How to Care for Your Cowboy Boots

You just purchased a brand new pair of cowboy boots and are wondering, how do I care for them? Protecting your new Cowboy Boots by Soto Boots or any other pair of leather boots is not too different than caring for your other shoes. However, here are a few tips to help you. High-quality cowboy boots like Soto Boots, are made of genuine leather. Since this is a natural material, just like your body's skin, you must clean and moisturize your boots to prolong its looks and life.

Clean Excess Dirt Off Your Boots

After dancing in your cowgirl boots or working on the field in your cowboy boots, they are bound to get dirty. Using a light brush made of horsehair, clean off the dirt and dust that got on your boots. This prevents the contaminants from seeping into the pores of the leather. It's a great idea to do this every time you take off your boots, as it will greatly prolong the life of your boots. If mud is caked on your western boots, you can use a plastic spoon to break off the big clumps of dirt. 

Scout Saddle Soap

Use a Damp Sponge

For those really tough days when dirt and mud accumulate on your cowboy boots, it's a good idea to use a damp sponge to clean them up. Plain water is all you need to wet the sponge with. If your work boots have seen some serious action, you may need to use leather soap, like saddle soap, to get the job done.

Apply Leather Conditioner

Once your cowboy boots are dry, apply a leather conditioner to keep the boot's leather soft and subtle. Using a high-quality boot conditioner will extend the life of your western boots and you'll get many years of enjoyment out of them. You should condition your boots every 3-6 months depending on how often you wear them. Never use oils like mink oil or olive oil as they can darken your leather.

Additional Boot Care Tips

Use Water Repellent on Your Boots

When you first get your pair of Soto Boots (or any pair of shoes for that matter) it's a great idea to use a silicone water repellent spray. This will help keep your cowboy boots clean and try. You'll have to reapply this every few months depending on how often you wear your boots. 

Periodically Polish Your Boots

For leather cowboy boots, you can polish them to remove the appearance of scratches and creases. You should never polish suede or naked finish boots. Use a cream polish the same color as your boots to give them new life and freshen its appearance.
Scout Paste Polish

Finding Boot Care Products:

Our preferred brand of boot care products is Scout Boot Care Products. You can find Scout Boot Care in many online stores or by visiting us at Chicago location at 4136 W 26th St, Chicago Il 60623. You can always email us at for any additional questions on how to take care of your cowboy boots.