As trusted wholesale footwear distributors around the globe, we understand that those who invest in wholesale leather shoes or boots often wonder if they should condition their leather footwear. The short answer is yes, but you may want to know why, and what the benefits are.
It’s important to note that conditioning and polishing are not the same thing. While polishing leather shoes and boots does provide a shine, it does little to protect footwear from cracking, water damage, and other things that can reduce the life of leather footwear. Ultimately, conditioning your leather will help make it last for years, in some cases even decades.
Think of the abuse your shoes take
When you wear any type of shoes, regardless of whether they are leather, they are subject to a substantial amount of abuse. Not only do they support your weight, but shoes are constantly slapped against the ground and whatever is on the ground, whether grease, mud, salt, water, dirt, or grime.
Conditioning your leather boots or shoes will help ensure the leather resists water penetration, and remains supple. Simply conditioning your leather footwear every few months can protect your investment!
Leather is essentially skin
While as humans our skin enjoys nutrients from the inside, leather doesn’t receive this “internal” nutrition, and therefore needs to be nourished from the outside. Without proper conditioning, your leather shoes and boots will become dried out and crack, losing its flexibility.
Steps for conditioning leather shoes or boots
The process requires some effort, and involves cleaning your shoes/boots first with saddle soap. Shoes should then dry naturally, without heat, at room temperature until completely dry. Once dry, condition according to directions, then thoroughly remove all excess conditioner. Now your shoes or boots are ready to be polished and worn.
How often your leather shoes or boots need conditioning depends on several factors, including the conditioner you use, the environment and conditions where you live, and the type/thickness of leather.
At The Jay Group Ltd., we know that some shoes and boots are a big investment. Proper care will ensure they give the wearer years of enjoyment!
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