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Our Winter Boots Maintenance Guide

Our Winter Boots Maintenance Guide

So you've just received your pair of winter boots and you want to keep them looking sharp? The lifespan of a boot will depend on how well it is maintained. Here are some tips and tricks!

First use

  • For the made-in-Canada RACHEL boots only:  Your new boots have already received a high-quality waterproofing treatment from the factory.  This includes suede and leather varieties.  Upon the first powder, you have nothing do to but jump right in!
  • Other insulated winter boots: These boots have not received specialized waterproofing treatments.  However, leather is itself a water resistant material which will keep you comfy under normal use.

Treat Your Winter Boots Throughout Winter

  • IMPORTANT: Always test the product on a small out-of-the-way patch to ensure satisfaction before applying everywhere.  Do not over-apply, as it can alter the colour of your boot.
  • Natural leather wax: restores the appearance of your boots, increasing their lifespan.
  • Leather grease: like a hydrating skin cream, nourishes and protects the leather from cracking. Pay close attention to the seams and stitches.
  • Waterproofing spray: Spray as much as you like! Clean your boots with a damp cloth, allow to dry, and spray away! 
  • Suede brush: Helps to remove stains from the suede. Gently brush soiled or scratched regions to restore the suede's original finish. Try both sides on a small patch to ensure satisfaction with one or the other.
  • To prevent the famous white salt stains in winter, keep a rag or sponge by your door and wipe your boots upon arrival, before the salt has a chance to penetrate.
  • The best care tip we can give you: an end-of-season trip to the cobbler. It never did any harm; it's like a spa for your boots!
  • During the off-season, allow your boots to dry completely before storing them in a cool dark place, preferably in a dust bag, free from any source of humidity.

Warnings

  • Your boots will keep you dry, but it doesn't mean they're rain boots. Avoid spending time in deep puddles. ;)
  • Mink oil: Take note that this product can be damaging for this kind of leather. We suggest a less oily product.
  • All our products are made from quality leather, but it remains a sensitive material. Our boots are designed for city use, not snowshoeing adventures. Avoid excessive rubbing and scraping. It is entirely normal that scuffs and scratches accumulate over time.

Note: Feel free to use an after-market treatment of your choice.  Be sure to always test in an inconspicuous location as some treatments can cause discolouration.

Others Questions?

If you don't find the answer you're looking for there, don't hesitate to reach out to us at hello@maguireshoes.com.

We wish you a happy warm winter!
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