Breaking in and caring for your leather boots!

Here at Dedito we appreciate that our customers feet come in all shapes and sizes!

We often get feedback from our customers about how our Moorland and Dodi boots are a perfect fit straight from the box, thanks to the soft nubuck leather they are made from.  In comparison, our new all leather Haakan boots may feel a little stiff at first due to the high quality 2.6mm leather the boots are made from and it may take some time and distance for them to soften, but your patience will be rewarded in the long run!

To help ‘break in’ your leather boots, try wearing them for shorter distances to start with, then gradually increase the distance every time you go out. This will allow the leather to flex and soften up gradually, leaving you with a comfortable pair of boots which fit perfectly.

Key to the durability of all our boot models, is regular treatment with a good quality natural wax, which will support the natural oils and fats within the leather, helping to keep them comfortable and supple.

If ground conditions have been particularly wet, or you have mis-judged the depth of that stream and you have ended up with a boot full of water, when it comes to drying out your leather boots, patience is a virtue.

It’s very tempting to just put them on the radiator or pop them next to the fire to dry, however drying them out too quickly can reduce the natural oils in the leather, making it dry and prone to cracking.

So if the worst does happen and your boots do get waterlogged, here are some handy tips on how to dry your wet boots safely and effectively:

  • Clean off any mud with a soft bristle brush
  • Remove the insoles and laces – helps to speed up the drying process and helps to avoid any discolouration of the leather
  • Tip the boots upside down and leave them for 10 – 15 minutes to make sure any excess water has drained out
  • Stuff newspaper into the toes and again leave for 10-15 minutes to soak up as much moisture as possible, then remove
  • Leave the boots tipped up in a cool, dry place to dry as slowly as possible for as long as possible
  • After drying it’s always best to recondition the leather with a good quality natural wax to help the leather maintain its waterproofness and keep it soft and supple

Investing time in your boots on a regular basis and looking after them properly will reap rewards in the long term!