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TAKING GOOD CARE OF YOUR HUNTING SHOES

In three simple steps, learn how to take care of your hunting shoes.

Taking good care of your hunting shoes

STEP 1: CLEANING YOUR SHOES

Whether covered with mud or dust, cleaning the outside of the shoes is mandatory to keep them as long as possible in good condition.

Accumulated dirt increases abrasion on the surface of the shoes and thus risk causing premature wear of the parts.

To clean them, simply run the shoes under cold or lukewarm water. rubbing them with a soft brush, the goal being to take off the dirt, not to polish the shoe.


Cleaning the interior of your hunting shoes is also very important, especially for waterproof / breathable shoes. It should not be systematic but frequent so that the shoes do not lose their breathability.

As for the exterior, clean the inside with cold or lukewarm water while rubbing lightly. You can also use suitable products, but the simple use of water is sufficient if the shoes are maintained regularly.

STEP 2: DRYING YOUR SHOES

The essential step after each of your outings is drying your shoes.

This is the key step for hunting shoes to make them last over time.

2 things to do for proper drying:

Open your shoes fully and take out the soles to speed up drying.

Avoid drying them with a source of heat (such as radiators or a fire): it's better to dry them in the open air because it will not damage your shoes quickly.


Tips: if your shoes are soaked in water, stuff the inside with newspaper or absorbent paper, renewing it from time to time to facilitate drying.

STEP 3: TREATING YOUR SHOES

Treatment is a one-off step that will allow you to extend the life of your hunting shoes.

To treat your shoes, two types of product are preferable.

Waterproofers: They provide water repellent protection on the material (water flows over them, but does not penetrate the shoes).

The recommended application is a minimum of once a year depending on the frequency of use.

Protective creams: They are mainly used on leather shoes to prevent them from drying out or cracking.

For leather, avoid grease in excessively high doses: it will soften and make the leather waterproof, and the shoes will lose their breathability.


Caution: use products suitable for the material of the shoe (Leather, fabrics etc.)