Maintaining your footwear...

Boots don’t require much maintenance and our excellent range will stand up to some pretty demanding conditions. However, a little attention once in a while and use of the right footwear care products will keep them performing for longer. Follow these simple steps and get the most out of your boots. Watch this video for boot maintainence tips from outdoor expert Paul Deegan.

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Tips for looking after your boots:

  • 1

    Scrub clean
    After a trip, take a moment to wash off any mud and grit you have lovingly accumulated with warm water and a semi-stiff brush. Avoid detergents.

  • 2

    Treat with proofer
    Use Nikwax Fabric & Leather Proof or a suitable substitute to treat your boots.

  • 3

    Shape if softened
    To avoid your boots losing their shape, do not soften your leather uppers too much while washing.

  • 4

    Absorb all moisture
    If your boots get really wet, stuff them with newspaper or use Absorba Balls to help draw out moisture and prevent odour.

  • 5

    Dry carefully
    DO NOT place your boots next to a direct heat source as the upper can crack. Allow them to dry naturally in a warm room or outdoors.

  • 6

    Check for wear
    Occasionally check your soles for signs of wear. If you notice you are losing grip, you may want to have the sole replaced. Consider investing in a new pair of boots if the uppers are damaged too.

    Footwear care products

    There is a range of footwear care products available for both leather and textile uppers:

  • Nikwax Fabric & Leather Proof

    Nikwax Fabric & Leather Proof


    A long-lasting treatment which conditions your boots without softening them. Maximum waterproofing is provided with little or no change to appearance or texture of leather or textiles. Water-based treatment and safe to use on most footwear types.

  • Trekmates Absorba Balls

    Trekmates Absorba Balls


    After a long day out on the hill, your boots can get a little wet. Absorba Balls are a re-usable solution to this problem. They are specially designed to absorb moisture from your boots in a matter of hours, not only drying your boots, but also preventing mould and odour.

  • Nikwax Nubuck & Suede Proof

    Nikwax Nubuck & Suede Proof


    Designed specifically for waterproof nubuck and suede, the water-based formula makes it safe to use on footwear with waterproof breathable lining and waterproof leathers. It is incredibly easy to use and will give your boots a new lease of waterproofing life!

  • Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather 100ml

    Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather 100ml


    This brilliant waterproofer can be used on either wet or dry leather. Once it has been applied, you can head straight out and use your boots. The penetrative ingredients add water repellency and reduce water absorption giving you a great all-round treatment.

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