Taking Care of Riding Boots, Especially for the Ladies…

Being big fans of western boots and having more than our fair share, the one thing I remain ever mindful of is the need to take care of the leathers, skins and stitching. As I cleaned and moisturized the boots Miss Debbie wore during last weekend’s trip to PCB and thought about all of the other lovely ladies and the boots they wear while out riding around and stomping through the sand, dirt and gritty places we go during a motorcycle rally.


So, to all of the lovely ladies, if y’all are like my Debbie and wear the fancier western boots when riding on the motorcycle, you’ll definitely want to be very attentive to regular cleaning and ‘moisturizing’ as engine heat, road grime and the hot dry air blowing over your boots from the road will cook the natural oils and moisture out of your boots and clog the pores.

britonbeachHaving just returned from Panama City Beach, it was easy to see that the two pair of boots Debbie had been wearing were definitely looking pretty toasted. Moreover, at one point we all hiked out through the soft, silty sand for a photo on the beach which left the welt filled with that very abrasive sand: not a good thing.

If you’ve got it all covered, great.  But, if you haven’t thought about it now might be a good time to hit those lovely boots with a soft horse hair shoe brush, some cleaner, and brush again to clean out those pores and then follow-up with a good-quality boot cream to put moisture back into the leathers and in particular any exotic skins, inlays or embroidery.  If the boot cream quickly vanishes into the leather you might want to hit it a second time cause that’s a sure sign that they’re thirsty!  Let dry and then brush and buff.

bootsMe, I wear Dan Post western style work boots on the bike and even those need a little love, lest I find myself replacing them instead of putting new 1/2 soles and heels on every couple of years.

By all means, keep on wearing those boots, Miss Me Jeans, shorts…  It’s a wonderful thing!


About TG

I've been around a bit and done a few things, have a couple kids and a few grandkids. I tend to be curmudgeonly, matter-of-fact and not predisposed to self-serving chit-chat. Thankfully, my wife's as nice as can be otherwise we'd have no friends. My interests are somewhat eclectic, but whose aren't?
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