Boot Care

Before You Put Them Through Their Paces,
Better Break Them In.

If your new boots are a little snug at first, don’t worry. It takes time to break in that durable, full-grain leather — anywhere from two to four weeks. Although, we have heard some interesting methods for speeding up the process. Some folks take a stroll through a nearby creek, or fill their boots with warm water and hike a couple of miles. Others take a more gradual approach, wearing their new boots just a few hours a day.

Avoid using an alcohol and water mixture to break in your Wescos. You’ve made a significant investment in your new pair of boots. Proper care from the very beginning will help to ensure performance for years to come.

Wesco’s tip for breaking in a new pair of boots: Wear Them.

Care and Feeding.

If you know what’s good for your boots you’ll keep them away from direct heat!

Your Wescos are going to get wet, there’s just no getting around it. But they are special boots and you want to protect your investment. So this is what you do: Let them dry in their own due time. No blow dryers, wood stoves, ovens, microwaves, fireplaces – use nothing with a heating element to dry them. It ruins the leather and the rubber. So, there you have it, the right way to dry out your boots. Questions? Contact Us

Mud is the enemy.

When it comes to leather, mud is the enemy. In fact, if mud is left on boots for any length of time, it draws out all the natural oils and fat, robbing the leather of strength. The best advice is to clean boots promptly after getting into the mud and apply the appropriate boot dressing — this will keep the boot from losing its shape and wearing out sooner rather than later.

Remember, there's a right way to wash out your boots.

Never use detergent. Simply wash the inside of your boot with a combination of warm water and baking soda. Do not rinse them. To dry, stuff the boots with newspaper and lay them on their side. Allow them to dry naturally. It is best to leave a bit of moisture in the leather to keep it pliable. To finish, apply appropriate boot dressings.

There's also a right way to store your boots.

To prepare your boots for storage, remove all mud from the outside and, if you want, wash the inside according to the instruction above. Apply Mink Oil and place boots in a cool, dry area.

Boot dressings we highly recommend.

Natural dressings — Bee Seal Plus, Bee Oil, and Mink Oil — are to be used on oil-tanned leathers. Use the Bee Oil as a primer and follow up with the Bee Seal Plus. This will make your boots water-resistant while serving as an excellent leather protection. We suggest you apply dressings once a month or as needed. Mink oil is to be used when storing boots. Wesco Silicone Protectant is a synthetic leather preservative which can be used on the Domain Leathers.