Footwear Shoe Maintenance

Shoe Maintenance

Shoe care is vitally necessary to prolong the life expectancy of your shoes. Only proper maintenance can guarantee your shoes a long service life. Read the full story

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Ekol Leather Oil, 0.25l
Ekol Leather Oil, 0.25l
6.99 USD
Now available. Sold 31 in the last two weeks.
Palc Grasa de Caballo Grease For Leather, 50 ml
Palc Grasa de Caballo Grease For Leather, 50 ml
3.99 USD
Now available. Sold 19 in the last two weeks.
Haix shoe care for Gore-Tex, 75 ml, black
Haix shoe care for Gore-Tex, 75 ml, black
9.99 USD
Now available. Sold 65 in the last two weeks.
NK Beeswax 100 ml
NK Beeswax 100 ml
13.99 USD
Now available. Sold 14 in the last two weeks.
Springyard Active Cleaning Gel for Shoes
Springyard Active Cleaning Gel for Shoes
9.99 USD
Now available. Sold 3 in the last two weeks.
Woly Protector 3x3 impregnation spray, 300 ml
Woly Protector 3x3 impregnation spray, 300 ml
9.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Dutch shoe brush for nubuck and suede, surplus
Dutch shoe brush for nubuck and suede, surplus
4.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Springyard Active Wax Oil
Springyard Active Wax Oil
12.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Springyard Active Eco Proofer Waterproofer
Springyard Active Eco Proofer Waterproofer
17.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock. Sold 2 in the last two weeks.
Springyard Active Power Protect Waterproofer
Springyard Active Power Protect Waterproofer
11.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock. Sold 4 in the last two weeks.
Springyard Active Shoe Cleaning Kit
Springyard Active Shoe Cleaning Kit
17.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Lowa Active Creme, 75 ml
Lowa Active Creme, 75 ml
9.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Swiss shoe care set, surplus
Swiss shoe care set, surplus
9.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Shoe brush, dual action
Shoe brush, dual action
5.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Tallipoika leather grease, 500 ml, clear Tallipoika leather grease, 500 ml, black
Tallipoika leather grease, 500 ml
Tallipoika leather grease, 500 ml
7.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Palc Shoe Polish, 50 ml, Brown Palc Shoe Polish, 50 ml, Black Palc Shoe Polish, 50 ml, Neutral
Palc Shoe Polish, 50 ml
Palc Shoe Polish, 50 ml
4.99 USD
Now available. Sold 6 in the last two weeks.
Tallipoika Natural tar, 500 ml
Tallipoika Natural tar, 500 ml
8.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
BW shoe polish, black
BW shoe polish
BW shoe polish
3.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Lowa Water Stop Pro, 300 ml
Lowa Water Stop Pro, 300 ml
11.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Gateway1 Rubber Conditioner, 150 ml
Gateway1 Rubber Conditioner, 150 ml
18.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.

WHY SHOE MAINTENANCE IS IMPORTANT

Shoe care is vitally necessary to prolong the life expectancy of your shoes. Only proper maintenance can guarantee your shoes a long service life.

This category contains the products required to maintain the excellent condition of your shoes. Especially leather boots require maintenance regularly to keep them intact. Here are our shoe care supplies.

We have a detailed article covering various leathers, ways to clean and treat them, and general info about greases, spray-on treatments, and shoe polishes. Do check it out if you have the time, or just tl;dr the following:

Shoe maintenance goes like so:

  1. Cleaning
  2. Treating
  3. Finishing

As a preventive measure, let the boots dry without insoles (and preferably laces) after each use.

For the maintenance itself, you'll need at least shoe brush to rub the dust off the surface. Shoe polish or oil won't do anything if it's spread on dirt. When shoes are clean, it's time to move on to handling. The product to use depends on the material of the shoes, but for leather shoes BW shoe polish or Ekol Leather Oil fits perfectly. After use, you should also dry your shoes properly. It may sound tempting to speed up the drying by putting them beside a heater, but that is not worthwhile because they may overdry and be damaged. If you need to speed up the drying process, try putting some newspaper or something else that absorbs liquid.

ALL IN ONE PACKAGE

We also have shoe care kits in our assortment. Swiss surplus and a new one from Springyard. Go ahead and have a look.

Avoid sole-destruction by using your hiking boots

It is probably good to mention that hiking boot soles have a tendency to start falling apart if you keep them unused for extended periods of time. This isn’t a diabolical scheme to destroy your boots as quickly as possible but a chemical reaction called hydrolysis. The hiking boot soles usually contain polyurethane (PU) because it is light, flexible, and cushioning. Some manufacturers also use ethyl vinyl acetate (EVA). They aren’t totally perfect materials because humidity - that slimy bastard - corrupts them, and this effect is accelerated when the boots are left unused.

So, how to battle this evil chemistry? When you walk, the sole bends, which creates friction and thus also heat, which repels moisture and slows down the hydrolysis. The best way is to keep the boots walking.

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