Waterproofing Your Cowboy Boots

waterproof your cowboy boots

We know that sometimes it happens – you get caught in the rain and you’re thinking, “What am I going to do about my shoes?” Yes, cowboy boots are meant for wear-and-tear, trails, and mud, but their lifespan can definitely be cut short if they are not taken care of properly. Sheplers, one of the best western stores online, is here to help. We know how much you love your cowboy boots! By following these steps, you can be sure that your cowboy boots are ready to take on any amounts of water as you can waterproof your cowboy boots.


When leather is exposed to moisture for an extended period of time, the leather can stretch, discolor, crack, and wrinkle. Since water diminishes the integrity of the leather, once it is exposed to water, it will usually never be the same again. So, in order to maintain your boots, Sheplers recommends thoroughly cleaning your boots with a dry cloth and brush. Next, you should decide whether you want to use a conditioner, spray or oil.



Leather conditioners are water repellent, as oil naturally repels water. When applying conditioner, it’s always best to use a soft towel and gently rub the conditioner into the leather. You’ll know when there is enough conditioner when the conditioner has stopped absorbing and you’re left with a thin layer that covers the surface.



Waterproofing sprays are quick and easy to use; however, they do contain silicone, so you run the risk of drying out your leather boots. Spray protectants are great for convenience and you don’t run the risk of any discoloration when you attempt to waterproof your cowboy boots.



Lastly, oil is a very popular method of waterproofing your cowboy boots, as the fatty acids in the oil make the leather soft yet durable while protecting it from any damage and moisture. All you have to do is massage the oil into the leather and warm it with a blow dryer, or set them in the sun. Be careful when using this method to make sure you don’t dry them out.


Now that you’re ready to use a product that will waterproof your cowboy boots, it’s important to always test a small, less obvious area of the leather with your method of choice before going ahead and using it on the entire boot.


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