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Wet Boots? How to Care for Them

Keep Those Boots Dry!

It's about that time again. The cold wet snowy weather is approaching! What to do with those beautiful expensive boots you bought and suddenly they've gotten wet! Ruined? Nah. Here's some tips on how to dry them and keep them looking like new again.

Allow your boots to dry at a normal temperature. Rushing the process is unhealthy for boots, particularly leather boots. Remove insoles and let them air-dry separately from the boots. Do not place wet boots close to a heat source (such as fireplace, radiator, sunny windowsill, etc...) as high heat:
  • Weakens the adhesives used in modern footwear.
  • Bakes the upper, which could turn the leather brittle or cause it to shrink and curl, which potentially could squeeze a boot's toe counter (a nylon reinforcement in toe), which would alter its fit.
Recommended speed-drying method: Place your boots (insoles removed, tongue propped open) in the path of a fan in a normal, room-temperature environment. No fan handy? Stuff a sheet or 2 of newspaper into each boot. Newsprint is a surprisingly decent moisture absorber.  Make sure you change the paper each hour.

You're going to want to store your boots in a place where temperatures are stable and normal. Don't store boots in attics, garages, car trunks or any unventilated spaces where heat can rapidly accumulate.

Hope this helps!

Make it a great day!

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