How to Take Care of Your Cowboy Boots

Posted by Jaylin Ramer and Paul Greyshock on 7th Feb 2015

How to Take Care of Your Cowboy Boots

Handmade and handcrafted Cowboy boots are built to last a very long time. We see customers in our Nolita store that have had the same boots for decades, since the 60's 70's and earlier.  It's one of the many reasons why cowboy boots and western fashion have stood the test of time.  Not only are they comfortable, but if they are made authentically, you just need to do these five easy tricks to keep them a lifetime. 

1. We recommend retaining the boots shape by getting yourself a pair of shoe shapers. Put them in the boots as soon as you take them off. They will preserve the original shape and assist to prevent the boot from looking saggy. Shoe shapers by Planet Cowboy will soon to be available to purchase online at our shop.

2. Preserve the leather Sole: We suggest using mink oil if you live in inclement weather. Apply the mink oil on the sole of the foot, sides of the soles, and all around the heel. It’ll prevent the soles and heels from being dried out and splitting. This also is a great waterproofer, not that you can go trekking through rivers and ponds. Use the mink oil at least once a month or as much as needed on the sole, side sole, and heels. Mink oil is a must if you want to preserve the original leather sole.  We will soon be selling mink oil on our site.

3: To condition leather: At Space Cowboy we highly recommend Blackrock Leather N Rich for smooth leathers.  This conditioner is meant for non-sueded leathers and non-exotic leathers like calf, bison, and kangaroo. Use the Blackrock monthly or as needed to condition and moisturize the leather. Be thorough and neat when conditioning. For an aged look, the application is not needed as often. If the boots do get very wet, do not dry them with heat or a blow drier! This will dry out the leather and cause it to crack. Just set the boots down in room temperature. When your boots are dry and shaped. Recondition them using the Leather N Rich to retain the moisture the leather has.  For exotic leathers we recommend Reptan.  It also cleans, conditions, and preserves crocodile, alligator, sting-ray, lizard, python and any other exotic leathers you can make boots from. Same routine, different leather conditioner.

4. You should keep the welt stitch good and clean by brushing them with a soft bristle brush or any sort of small brush every few months or so. This will prevent dirt from building up after many years and rotting the welt stitch.  

5. Relasting a boot is expensive. If you walk around on pavement a lot, soon enough you're going to put a hole in the original leather. To stop this, get vibram rubber on the bottom after the boot is completely broken in. It should take one week, depending how often you’re sporting your new boots.  We aren't suggesting that you replace the original sole, only that you get a thin rubber vibram cover that goes over the sole leather. This will prevent you from getting a hole in the original leather and it also helps with traction if your boots get slippery. Once the rubber starts to get totally worn down (6 month to 6 years, depending on your use) make sure you replace it. You can drop your boots off at our shop or ship them here and we can take care of the repairs.

Space Cowboy Boots will rubberize your cowboy boots soles at a reasonable cost. We also can arrange to pick up if you are located in Manhattan. If you did go too far and shred the bottom of your soles, we can also relast and repair them. We have been called the cowboy boot doctors many times, so don't be shy. Contact for more info: