Op-Ed: You Use Too Much Leather Conditioner

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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

Review: When You Should and Shouldn’t Use Huberd’s Shoe Grease

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Huberd’s is a small American company based in Bennett, Colorado, and they’ve been in the shoe grease business since 1921. The company produces a variety of products like Shoe Oil, which is for more delicate leather, and Leather Dressing, which is for rugged leather items like saddles and harnesses. Their flagship product is Huberd’s Shoe … Read more

Sof Sole Mink Oil Review – It’s Not Actually Mink Oil?

Is mink oil the fountain of youth for your boots? I decided to pick some up to see if they could work on some four-year-old Thursday boots. Now, these boots have never been conditioned and a lot of the damage, like deep gashes in the leather, is beyond repair. (They’re not mine; I borrowed them … Read more

Saphir Renovateur Review – Is It the World’s Best Boot Conditioner?

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Saphir’s Renovateur is the crème de la shoe crème. It is the fanciest, schmanciest, priciest leather conditioning product you’re likely to find and it has developed a serious cult following among boot aficionados. Of course, we’re talking about the Medaille d’Or Saphir Renovateur not the regular Renovateur you get in a blue lid. (It also comes … Read more

Venetian Shoe Cream Review and How to Use

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It’s fair to say that Venetian Shoe Cream is the go-to product for conditioning boots. Whether you’re talking about boots that are outdoorsy or dressy,  practically every company from so-so Thorogood to top-tier Viberg recommend you pair your purchase with a bottle of VSC. For this piece I interviewed Philip Collias, the CEO of the company that … Read more

Red Wing Boot Oil Vs. Mink Oil – What’s Best for Waterproofing and Maintaining Color?

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Don’t make the same mistake I did. Don’t lose your Red Wings to the wrong conditioner. Take a look at these Red Wing Iron Rangers, perhaps the most beloved American heritage boot on the market. This is what they looked like when they arrived on my doorstep versus how they looked after applying a conditioner … Read more