Now it’s advisable to reach for the products: material dependent protective sprays or conditioning waxes add extra waterproofing to the boot, alongside added protection from mud and grit.
- Re-proofing your shoes with products depends on what your boots are made from.
- Always make sure you’ve followed the steps above before re-proofing.
- Re-proofing before you’ve cleaned and dried the boot will stop the product from sticking to and sealing the boot material from the elements.
- Before re-proofing, leather boots will benefit from conditioning. This stops the leather from cracking and will keep them lax and flexible for comfortable climbs and treks.
- All boots, both leather and synthetic, are going to require re-proofing. This gives the boot an extra coat of waterproofing, but make sure the product is specific to your boot material. If you don’t know, ask.
- Check the manufacturers recommendations before you purchase any waterproofing or conditioning products, they may have recommendations for the specific material.
Cleaning your boots may not be the most fun part of hiking, but it’s going to give your gear a longer shelf life and keep your hikes more comfortable. You might look a bit sharper too.