When you’ve invested in a new pair of our fantastic winter boots, it can be daunting to take them on their first outing to face the elements. You don’t want any grit salt, thawing snow or cold rain ruining your winter boots the moment you step out but, you also don’t want to hide them away in the wardrobe.
This is why we’ve put a few tips and tricks together to help you keep your new pair of Gabor Shoes winter boots in their best shape all winter so that you can feel fabulous all season long.
How To Protect Winter Boots
Before you take one step into the winter weather, you need to consider what it is your boots will be facing. Putting preventative measures in place early will ensure your boots are well protected from the cold weather and can stop them from being scratched, scuffed or ruined.
Waterproof Your Winter Boots
Whether we’re lucky enough to gain a sprinkle of snow or if a white Christmas doesn’t seem to be on the agenda for this year, your winter boots will need to be able to face some water. Whether it is snow, ice, hailstone, rain, or even the garden frost, your boots will have to withstand cold water this winter if you don’t want them to be ruined.
The best way to prepare your winter boots for wet weather is to make sure they’ve been waterproofed. Using a waterproof spray on your winter boots is an easy, effective and straightforward way to make sure they’re ready to face the rain, whatever the season.
Waterproof sprays are often a go-to choice for a range of different winter boots materials including leather and suede but, there are certain things to keep a lookout for depending on what type of winter boot you’re taking care of.
How To Waterproof Leather Boots
Waterproof shoe sprays that include silicone are the best choice to protect your leather boots. Silicone creates a waterproof repellent layer over the leather and stops the rain from seeping in without ruining any of that supple leather material.
How To Waterproof Suede Boots
For your suede winter boots, you’re best looking for Nikwax waterproof waxes and gels. The brand creates suede-safe products that will help keep your suede boots looking as good as new, despite any puddles you might step in on the way.
How To Waterproof Canvas Boots
Beeswax is a remarkable, natural product that will help stop the wintery raindrops from ruining your canvas boots. Finding waterproof products, including beeswax, will keep the canvas well protected and in excellent condition.
With any waterproof method you choose, don’t rush in! Take time to test a little bit of the technique out to ensure you don’t leave any marks or reactions on the material of your winter boots.
Clean Your Boots Regularly
Stay on top of cleaning your winter boots; letting salt, snow or slush build up on the boots means they will most likely be permanently marked as the substances react to the material and leave long-lasting effects.
Washing with basic soap and water, brushing the salt off and tidying the boots up regularly will help prevent these long term marks.
Use a Horsehair Brush
One of the best boot care products you can buy is a horsehair brush. Ideal for your suede winter boots, a horsehair brush will gently brush off any dust, salt or dirt from the suede without scratching or damaging the soft material.
Polish Your Leather Boots
Invest in good shoe polish for your leather boots and regularly shine them. The polish makes sure your leather winter boots are in their best condition and, when covered with leather protect spray afterwards, will be more likely to survive the winter.
Get Rid of Winter Boots Scuff Marks
If your leather boots have suffered a scuff mark during the winter, then a small mix of baking soda and water can help remove them. Dip your softest cloth and gently apply the mixture to the scuff mark and it should come straight out. Take some caution when using products like baking soda on your leather shoes, too much can cause more damage.
How To Clean Grit Salt From Winter Boots
In the British wintertime, we are no stranger to the classic image of the grit van making its rounds. A sign of snow and ice to come but, as great as grit salt is from stopping us tumble to the floor, it’s not the best for our winter boots.
Luckily, if you act fast and clean the grit salt from your boots, you should avoid any lasting marks and be able to step out in style the next day.
Cleaning Grit Salt From Leather Boots
White vinegar is advised as an easy way to remove salt stains from leather boots; making a small solution of one part white vinegar to two parts water and gently rubbing the stain should lift it out of the leather.
Where this isn’t effective, you can also buy excellent salt stain remover products that will do the job!
Removing Grit Salt Marks From Suede Boots
When you purchase a pair of smooth, suede boots, we advise you to invest in a suede brush and eraser set. Not only is a suede brush just the right material to make sure the suede doesn’t get damaged or scratched, but it is also really effective to brush away the salt from your boots during the winter. The eraser then provides a secondary, suede-safe way to get rid of those tougher salt stains.
Look After Your Winter Boots This Season
In the same way, your winter boots protect your feet from the cold weather; you can do your bit to protect them from it too. By regularly cleaning, brushing, waterproofing and conditioning your winter boots, you’ll be able to keep them in their best condition to face the winter weather without a hitch. Keep the elegance and fabulousness of your Gabor Shoes boots intact and elegantly stride your way through the winter months.Take a look at our full boots ranges available; whether you prefer Chelsea, biker, knee-high or ankle, we have every style of luxury winter boot you’ll be looking for right here.