My husband, who is in Miami for work this week, texted me Monday afternoon to ask if I'd clean and condition his Sperrys while he was gone.
|I must explain, the pantyhose in the upper right has everything to do with |
I'd explain that this isn't a sexist request, but you're all equestrians. You get it. We get really good at cleaning, conditioning and polishing leather for our horses, it's only fair that our husbands and wives get to benefit from those skills too, right? Luckily for mine, I like taking care of leather.
|Chillin' with Lederbalsam|
But...I couldn't just stop at the Sperrys once I got my kit out. So...
|From left to right: Ariat Bromont H20 winter boots, Ariat Heritage field boots, Ariat ProBaby cowboy boots (yes, I wear them!), Ariat Performer IV paddock boots, and Ariat Contour half chaps|
Everybody got cleaned, first with a damp rag and then with Higher Standards. Then those that needed it got shoe polish (paddock boots due to excessive wear, show boots because I like a healthy glow there), and the polish got polished vigorously with pantyhose to give it that nice luster.
|The B Team at the scene of the crime, on my kitchen floor.|
Those that didn't need polish got conditioned and left to soak overnight in a warm room. Whatever conditioner is left in the morning will get wiped off, they'll get buffed and finally, a light coating of (solidified) mink oil for the paddock boots and winter boots to increase their ability to repel water.
(Not that the Bromont H20's need it. Those things are like rubber boots in puddles.)
|Bromont H20's shown covered in Lederbalsam. They pretty much still look brand new after a solid winter of work.|
|Five years old, worn 7-8 months per year. Bought practically new on eBay for $45. This is the model with the lace up front and zip back, and if they ever stop making them I will have to stop riding.|
|3 years old, worn seriously minutes per year. Paid $50 on eBay, cannot complain.|
Actually I just cleaned the cowboy boots and didn't do anything else to them. I'm not sure what to do with them cleaning-wise, TBH. All part of my grand cowboy boot experiment. I'm looking forward to reviewing these and sharing the experiment soon.