Shine YOUR Leather Boots Like A Pro | Clean Condition & Shine Dress Boot Video

Shine YOUR Leather Boots Like A Pro Clean
Condition & Shine Dress Boot Video [0:00:00]
A good pair of leather boots is something every man should have in his wardrobe – rugged,
functional, and stylish. Boots are the perfect choice when the weather
outside isn’t the best, but you still want to look your best. However, when exposed to snow, slush, and
rain, even a well-made pair of boots can break down over time if not properly cared for. In today’s video, we’re going to give you
the ultimate guide to caring for your boots covering how to clean, condition, and polish
them. To start, remove the laces. This will make it easier to clean and condition
the boots. Now, if the laces are dirty, just simply wash
them in soapy water or you may want to upgrade and get some new ones. Now, it’s time to clean your boots. Use a horsehair brush for this step giving
the leather a liberal buffing to remove loose dirt and salt. Salt can damage leather and you want to make
sure you give your boots a quick pass with the brush every time they’ve been exposed
to it. In general, it’s a good idea to give your
boots a quick once-over with the cleaning brush once every week or two depending on
wear. Now that the loose dirt and salts been removed
it’s time to hit the boots with some saddle soap to remove any stubborn dirt or stains. Run a damp rag over the soap until you produce
a light lather. Rub the lather over the boot paying attention
to any areas that need extra scrubbing. Now note, you don’t need to do this step every
time. This is only if you’ve got dirt and stains
that won’t come out with the normal buffing. Let the boots air dry for about 10 minutes
before moving to the next step. Now, it’s time to condition the leather. You know the biggest danger to your boots
with water damage is that it can when the water leaves dry out and crack the leather. Once leather has cracked, there’s little to
nothing you can do to save it. Prevention is key here, gentlemen. It’s vital to provide your boots with the
moisture to keep the leather supple and healthy. The best way to give your boots moisture is
to use a leather conditioner or a balm. Protip. When applying a conditioner, a balm, a cream
or any other product on your boots always test on a small spot to make sure it doesn’t
affect the color of the leather. Now, understand that it may initially darken
the leather, but you want to see how it looks after it dries. The tongue of the boot is always a good spot
to test because it’s not visible when laced up. Use a clean rag to apply the conditioner to
the boots making sure to get in all the crevices and creases. Wipe off any excess conditioner and allow
the boots to dry for at least 20 minutes. You will want to condition your boots about
once every three months depending on wear. If you wear these boots every single day,
then you probably want to be going through this about once a month. Also, if you live in a dry hot climate, you
may need to do this more often. Now, if you’ve got a more rugged style boot,
you may decide that, hey, I don’t want to put a polish on it and I’m going to stop at
this step. But, if you’ve got an elegant dress boot,
you’re going to want to make sure to give it some polish. Now, the first option for polishing your boot
is going to be a shoe cream. These won’t produce as much of a shine as
a wax, but they do have the benefit of giving additional moisture and nourishment to the
leather. This could also be a good option to bring
back some of the color if your boots are starting to fade. So first off, you want to make sure that you’re
using a shoe cream that closely matches the color of your boots. Use a small applicator brush and work the
cream evenly over the entire boot. A little goes a long way with most creams,
so start off with a small amount and you can add more if needed. After applying the cream, give the boots a
quick buffing with a different horse hair brush. Do not use the same one that you clean the
boots with and let it dry for about 15 minutes. Now, your other option for polishing your
boots is to use a wax-based polish. A wax-based polish has the benefits of being
able to create a much nicer shine than any type of cream. However, it’s not going to go in and moisturize
the leather, but you use the conditioners. And another added benefit of wax-based polish
is it creates a thin barrier that can help protect against salt and water. Make sure the wax polish is the final layer. You don’t want to put any cream over the wax. Wrap a soft rag around two fingers and use
it to apply the wax onto the leather using small circular motions. Continue working until you have coated the
entire boot, then let it sit while you add wax to the other boots. With both boots complete, now you’re going
to take that shining horsehair brush again not the cleaning horsehair brush and you’re
going to give the boots a good buffing to reveal the shine. You may need to repeat this step once or even
two more times to get a really nice-looking shine. Now, there’s no strict schedule for how often
you need to polish your boots. For me, it depends on wear. If I’m wearing them every day, I like to
give a really quick polish once a day, but once a week I like to break everything down
and give them a detailed polish like we talked about here. [0:04:54]
Now, you may be wondering what about waterproof sprays. When it comes down to it the leather used
in most high-quality boots is water-resistant. If you go through the steps I talked about
here your shoes are going to be good to go. If you’re concerned about waterproofing, use
a wax polish is I think it’s one of the best options out there and you can apply it to
the boot with greater control. However, having said all this, if you still
want to use a water-resistant spray, go for it just make sure it’s the last thing you
apply. Okay. So, what to do if your boots get soaked? We’re talking they get really wet. First, you want to give them time to air dry,
but make sure not to put them next to a fire or another type of heat source. Heat can cause the wet leather to dry too
quickly and can lead to cracking. It’s important to let the boots dry at room
temperature. There you go, gentlemen. Everything you need to keep your boots looking
their best on whatever adventure you’d go on. For a detailed guide on how to clean, condition,
and polish your leather boots make sure to go check out [Music]
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100 thoughts on “Shine YOUR Leather Boots Like A Pro | Clean Condition & Shine Dress Boot Video

