You can’t ask your tactical boots to last forever, no matter how durable, long lasting they were made. There are however some basic steps to follow to help your boots be ready to take not only this year’s missions, but also future ones, at least for a few years. If you’d like to see some of the tactical boots that are hot this year, visit rangermade‘s tactical boots page and see what you like best.
Give some time to your tactical boots and break them in. A new pair of tactical boots could give you not only hot spots or blisters but even ligament injuries in case you took them out of the box in the same day you got them.
How you break in your tactical boots is a matter of taste, as some folks go running along shallow rivers and others use… some quite unpleasant ways to break in the boots. Be gentle on your boots and take some short walks and build up the time until they mold to your feet.
Some boots break in right the way, whereas others might need even a couple of weeks. This doesn’t make then any less good boots, though.
If you are the lucky owner of full-grain boots, brushing them is another thing to do for their care. Use a stiff brush to remove dust and dirt and a metal bristle brush if you have suede boots. Avoid the heavy scrubbing on suede boots as you might damage the leather.
The full-grain boots can benefit also from using a cleaning gel that may remove any small grime. On a plus, it helps with the waterproofing of your boots. Apply with moderation gel on wet leather and don’t do it on suede. You can only wipe down on the inside with a wet, soapy cloth on suede boots. Use warm water for the Cordura nylon fabric and never polish this type of boots.
Some boots get to you resistant to elements as they have Gore-Tex. Even though Gore-Tex keeps water away from your boots, you still need to use a waterproof gel from time to time, after you cleaned your boots. Massage the gel onto the boot, give it some time to dry and wipe away any excess. Never use this waterproofing gel on nubuck, suede or rough-out leather boots and use a waterproofing spray instead.
Some types of full-grain leather need also to be polished and a silicone polish keeps the leather soft. A thin coat od mink oil is a good solution and buff your boots for the super-glossy, rock-start appearance.
The full-grain leather tactical boots also need conditioning with a boot dressing product to prevent flaking, cracking of the boots. Put on all your strength to work in the conditioner and let it dry overnight.
Try as much as you can to dry your boots out, without rushing them. Let them dry at room temperature as overheating might cause damage and never leave them around a fire or a heater. Leather dries out and cracks and even fabric (especially the waterproof linings as Gore-Tex) gest damaged by overheating. It’s better to take out insoles, slacken the laces, pull the tongue forward and let them dry naturally. Choose a shade for drying the boots in case of hot climate, away from direct sunlight.
In case you’re very fond of your boots and don’t want to let them go just yet, know that you may also restore them. Some manufacturers offer recrafting service, sole replacement, new laces and a professional cleaning and polishing. Your tactical, reliable and rugged tactical boots surely deserve it.
No matter how much you pay for your tactical boots, there’s always the chance of not having them ready or dry enough to leave on your next mission. Be wise and play it on the safe side and get yourself a second pair of tactical boots, as good as the first pair is. Get both pair of tactical boots accordingly to your pocket and rotate them regularly. On the long run you do save money and the best choice is to have two identical pair of tactical boots.
No. 10? Make sure you take all the previous 9 steps to give your tactical boots the longest life they could have.
Here’s a little tutorial on how to shine your tactical boots: