A while ago someone asked well how do you clean those boots of yours and get them to look decent again Crane. Another question is about touching them up with colored wax when they get scuffed. Well, I decided to address both questions.
First off I cannot stress the importance of keeping up on a maintenance plan that fits how you wear these boots. The entire idea is to keep the leather healthy and both boot oil and something like LP also keeps staining down. Some of the stuff I walk in will stain dry leather jet black and there is nothing you are going to do to get it out. Same goes for salt, though it is possible to get that problem down to a tolerable level.
Geez Crane WTF! That's not one of your brown boots is it?
Yes it is.
I told you a zillion times that you can beat these boots senseless and with just a little bit of work you can make miracles happen. This thread is full of pics of my boots in various stages of disarray and after cleaning.
The first thing I did was wipe down the boot with a damp sponge with a little bit of Dawn dish washing soap on it. I have no idea where in the hell my saddle soap or my Lexol cleaner is. That's what happens when you clean the garage I guess. I'm sure both will show up in a year or two. LOL! Anyway wipe them down really good. you know you're doing it right when it foams up a bit. When the sponge is dirty rinse it off and start again with fresh soap. Once you get the crud off rinse the sponge and wipe the leather to get the soap off. Toss them out on your back porch for a while to let them dry.
So instead of just treating them with oil or snoseal I decided to color them up a bit. It's been a long time since I've oiled/snosealed them so they are a bit on the dry side. If you are going to color them up this is the time to do it. On freshly treated boots you are wasting your time trying this. It just won't work. So me being me I decided that some red would add some character to my well worn red toned beat to death 4 year old original brown 1Ks. So a coat of number 8 Meltonian creme wax later and hey I now have a pair of rust or number 8 colored boots and lookie they're shiny too! ROFLMAO!
Now after a few weeks of wearing these and water brushing them everyday I would expect most of the wax will be gone. That's when I'll treat them with oil. A couple of weeks after that they get snosealed. They'll be good to go for the Winter after that.
Yes I know the sole edges look like crap. Yes I could do something about it but why? Whatever I do to them won't last two days doing what I do so it's just not a concern of mine.