How to Polish Boots With Colored Stitching


Boots provide classic style, whether paired with a dress, jeans or leggings. To maintain the good looks of your boots, you need to keep them polished and clean. Polished boots also provide increased moisture resistance, protecting your feet as well as the leather itself. Treating boots featuring colored or contrasting stitching is just as straightforward as waxing any other shoe, as long as the right polish is used to prevent accidentally discoloring the threads.

Things You'll Need

  • Horsehair cleaning and polishing brushes
  • Two damp cloths
  • Saddle soap
  • Clean cotton or microfiber cloth
  • Neutral shoe polish
  • Brush off the boots with a horsehair cleaning brush.

  • Swirl a corner of a damp cloth in saddle soap. Work the soap into a mild lather.

  • Clean the boots thoroughly with the saddle soap, removing all contamination. Pay special attention to the welt, or seam where the uppers meet the soles.

  • Wipe down the boots with a clean damp cloth. Let the boots dry, but do not use direct heat from a blow dryer to expedite the process.

  • Wrap a clean cotton or microfiber cloth around your index finger. Rub the cloth in the neutral shoe polish.

  • Rub the polish into the boots in firm circular strokes. Pay special attention to the seams and stitching, as the polish will add to protection from moisture penetration into the boot.

  • Set the first boot aside, repeating the process on the second boot as the first dries.

  • Polish each boot with a back and forth motion, using the horsehair polishing brush. Continue with both boots until you are satisfied with the level of sheen.

Tips & Warnings

  • Dip your fingertips into a bowl of clean tap water. Flick the water on the boots, then buff them for an even better gloss level.


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