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How to minimise creasing your leather boots

By May 24, 2021No Comments

Now if you came here looking how to avoid creasing your boots then this would be quite a short read. It would go something like this:

Don’t wear them.

As blatant as that sounds that is the only way to avoid creasing your boots at all. What I can help you with however, is how to minimise the creases. The way to think about leather, is that it’s skin. A bit morbid but it’s true. If you look at the palm of your hands, they have creases in don’t they, that’s because they are nearly always active. As are your feet. Try walking without bending your feet, it’s pretty difficult right? Impractical and you probably look a bit silly.

So what steps can you take to minimise the creasing?


The first step is fit. Now fitting is subjective and you should only really go for a fit which is comfortable to you. When someone has their feet fitted in store we always look for breathing room. This is because your feet grow and shrink during the day depending on the time of day, temperature and activity. So it’s wise to go for a fit that gives you some wiggle room. People often assume that a tight fitting shoe will result in less creasing. This is inaccurate and detrimental both to the shoe and your happiness in wearing it. The opposite direction of giving yourself too much room will result in the leather bunching causing deeper creases.

Shoe Trees

Trees are essential to anyone who wants to keep the boots in great condition. To make sure creases never become too prominent use shoe trees to flatten out the boot and preserve the original shape. We’ve all seen boots or shoes that have curled toes that look like clowns feet. Shoe trees are essential in avoiding this. If shoes are left without using trees, the crease can become set and significantly weakening the leather once they are worn again.


Dry leather is prone to creasing and cracking so it is vital to keep your boots fed with polish or cream so they don’t dry out. A majority of issues concerning leather can be avoided by investing in a good care kit and of course investing in good quality boots.

These Rockingham’s need a good dose of TLC

Now your boots will crease. Don’t buy a pair of boots in the hopes they will keep their original look. Your boots will get more comfortable and better looking with age as they mould and shape to your feet. Don’t be afraid to show off your boots, each scar tells a story.

Ah, much better!

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