How to Darken Your Leather Boots



Many people are interesting in darkening their leather boots, but with the overflow of darkening products out there, it can be hard to decide if they’re trustworthy or worth the money. If you use the wrong product, you can end up with shrinkage, creasing, hardening, bacteria, odors, leather that falls apart, and discoloration of your leather cowboy boots.

If you’re looking to darken your leather boots without spending a ton of money or enlisting the help of a professional, the good news is there are simple ways to get the job done.

Step 1: Make sure your boots are cleaned with a water and rag. Attempting to darken your leather boots with dirt on them could backfire by drying the dirt into the shoe permanently. Allow them plenty of time to dry before you attempt to darken them.

Step 2: Use a vegetable oil for the job: olive oil, sunflower, soybean, canola, coconut, avocado, and rice bran oil are all safe options.  These oils are easy and convenient alternatives to darkening products. Not to mention, these oils can condition your boots and help them last longer.  Simply pour three capfuls of oil into a rag, and brush the rag along each side leather surface on the boot. Work the oil into the leather with your fingers, making sure to remove any clumps or uneven surfaces.

Step 3: Allow the oil approximately 24 hours to dry into the leather.

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