  1. Just yesterday my natural president boots from Thursday boots came in. I was going out so I decided to wear them that night. Came into a situation and had no choice but to work on something and by the time my errand was finished I had a couple scrapes and scuffs. I knew I just needed to care for them but wasn't exactly sure what to use. Thanks for this video it helps alot!

  2. Thanks Antonio I'm waiting for this boot care video thanks one again keep it up brother 😀

  3. I wish he covered how to care for leather soles and how to strip the old wax from the leather.

  4. Wonderful video Antonio, Thank you a lot.
    Maybe you could clean a dirty pair of boots the next time? This would show how effective polishing and shining actually is. In this video the boots are already perfectly cleaned.

    Keep on going, your videos are awesome!! 🙂

  5. Hi Antonio!
    I am Marut from Kolkata, India.
    I have two questions:
    1) can coconut oil/ olive oil or beeswax be used as leather conditioner?
    2) how often one should apply conditioner if living in a very humid area?

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  7. A video on managing/ restoring creases on boots or even dress shoes will be of great help Antonio. Looking forward for your reply!

  8. Something I can see really clear it's like you never been cleaning a boot before, before you do it video be sure you know what you're talking about. But overall good video

  9. As a police cadet. I shine my boots until you can see a reflection. And all it takes is 1 step on the boot to cause wax crack( when wax get step ) i mean you can always say that just shine it again. But this time it is uneven and cause inconsistancy. For casual dress boot or what ever. I do not recommend wax. But if you can get it over with a buy a new one like a standard military boot. Ill say shine it with wax once a week( or more )

  10. Hello guys, what do you all think about using saddle soap to clean leather I think it's very controversial. Can anyone show me the light xD

  11. what about boots or shoes where the stitching is a different colour than the leather? I have a pair of black calfskin boots but they have a more… I believe a beige/tan coloured stitching. does keeping the stitch colour true even matter? or is it worth the extra time to make sure the polish doesnt smudge them?

  12. A quality pair of leather boots that are properly cared for can last years, even decades. Another great video Antonio👍🏾👍🏾

  13. Glad to see you covering all types of boots Antonio ! This content is very helpful. Thank you !

  14. You're a great inspiration. As a Junior in high school, it can be hard dressing different even though I do sometimes. People ask me why I'm dressed so fancy. They confuse fancy with presentable and stylish. It's annoying, but because of these videos, I own a more "interchangeable" wardrobe.

  15. Hi Captain, Good job, except for the shoe cream, was just what my DI taught me some 40 plus years ago. Also my condolences for your loss this year. Semper Fi Marine and Happy New Year.

  16. Really informative video especially given the snow season. Thoughts on dress shoes to suit cost ratio? Found some sources online but wanted to know what you thought.

  17. If my boots get soaked, I use a shoe tree to prevent the leather from distorting while drying. Also, I find that saddle soaps (like the one in the video) and conditioners work just as well as products aimed specifically at shoe care. They are also less expensive and you usually get them in bigger quantities. Those are my thoughts on the matter. As always, this is a great video. Thank you for your hard work.

  18. Great video Antonio! It was very informative and helpful!

    Do you have any recommendations of a leather boot cleaning kit or anything that would have a brush, conditioner, and polish included, or is it best to buy them all separately? Thanks!

  19. Ronnie from NYC..! I've had the plaleather plastic leather but it cracked .. now I'll go real leather but now with your tips on keeping it up it'll last longer informative video .. Ronnie from NYC

  20. 1 Small problem with wax, when leather get creased, you'll se in those places some white stuff, or wax cracks, that really ruins the looks of boots. So, I would recommend never to apply wax in spots where leather is working.

  21. this past week I've recently started gatching your videos. they are awesome. after this week I've decide to step it up. Dress like a man an not a boy. Love your videos. I have a large family an in the only one working. so my question is what other cheaper name brand shoes are great. I dint have the funds for ace marks or others. any suggwations will help. thanks an keep up the great work.

