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Wolverine 1000 mile boots - what do you use - Page 2
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I see some people replacing leather soles with rubber straight away.
Why not wait until the leathers are no good?
I agree with the person that shines boots/shoes. I ran an English Tack Shop and manufactured leather horse related products for over 20 years. I sold thousand dollar saddles. It is quite simple...if you don't take care of your investment then you are wasting your money. I have probably tried two dozen 'Miracle Leather' products over the years and found most of them to be useless. Several products that I used and recommend are the Lexol line as well as the Stubben Hammanol Oil. I particularly like the Lexol nf (neats foot) for my daily or weekly wipe down. It is a nice conditioner that is almost impossible to over use. When first wiped on with a wetted cotton cloth it may darken the leather just slightly but as it dries/soaks in the leather goes back to its original color. For a good conditioning after prolonged use I would clean the boots with either the pH balanced Lexol cleaner or the Lexol nf and then follow that with a light coating of Stubben Hammanol. Stubben has been making some of the finest English saddles for over a 100 years and yes they have a good idea what to put on their leather to make it last longer. A horses sweat is very acidic and salty and is quite hard on leather if you can imagine. That's my five cents worth. By the way I am on this blog as I just recently purchased the Wolverine 1000 mile boot and was curious what others might be suggesting for proper care of the boots. I am quite surprised just how little information is out there for these boots. These boots like any fine leather product should last a life time if properly taken care of. The person calling names and suggesting that you should just wear your boots and forget about taking care of them must be a trust fund hippy with unlimited funds to buy/replace his boots when they start to fall apart. Unfortunately all I got from my parents was good common sense about life and not much money. I would take that over money every day of my life.