Keep them clean
Originally Posted by ABear
I'm looking to preserve the profile of my lizard skin boots as much as possible. They've got a western style boot tree and are conditioned regularly (and treated with a non-silicone stain protector) but I want to minimize the amount of creasing they'll take as much as possible.
Is there anything else that can be done other than just not wearing them? Cause I love them, I'm wearing them all the damn time.
! Use conditioners that are light on, or better, devoid of, heavily "saturated" (?) oils/fats--such as mineral oil, mink oil, neetsfoot oil, or tallow. Avoid any product that leaves a residue--glycerin saddle soap is an example. Even shoe creams fit into that category to some extent, esp. if not used with deliberation.
Also avoid any product that contains turpentine or benzine or other "dying agent."
I would recommend Bick4. It won't change the colour of the leather nor suffocate it with oils. That said, I don't think you can go wrong with light applications of Lexol (in the brown container).
And use a ph balanced soap such as Lexol cleaner (in the orange bottle). Baby shampoo is ph balanced and it works pretty good as well. As long as you replenish the conditioners in the leather when it is dry, frequent cleaning is always good.
Every shoe or boot is going to crease. That's supposed
to happen, but especially in the case of lizard, micro-fines collect in the interstices between the tiles and slowly begin to abrade and cut the fibers of the leather.
Lizard is very thin and it is most delicate between the tiles. Eventually it will
crack ...right between the tiles. I am of the opinion that the single biggest threat to lizard is the build-up of gunk in those spaces.
The old wisdom is to never tree a western boot (or 'pull-on") because the heel stiffener is not shaped to the back of the last. And the heel of the last is more straight up and down relative to shoe lasts, in any case. Such boots need to break in, they need to get creases in strategic places in order to avoid heel slip. Treeing a boot flattens those creases.
I guess you can see where I'm going here...if the boot fits you good, tree them for a while right after taking them off. Wipe them down with a soft cloth when they are treed to remove fines from between the tiles. But don't leave the trees in all the time.
Many high end, high priced "dedicated" products are formulated more to protect the finish on specialty leathers than to maintain or restore the "life" of the leather itself. You don't need to get sucked into the hype about "Reptile Conditioners", etc..
Check out Glenkaren products--they are all natural and don't contain any of the chemicals I mentioned above.
So...keep 'em clean, condition frequently and use a good polish
. All the polish does is add wax to repel some water and dust.
Same general advice for lizard shoes applies.
--Edited by DWFII - 12/12/13 at 4:36pm