Care Instructions for Wolverine Boots

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Letting your Wolverine boots dry is part of proper care.
Letting your Wolverine boots dry is part of proper care. (Image: PhotoObjects.net/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

In 1883, Wolverine began making boots for workers hammering railroads and performing urban construction. Today, Wolverine continues manufacturing rugged work and recreation boots but with modern adaptations like interior compression shock pads, which give the sole a feeling of buoyancy. External materials of Wolverine boots range from Horween leather coated with Gortex to full-grain leather and reinforced steel toes. General care for your Wolverine boots isn't difficult, but the specific type of leather determines the correct additional care.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towel
  • Cedar shoe trees
  • Stiff bristle brush
  • Sponge
  • Suede/Nutbuck Waterpoofing Wax
  • Clean cloth
  • Leather polish

Suede and Nutbuck Wolverine Boots

Remove the soles and lining from your boot after each wearing. Set the soles and linings aside on a clean paper towel to dry. Sweat and moisture accumulate in your boot during the day, which encourages fungal and bacteria growth. Drying your boots between wearings protects your feet from infection and your nose from the potential stench.

Insert a cedar shoe tree inside each Wolverine boot. Cedar absorbs moisture and helps maintain the boots' shape while you brush or waterproof the exterior. Dry your boots away from sunlight or direct heat, which dehydrates the leather, leaving it misshapen and stiff. Repeat steps one and two each evening or before treating your suede or nutbuck Wolverine boots with waterproofing wax.

Brush the exterior of the boot using a stiff bristled brush. Firmly sweep the brush over the leather to remove any surface dirt or grime before waterproofing.

Massage a dime-sized amount of waterproofing wax on the toe of your boot using a dry sponge. Work your way up the boot, massaging the wax until the surface is free of visible globs or uneven layers. Apply more wax as necessary, massaging it into the leather with firm, circular motions as above.

Let the wax dry for 20 minutes and wipe away any remaining wax residue with a paper towel. Dry the boot for 24 hours in a cool space, away from sunlight or direct heat. Repeat the waterproofing process every three to six months to ensure maximum protection.

Tips & Warnings

  • Repeat the waterproofing process every three to six months to ensure maximum protection.
  • Dry the interior of a heavily saturated boot by removing the laces and pulling the tongues forward before setting to dry.
  • Only use waterproofing products made specifically for your type of boot leather. Nutbuck and suede Wolverine boots respond unfavorably to products designed for smooth-grain leather and vice versa.
  • Waterproofing treatments darken both suede and smooth types of leather.

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