You’ve bought the boots, you love the boots, now here is everything you need to know to care for your handcrafted Spell leather boots.
Follow these easy steps to protect and maintain the supple leather and ensure your boots last years.
By protecting the leather from the elements, you will maintain the integrity and quality of Spell’s legendary boots, always ready to take you on your next adventure.
CLEANING AND CONDITIONING
Your leather boots should be considered an investment. Just like any other investment, you want your leather to look great and last a long time.
Regular cleaning and conditioning with high quality products will increase your leather’s lifespan and allow you to enjoy it for many years.
The leather upper needs to be conditioned to prevent it from dying out and cracking over time. Be careful not to over condition; leather also needs to breathe.
Therefore, if you clean your boots every week, do not use conditioner each time.
Allow the two ‘tugs’ to take the strain when pulling on your elastic sided boots; this will keep the back strong and spread the strain over the tugs and the elastic. Don’t remove your boots by using the other foot to pull them off.
Always pull the boot off with your hand from the back heel. Fine leather boots can require a full day to dry out from natural perspiration. It’s recommended to alternate wearing your pairs of boots every few days, if possible, to let them dry out from natural perspiration.
CLEANING AND DRYING
Mud or dirt should be removed from footwear when still wet, using a damp cloth and then waiting until dry before cleaning
and polishing. If your footwear becomes damp or saturated with water, allow them to dry naturally. Never use direct or forced heat, as this will harm the leather upper and may damage the sole.
When you’re not wearing them, your boots can be kept in shape with shoe trees. These are a must when boots have become saturated with water, because the shoe trees will allow the boots to dry completely without distortion.
ONGOING LEATHER CARE
Providing boots are maintained according to manufacturer recommendations, boots may be repaired numerous times.
The number of re-soles able to be done per boot is totally dependent upon the care of and subsequent state of the leather upper.
Use quality Boot Polish regularly to maintain the colour of your boots and remove scuffs. This keeps the smart finish of your leather boots, particularly for dress boots.
We recommend using a boot Polish that is free of alcohols and chemicals which can damage leather.
Casual to light Wear. Minimal Maintenance - Every 3 Months
Dress & Office Wear. Regular Maintenance - Every 8 Weeks
Outdoor Wear. High Maintenance - Every 4 Weeks
Leather soles have a wear rate of 9 - 12 months (as per the International Standards) based on an average wear of 3 to 4 days per week, however most customers will exceed this time frame.
Sole wear will vary based on the wearer, usage and surfaces walked on. When leather soles wear thin, they tend to absorb more moisture. Repairing your boots in good time is a practice worth observing as fine quality boots can easily be ruined due to overdue repair work.
Rubber soles do offer a better wear rate. Rubber soles have a wear rate of 18 - 24 months (as per the International Standards) based on an average wear of 3 to 4 days per week, however, most customers will exceed this time frame. Sole wear will vary based on the wearer, usage and surfaces walked on.