By Rehan Iqbal
We talked to industry experts and got their opinions on how to protect your work boots from old man winter. Keep these tips in mind or there’s a good chance your boots will fall apart!
In this guide we’ll cover:
How to Prepare Your Boots (and Feet!) for Winter
Winter is coming. Blizzards, wet snow, early sunsets…white walkers — nobody is in a rush to get the worst season of the year started. But, it never hurts to be more proactive. In fact, if you just take a few simple safety precautions, your boots (and feet) will survive the season easily.
1. Evaluate Your Work Boots
The first harsh weather of the year is hard enough for those of us who work outside. The last thing you need is to throw a split boot seam on top of your wintertime woes.
Before you even strap them on, give your boots a good once over. Wash them with a damp rag first so you can better inspect them. Next, check the:
How do they feel? If there are tears, start shopping for a new pair. Replace the laces and consider minor repairs to the soles if necessary.
2. Lather ‘em up
Do you have leather boots? If so, now’s the time to slap some oil on ‘em. You can find affordable oil all over the web or at your local shoe store. Be kind to them and give them a thorough rubdown. Don’t neglect the seams!
Pro TIp: The best oils mix mink oil with wax.
3. Waterproof ‘em
Even if your boots are already waterproofed, spraying extra waterproofing on them is a good idea, especially if they went through a tough winter last year. Find the right waterproof spray for your material and go to town.
How to Care for Your Boots in Wintertime
Winter is here. The biggest mistake most people make (aside from ignoring the hoard of the dead beyond the wall) is not taking good care of their boots every day when they come home. We know you’re tired, but it’s worth the extra few minutes. Use these tips and your boots will last for years.
If you can afford it, we highly recommend buying a second pair of boots for the winter. Alternating between two pairs will drastically increase the lives of both. You don’t have to invest as heavily in the second pair as you do your main pair. For example, you can use one pair for light days with no snow and the other for Storm-of-the-Century blizzards.
Winter Life Hacks for Your Feet
A great pair of winter work boots is the ultimate “life hack,” but there are more steps you can take to help your feet get through the winter.
Never Wear Suede in Winter!
In general, we DO NOT recommend buying suede winter boots.
Suede is an extremely delicate fabric and does not mix well with water (in any form). Even if they are technically “waterproof” suede boots, they still won’t be as durable, comfortable, and warm as something made from leather.
Winter is coming, and you should prepare your boots accordingly. Make sure to treat them well, clean them regularly, dry them right, and, most importantly, protect your feet! You should invest as much as you can afford on a pair of boots. Investing a few extra dollars now is well worth the extra years of use and protection you’ll get out of a great pair of winter boots.