  22. Hey I just got my first pair of leather boots,whats the first essentials I need to buy? Can anybody give me a piece of asvice? Thanks

  23. Guys I gotta question would I be able to rock a pair of boots at the age of 17, whilst looking about 14 😂 or would it look too much

  24. Hey Antonio, would like to know if dickies are still in fashion? I really love the look and I wonder if I should wear it.

  25. When I bought my Allen Edmond's Higgins Hill boots, and my Thursday Captain boots they said very emphatically: DO NOT use Wax or polishes on their boots because of the type of leather. They suggested a condition or they mentioned a sort of 'grease' conditioner. They said the type of leather would be damaged by the wax and they should get a patina over time.

  26. Perhaps the only Men's Fashion expert who not only tells you about the right things to buy to enhance your wardrobe, but the right way to take care of your purchase and build a lasting wardrobe as well. I use the horse hair brushes, the Venetian Neutral leather balm once a week and that does the job for my Thursday boots.
    Thanks for the great video @Real Men Real Style

  27. Antonio. Thank you for this video. Keep up the great useful tips. Your the MacGyver of style and men’s grooming

  28. I was told by the saleswoman to spray my boots with water repellent spray. So I did. Now my boots are stained by the spray, yes the spray was to be used on leather

  29. Could you possibly do a video on watches, for my 16th my uncle has bought me a 1960s classic omega as he loves classic watches and I have always shown an interest in the one he wears, however I am unsure of what outfits it would go with and so I could really use your help

  30. Thank you for sharing your skills and expertise with us, I know I will definitely use it!

  31. I think you should have mentioned what type of cloth material you used or what material is best used to apply the products.

  32. Thursday captains looking fresh! just got that exact pair in a few weeks ago and loving them !

  33. I use extra virgin olive oil on my Frye boots and rub them on with my bare hands. I'm kind of wary of using polish on those boots.

  34. Thank you Antonio I’ve been waiting for someone to tell somebody to tell a majority of people to shine their boots/dress shoes I hate seeing non shined shoes!

  35. Super good video! It would be awesome if you checked out my guide to everything men's Winter boots —

    I think it is a good supplemental piece to this video, cheers!

  36. Hey Antonio, awesome video, but what about shoe trees? Do i need to put some in when not wearing them?

  37. Is coconut oil good for leather? I've woodland leather shoes (bought July 2016) and over the time they seem to have lost their newly charm and shine due to exposure to rain water during monsoons. I've tried coconut oil but doesn't really unfade them. How do I bring back the shine?

  38. I have a pair of boots I have been wearing for over 34 years and I do almost everything in this video except that I use a clear Kiwi wax to let the age show, it makes a very classic look. This is not just for boots my custom made cycling shoes need this and are still soft and look great, they are often wet (I live in the Pacific Northwest) and I use these techniques on them, Oh and they are 32 years old and I ride 5000 to 6000 miles every year.

  39. And for the leather boots & shoes that get soaked through – stuff them with newspaper to help keep their shape – especially in the toes – and let them dry well away from a heat source (as you said) – somewhere cool like the mud room.
    Once dry, follow Antonio's steps being sure to condition the leather well. They will stand up for years when treated well – lessons from the Wet Coast (Pacific Northwest).

  40. But how to clean nubuck boots from salt? got a really nice pair but damaged them and normal cleaning foam isn't working and i am afraid of demeging them even more

  41. I just wear boots because I genuinely love them. I like the creases. I do need to clean them up; so personally for me just a yearly clean. Just so they can last a couple more years before I order the same ones again after their battle have finished.

  42. Sir, can I darken a pair of seemingly stylish "scuffed" up "black" boots in hopes minimizing the scuffed look (with black polish) or is sales staff at the store full of shit???

  43. Hey thanks for the vid! how do you care for boots which are brown but get darker near the toe?

  44. You never want to use a wax polish on an oil tanned boots like these. It will ruin the texture of the boot. Only balms and cremes on oil tanned leather.

  45. Nice and informative vids.Do u have something on maintaining a rugged style boot? I have a kodiak magog brown.Thanks.

  46. Hi, Antonio! I have a question. I have black Dr. Martens 1460 NAPPA. The leather is soft (nappa) and looks matte. So my questions is – can i use this guide for my shoes? Or is there any other ways to take care of nappa matte boots?

  47. I actually own this exact pair of boots and I love them! I'm in need of some polish, can you provide a link to the exact polish you're using here?

    They're already super clean

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