Last Updated April 04, 2018
Learning how to soften leather boots is a skill that has been taught for generations. The material of leather is used in a lot of articles of clothing and is particularly durable when used for footwear.
Nobody likes to wear boots though that are hardened and challenging to walk in (think-Wood clogs, ouch!). Here are ten tips on how to soften leather boots.
#1. Try applying a natural oil.
The first things you want to do before attempting to apply a natural oil to your leather boots is to let them sit outside in the sun for at least ten minutes.
What this does is it opens the pores allowing for the oil to soak in.
While this is happening, you can gather the needed materials. As for the type of oil you use, you can try coconut oil, olive oil, or even avocado oil- any natural oil that could be additionally used as a skin softening oil.
The leather is made out of the treated skin of a cow that has been dried, so the maintenance of it is similar to that of your skin. Avoid using hydrogenated oils like everyday vegetable, corn, or canola oils. And primarily don’t use motor oil!
Next, rub the oil into the boots.
Dip your fingers into the oil and rub it on the surface of the leather. To get a softening effect, add some layers of oil.
The more oil you use, the softer the leather will be. There’s no need to worry that you’re using too much oil because nearly all natural oils do not damage leather. Allow the oil to dry into the leather.
It’s possible for the oil to darken the leather slightly, but it makes leather smooth and wearable. If your leather boots aren’t soft enough after one treatment, then keep repeating the oil treatment until you reach the desired softness.
The darkening effect may change the leather’s look so make sure you apply the oils evenly to prevent any mismatched lighter spots.
When picking out your leather boots, go for unfinished over treated leather so you’ll get a softer feel that is more natural. Always make sure that your boots fit correctly.
If they’re too small or significant, they’ll feel uncomfortable on your feet.
Keeping ointment and bandages on hand for the first few days of wearing the leather boots is a good idea. This will help ease the pain of blisters.
Finally, never soak your leather boots in water.
This will shrink and harden the boots and make them virtually unwearable. Leather boots are stylish and can be very comfortable. To stay that way, make sure you know how to soften leather boots.