Should You Put Mink Oil Inside Your Boots?

Mink oil is as popular as it is because it works — for years, it has been the go-to elixir for dried up work boots. As a refresher for those of us who are not familiar with this conditioner, mink oil is basically fat extracted from a mink’s abdominal tissue. This unusually stable fat conditions … Read more

6 Ways to Darken Leather Boots | Mink, Coconut, Pine, and More

Most guys try to avoid darkening their leather boots. But maybe you bought a pair online and the lighting in those marketing pics made the color look lighter than you expected. The good news is, you can darken leather boots very easily. If you wanted, you could with just about any oil in your kitchen, … Read more

Saddle Soap vs Mink Oil: What Should You Put On Your Boots?

You’ve got an impressive pair of beloved boots that have seen one too many winters, way too much oil and grease, and tons of miles of wear and tear. How do you get them looking halfway decent again? There are lots of methods and techniques for cleaning and conditioning your boots, saddle soap and mink … Read more

How to Use Saddle Soap to Clean Your Boots

Saddle soap is the go-to product for cleaning leather. But people get a bit nervous about using saddle soap on their nice leather boots, especially if it’s a pair of boots that you really, really like. Why? Saddle soap has a reputation for being at best unnecessary and at worst damaging. But what if you … Read more

Venetian Shoe Cream vs Saphir Renovateur Comparison

The two most talked about conditioners for leather boots are Venetian Shoe Cream and Saphir’s Renovateur, so let’s compare the two so you can decide which one you want to use. Or,  to speak a little more honestly, if it’s worth spending three times more on Saphir, which costs about $9 per ounce. In today’s … Read more

Review: How to Use Birchees Leather Conditioner

There are countless leather care products on the market, many carrying decades of lore and legend that culminate in their present-day reputation among consumers. Making sense of this maze of leather care products can be complicated and overwhelming, and in most cases requires that you, the consumer, have a firm understanding of the leather you’re … Read more

How to Care for Thursday’s Rugged & Resilient Leather

Thursday Boot Company’s Rugged & Resilient leather has been tremendously successful for the brand. Once a one-off leather for their American made Vanguard boots, this line of leathers can now be found on almost every one of the company’s shoes and it’s available in a wide variety of colors like Tobacco, Black Matte, Burnt Copper, … Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Mink Oil on Boots | Benefits, Alternatives, and More

So what is mink oil? Mink oil is a leather conditioner that is traditionally made from a mink’s abdomen fat. While it is mainly used by shoe enthusiasts and leather workers today, this oily balm has its roots in Native American material culture. Long ago, indigenous populations such as the Chippewa used mink oil as … Read more

The 5 Best Leather Conditioners for Your Beloved Boots

I’ve been boring the internet with my highly detailed, lovingly crafted reviews of leather conditioners for months and months — and had a pretty steep decline in YouTube views as a result — but if you’re reading this, then you’re in luck. You don’t have to read the other reviews because this, my friend, this … Read more

Op-Ed: You Use Too Much Leather Conditioner

What do salt, perfume, and shoe polish have in common? Too much salt ruins an otherwise good batch of cookies, overdoing it on the perfume or cologne is repugnant, and too much leather conditioner, designed to help protect and waterproof your favorite pair of boots can actually oversaturate the leather. However, a dash of salt, … Read more