Often, it is worth even a half hour drive to find one in a nearby larger town or city. Put the boot over your hand, just like in the photo (yes that’s my arm, not my calf I have Popeye forearms from work). Put your palm down along the insole of the boot until your fingers are where your toes would be. Using your other hand and your plastic brush, brush away any dirt or residue. Note the second photo the white residue is road salt along the seam where the upper meets the sole. Once you have oil in the entire area, you can carefully rub it into the seam. This helps to keep the leather supple in one of the most failure prone spots. As you run out of oil, pour on some more and keep on rubbin’. If your boots have leather tongues, make sure to get them as well, and into the stitching for the same reason you hit the stitching in the soles. Wipe. I try to get to mine at least once a month, but sometimes I am working enough that it gets hard to do, so I slack off to every other month. This has generally netted me a year and a half to two years out of my boots, under some of the worst work conditions for boots. Your mileage may vary. I’ve done this for ten years now and it’s inexpensive and seems to work. As I have mentioned, even a day’s worth of perspiration can do damage. Drying near a fireplace or other heat source is too much heat too soon, and will eventually lead to premature cracking of your leather. Martens and never worry about them falling apart or anything, without any of this fancy stuff from the article. I have a pair of them boots for 6 years now, still look almost like new (slight discoloration, but that happened in the first 3 weeks). just a wet cloth when they were really dirty, thats all. 😉
I suggest you buy good quality boots, thats all you need.
dugndeep 3 months agoReply
I don’t think you realize what a linesman’s pair of boots go through day after day,Doc Martens might last a month if your lucky doing a linesman job.
MelissaR115 1 year agoReply
Hi guys and gals 🙂
Got myself these new 17″ boots today! Love my Bear Hollow Boots, made in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania.
My old pair of Bear Hollow jumper boots are 8 years old, worn every month in New England. Work Play!
I for sure took care of them with Mink Oil Huberd’s Shoe Oil every other month or so. They both soften, waterproof and protect. Looking forward to many years of use out of my new,