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How to protect your boots in the rain.

Because leather is so durable, it is a popular material for quality made footwear. But because leather is a porous material, too much water and the drying process can cause damage that can lead to premature damage and cracking of the leather. Things do happen, and everyone at one time or another will be caught in the rain while wearing their favorite leather boots. What can you do? Here are some tips.

New boots are often coated with a layer of fabric protector that provides protection from the elements. Over time, that layer breaks down and wears away. It is recommended that you periodically seal and protect the leather with a small amount of non-silicone stain guard. Always remember to test a small area on the boot before applying to the entire surface.

One of the best ways you can protect your boots is to allow the them to dry thoroughly. Never use an external heat source, this would cause them to dry out too quickly, which can lead to damage. Always allow your boots to air dry. Place newspaper inside boots to hold the shape and lay them on their side to dry properly, including the soles.

If you are caught in the rain on a regular basis, consider investing in a waterproof cover for your boots. This will prevent any potential exposure to damaging water on your boots.

A good pair of western boots is an investment. While avoiding the rain is best, it’s not always practical. With these tips, you can enjoy your favorite pair, while keeping them protected for many years to come.