Your footwear represents an investment and should be regularly inspected and maintained to keep them comfortable and performing well. You should keep them dry, clean, conditioned and protected.
How to care for and get the longest life out of your boots
Always clean your boots after use by brushing caked dirt away from welts and seams, then wipe leather with a clean, damp cloth. If your boots become wet, never dry them by a fire or artificial heat source as this will cause the leather to harden and shrink, and in extreme cases, pull away from the sole. Always allow the boots to dry at room temperature.
To keep your boots water resistant and pliable, you should dress the leather after cleaning with a suitable leather dressing.
Avoid exposing your boots to chemical contamination, as this may reduce their longevity. Leather is absorbent by nature and strong acids and alkalis will do irreparable damage. Common substances such as milk and salt are highly damaging. In the event of exposure, rinse the contaminant from the boots thoroughly before applying a leather dressing.
All footwear should be stored in a dry, cool place when not in use.
Safety Footwear Checks
You will probably not wear any other piece of protective equipment as much as you wear your safety footwear. Even carefully maintained footwear will wear out eventually and need to be replaced. Some occupations can make that happen a lot sooner than others. Protective footwear is your last line of defence for foot-related injuries. We recommend you inspect your boots regularly.
Check the soles and heels for significant wear. When the tread pattern starts to disappear, so can your traction.
Make sure the upper is intact. Look for cuts, abrasions, torn stitching or damaged eyelets. If the safety toe cap is exposed in any way the footwear is no longer going to provide the protection it is designed for.
When your protective footwear is beyond maintenance, your feet deserve a new pair.