Care for Elephant Boots

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Hides from exotic animals, such as elephants, lizards or ostriches, are extremely tough and durable. With the proper care your elephant boots can last through decades and many new soles put on by a professional. Although elephant hide is quite expensive, this long-lasting hide is worth the extra cost. It takes little effort to remove soil, clean, condition and polish the exotic leather on this type of footwear.

Things You'll Need

  • Shoe brush
  • Soft, lint-free cleaning cloths
  • Leather conditioner
  • Leather shoe polish
  • Brush the elephant leather boots with a shoe cleaning brush. Brushing your boots removes the dust and dirt that accumulates with daily wear. Do this immediately any time heavy soil accumulates on your boots.

  • Dampen a soft cleaning cloth with leather conditioner once all the dust and dirt is off the elephant boots. Use a conditioner formulated for exotic leathers if you can find it; if you cannot find it, any leather conditioner will work. Exotic-leather conditioner is usually available at the store where you purchased the boots.

  • Rub the leather conditioner into the boots using a circular motion. Pay close attention to the toe and heel area, since they are susceptible to scuffs. Use your fingertip to work the conditioner into the seams well.

  • Purchase a leather polish that closely matches the color of your leather boots. If one is not available, a neutral color works well. Use a neutral color over any embroidery or other features that you do not want discolored.

  • Dip a soft cleaning cloth into the shoe polish. A small amount is all that is necessary.

  • Rub the shoe polish over the entire boot, except for the soles. Use a circular motion and a thin coat.

  • Buff the elephant boots with a clean, soft cloth to remove any excess polish. The boots are now ready to wear again.

Tips & Warnings

  • Exotic-leather conditioner and shoe polish are available where exotic leathers are sold, at other shoe stores, online and at some discount stores.
  • Get into the habit of wiping off your elephant boots with a soft cloth to remove any dust or debris after each time you wear them. Dust particles and dirt eventually cut into the leather. Promptly removing dust and dirt enables your boots to last for many years.

References

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