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I have read some posts about leather boot care, which have all addressed the topic of care for the exterior of Fabianos. No one has as yet talked about the inside. I've had Fabianos for 30 years. After buying them I had an old school european bookmaker modify them to better fit my specific foot shape. Best move I ever made. Well, he told me how to care for my new boots.
The outside needed to be cleaned periodically, as dirt and moisture are leather's worst enemies. After cleaning then a good leather conditioner is applied and, when dry, put on Sno Seal for protection. Important to re apply Sno Seal periodically dependent on use. Every few years, again dependent on use, they need to be washed with soapy water then when dry apply conditioner and Sno Seal. That's the outside.
Now the inside. Because Fabianos are leather on the inside too they need to be cleaned with soap and water also, only it's imperative to use a PH balanced soap to neutralize the salt buildup from sweat. When dry apply the leather conditioner. This is all crutial otherwise the leather interior will rot, then you're screwed. This should be done at least once a year before putting them away for the season. Most people don't realize that the interior needs to be cared for just as much as the outside.
I've done all this for the life of my boots and they have provided me with bomb proof protection for much longer than any modern day constructed boot would ever provide. My boots have been up all 54 of Colorado's 14ers, and many other peaks in other countries. The only thing they've ever needed additionally are insulated expedition gaiters for high altitude winter ascents. They're much more versatile than plastic boots because with a 1/2 steel shank they flex so you can hike day in and day out with a heavy pack, and when fit with a rigid crampon they are suitable for scaling vertical ice. Try finding a modern day boot that does all that!
Lowa used to make a similar single and double boot, just like Fabiano. Anyone know if they still do?