How to Shrink Leather Boots – Dos & Don’ts

Wondering how to shrink leather boots? Before you read if you’re planning to shrink your leather boots because they are too big, you might want to think again. There just isn’t anyway to make a pair of boots smaller. You can shrink the leather in some areas of the boot, like the uppers in cowboy … 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

What Is Patina? A Guide to Leather, Denim, and Watches

If you were to ask the average person on the street what ‘patina’ is, you’d likely get some variation of “Isn’t that when copper turns green?” The shortest answer is, yes, that is indeed one example of patina. However, this mystical buzz word is not limited to discolored metal and has far more power than … Read more

Here’s How to Get Salt Stains Out of Your Boots

A good friend and mentor of mine once told me that “if you take good care of your tools, then your tools will take good care of you”. This article is about how to get salt stains out of boots, but that happened when I was working as a camp guide, and I know this … Read more

Leather vs Suede vs Nubuck – Which Boots Should You Get?

Leather, suede, and nubuck: the three pillars of the quality boot world. Chances are, if you’re considering quality boots, they’re made of one of these three materials. But which is right for you? There’s a lot to consider when comparing leather vs suede vs nubuck: how hard you want to wear it, how much you’d … 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

Does It Matter If Your Leather Conditioner Has Petroleum?

If you’ve already invested in a pair of quality leather boots, you probably know how important leather conditioner is. A good conditioner will do a lot for you: smooth out small scratches and imperfections, soften and add suppleness, protect from salt and dirt, degrease and clean the surface, and revitalize the luster of the leather … Read more

Venetian Shoe Cream Review and How to Use

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?

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