Caring for RM Williams boots is basic leather care plus keeping an eye on the soles so you don't wear them down too far.
Cleaning your boots regularly is a good way to keep them looking good and lasting a long time. How often is a common question, I think if you did it twice a year you would be well above average.
Step 1 Use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe the surface of the boots, getting rid of any dirt and dust that is on them.
Step 2 Choose a product to clean and polish your boots with. I like to use Tarrago or Wrens shoe cream for light duty wear and if you are using them as work boots or heavy duty use, add in some beeswax or similar heavier product.
DONT USE KIWI FROM THE SUPERMARKET
Its the worst at drying the leather out which over time leads to cracking and premature death of the boots.
Waterproofing is an important part of caring for leather.
It helps keeps your boots warm, dry and comfortable. Waterproofing also makes it easier to clean the dirt from your boots. All of the products designed for waterproofing footwear appear to work similar. The latest Nanotech versions do appear to work better ... but they are more expensive. Old favourites like Nikwax and Beeswax will also work well. Make sure the Beeswax is designed for footwear, as some leave a whitish residue and others stay really sticky. In tests we have done, polish alone is not that great at waterproofing. But depends on the type.
Keep the heel rubber in good condition.
Take a look at them a couple of times a year and take them in for repair once you are a couple of mm away from wearing into the leather heel block
Regular inspections can help you spot any problems before they get worse.
Any loose bits of stitching around the elastic gussets are best sorted sooner rather than later otherwise the leather stretches out of shape.
Resoling your boots when necessary will help them last longer.
You'll usually wear out the heels twice before the soles need replacing. Check the toes to make sure they haven't started to pull apart is a great idea. An easy fix if caught early. Can be a trip hazard if left to get worst and the longer you leave it the dearer it will be to fix.
These tips will help you look after your RM Williams Boots.
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