Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Boot Polish Yay or Nay?

I was polishing my boots today and got to thinking that I've never once seen my trainer polish her boots. That's not to say she doesn't do it when I'm not around but at shows I've only ever seen her clean them or put conditioner of some sort on them. I never thought to ask her about it but today as I was polishing my boots I started to wonder. Is this not the normal thing to do anymore? With all the new, fancy leather care products out there do people still polish their boots the old fashioned way?
Messy hands a necessary side effect of the polished boot
Being prior military polishing boots is not a new concept for me. It's not just about making my boots look nice but also about protecting the leather. I actually get a certain satisfaction from polishing my boots. But I wonder do any of you polish your boots or have you found an easier/better way to care for yours?
Halfway finished and already starting to shine.
On the Loki front I trotted him out and he looked perfectly fine which makes you wonder if you just imagined anything but I decided to still give him a few more days off just in case. We will ride again on Friday, hopefully, if not then Saturday.

13 comments:

  1. I use to polish mine when I was in IHSA- but I was always told to never polish the inside of your boots as it makes them too slick and you want the rougher leather for grip. I have been thinking about getting more polish and giving mine a good shine! But usually I just take them to this local boot guy who does a great job polishing them and repairing any issues for a REALLY cheap price. But I want some polish for shows :) They look lovely!

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  2. Glad to hear Loki looked good!
    I always polish. Military myself, and my dad is a stickler for polished boots, whether their for riding or police work. I don't want to face him with dirty boots. I might be disowned. Boot polishing is akin to tack cleaning for me...somehow it' almost a calming task.

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  3. I polish for rated shows and clinics, otherwise for schooling shows and regular maintenance a clean and a conditioning is what happens.

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  4. You're not alone, http://piasparade.blogspot.com/2014/01/my-odd-compulsion-polishing-boots.html?m=1
    I have no reason to polish my boots as I don't show...I have only ever saddle soaped & oiled my footwear

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    1. But then again I have yet to own a pair of full leather boots :-/

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  5. I have never polished my boots. Before shows, I go over them with the same leather soap I use on my saddle. Never ever in between, though.

    Caveat: I have also never actually owned nice tall boots. My previous pair were $75 Devon Aires from the Dover basement clearance, and my current pair are - gasp - synthetics. They work just fine. Nice, full leather, custom tall boots are on my bucket list but not on the immediate horizon.

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  6. We are asked to keep our tall boots polished and pretty for horse shows. If we ride in talls any other time no one seems to care. I'm a fan of polishing as it I feel it adds a little extra to the whole showing wardrobe!

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  7. I just oil mine, with my Military mans help, I can get them super shiny and beautiful!

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  8. I don't really polish mine, just clean and oil them.

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  9. I only polish for shows :)

    And I have separate boots for separate things- at home tall boots, half chaps and paddock boots and then show tall boots.

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  10. I just clean and oil my boots, typically with Leather CPR or Passier Leather Balsam. I don't think I've ever actually pulled out the boot polish, but for the upcoming shows I definitely will.

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  11. When I first started wearing tall boots for show, I polished with boot black, but it didn't seem to condition. Now that I ride exclusively in tall boots (one pair for schooling and a separate pair for showing), I wipe them down with a soft cloth after every ride and then periodically, I use a conditioner (a beeswax stuff from Australia) that makes them absolutely glow. It also gives them a small amount of water proofing. And not that it means anything, but both pair of boots were somewhat pricey (Ariat Volants and Ariat Maestros) so I do very much care about their longevity.

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  12. I polish! I clean them, and then apply polish, and then buff with a soft cloth, and finally I buff with panty hose, for a nice sheen. I also follow the same routine with my Ariat paddock boots, except after the above steps I apply solid mink oil to them for waterproofing. You could literally see your reflection in my old Devon Aire tall boots - not sure how these new Ariats will be. I know that's partially a sign of a good maintenance routine, but partially a sign of poor quality leather.

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