We know a thing or two about walking boots and walking shoes, and we understand they’re not throwaway items you want to replace after every outdoor adventure.
To stop your walking boots from looking (and feeling!) old before their time and ensure that they perform just as you need them to, you must do your bit to maintain them and keep them clean.
Read on to find out how to make sure your walking boots stand the test of time…
How to clean your walking boots or shoes
After a busy day’s walking, there’s a good chance your boots may be covered in mud and dirt. While this may give them a rugged, worn-in look, it’s not great for their performance and longevity.
Dirt in the grooves of the sole could mean you have less grip so you could lose your footing, while the accumulation of mud and grime on the upper can affect the waterproofing and breathable nature of the boot.
Therefore, always make sure you give them a wash after heavy use. If it’s been raining, then you can splash them through a puddle to wipe through some wet grass to get some of the mud off.
Use a medium-stiffness brush and warm water to get the rest of the dirt off. It’s best not to use detergents, however, as this can affect the material. Scrape the rest of the mud off the bottom – just be careful if you’re using something sharp.
Remove the laces to really get into the harder-to-reach places, and you can give those a wash while you’re at it.