Once you have purchased your beautifully made De Winter boots, you will naturally want to maintain them properly.

The boots are fully leather lined and the lining should be allowed to dry out between outings. Therefore try to rotate your footwear so as to allow the boots the opportunity to dry out. Leather soles will also benefit from drying properly between outings.

Boot trees are not essential however wooden shoe trees made of an absorbent material such as cedar wood should be inserted into the boots after each outing to absorb perspiration from the lining of the boots. This will prevent the leather from cracking and help reduce creasing of the upper.

Regularly apply a good wax polish, not containing silicone, to leather uppers. This should be worked well into the welt (where the upper meets the sole) to help prevent water ingress. Leather uppers should be wiped clean before the application of polish with a suitable brush.

The important thing is to prevent the leather losing its natural oils and by regularly wax polishing the leather will maintain its flexibility and strength.

For suede boots, remove dirt when dry with a stiff brush, and then bring up the nap with a suede brush. This will also help bring the natural oils of waxed suede boots to the surface.

Rubber soled boots may be worn straight from the box but it’s good practice to walk leather soled boots on a dry, slightly gritty surface, on an initial outing. This will help toughen the leather.

If your boots become very wet they should be allowed to dry naturally for a few days and away from any direct heat source.