Rough leather inside boots gets damp every day with sweat. Problem? Solution?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by oneninetyseven, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. oneninetyseven

    oneninetyseven Well-Known Member

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    Feb 14, 2012
    Hi guys,

    I recently acquired a pair of Red Wing Heritage 1911 work boots. They're great, though need a lot of breaking in, and I'm doing my best to get them nice and comfy. However, the inner (underside) of the tongue and most of the inside of the uppers is rough leather - and after a day of wearing them (I'm on my feet and moving a lot), this leather is definitely damp.

    A) Is this a problem?

    B) Should I actually try to dry this leather off somehow, and if so, how? (I'd love to hear it's not an issue, since it's not feasible for me to find a fan and put the boots in front of it or pat them with an absorbent cloth or whatever else every night.)

    Right now I just keep them on the floor in my room with the tongues lifted up and forward, foam insoles taken out and a fabric sack of what I believe is some sort of volcanic rock to absorb moisture and odors in each boot. Good enough?

    C) Should I purchase something to protect the rough leather, and if so, what - or is it not necessary?

    Thanks for your help! I want these boots to last.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2012

  2. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Senior member

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    Sep 30, 2010
    I'm conflicted who should post next, Reevolving or iroh.

    I will think on this question.

  3. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    Sep 30, 2009
    The Arena - Centerfield
    You should never wear the same footwear 2 days in a row. Alternate your footwear, giving each pair at least 24 hours to dry and air out.

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