Caring for your Kit: Part 2 - Footwear

Caring for your Kit: Part 2 - Footwear

Footwear | Clean: After every use - Reproof/Condition: Varies

Your boots probably work harder than any other part of your kit. Wherever you’re adventuring – and for however long you’re out – your footwear remains in constant contact with the ground. Fortunately, with Granger’s, caring for your footwear is easy. Whether you’re looking to breathe new life into some old favourites or you have some new boots you want to break in, there’re two main stages to all footwear care.

First, you need to make sure your boots are clean. Ideally, you’ll do this regularly – cleaning your footwear after every outing will ensure that dirt doesn’t get too deeply engrained within the boot.

  • Begin by brushing off any loose dirt or mud.
  • Next, clean the surface of your boots with Granger’s Gear Cleaner. Simply spray on before wiping off with a cloth or sponge.
  • You might find it worthwhile to give the inside of your boots a quick spray with Odour Eliminator – though this is entirely optional!
  • Leave the boots to dry naturally – filling them with scrunched up newspaper is a great way to speed up the process.

Now that your boots are clean, it’s time to condition and reproof them. Exactly how you’ll do this – and how often – will depend on whether you have leather or fabric footwear.

  • For leather boots and shoes, rub Granger’s Leather Conditioner, or one of our waxes, into your footwear. For best results your shoes should be conditioned every time they’re used – this will help prevent them from drying out and cracking.
  • For fabric footwear, applying Granger’s Footwear Repel will give your shoes a water-repellent finish. This should be completed whenever water droplets no longer bead up and roll off the fabric of your shoes; in essence, your footwear will tell you when it’s time to reproof!

Finally, when it comes to replacing and cleaning laces and insoles it’s best to use your own judgement. Ideally, you should change an insole every 18 months – though you might adjust this depending on how much use your boots. With laces, it’ll be obvious when you need new ones – though do try to replace them before they break completely!

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