So, you've got a well worn pair of boots or shoes that have seen better days, the rainy season is upon us, you want them to look like they used to and you're wondering what to do...
Well, follow along as we show you how to rejuvinate that cherished pair, restoring health, breathability and weather resistance to your favorite kicks.
Our agreeable model for this adventure is a pair of Eric Michael Montana. They are on their third season without so much as a hint of treatment given to them in that time span.
Leather is skin, and like your skin, it needs to be cleaned, moisturized and protected for optimal health. Some of the things we enjoy about quality leather footwear are its duability, breathability and protection from the elements. But, when we don't take care of that quality leather, dirt clogs the pores, inhibiting its ability to breath while atracting and clinging to moisture, and sapping the leather of its oils and protectants.
So, the first step towards rejuvination is to clean them with a quality cleaner. Today, we're using the Cadillac Select line of cleaner, conditioner, and proofing.
Following the directions on the label we will apply the leather cleaner to a small area, rubbing it in and removing the excess as we go. When you've completed the cleaning process allow your boot or shoe to dry thouroughly before moving on to the conditioner. In a similar fashion, work the conditioner into the leather, allowing it to penetrate fully before wiping off any excess. Lastly, apply the weather proofing in two or three coats, misting it lightly onto the entire surface and allowing to dry before applying the next coat.
What you will achieve will look something like this. Yep, go ahead and scroll back up to look at the first picture. And, yes, that is the same pair of boots. Yours will also look this good.
For comparison's sake, the boot on the left is our boot, and the boot on the right is a brand new pair of Eric Michael Montana. Pretty amazing, huh?
And, to demonstrate how effective the process is in defending you from the elements, behold...
So there you have it. A fully restored pair Eric Michael Montana, ready to tackle another Pacific Northwest winter in style.
If you have any questions, be sure to ask any of our knowledgable sales staff, they will be happy to help you on your path to footwear rejuvination.