Got me a new pair of boots - how do I take care of them?

11:07 a.m. on May 25, 2018 (EDT)
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Hey, I just bought a pair of boots by The North Face. Not top notch but I hope they will be good for a 5 day hike.

They have a lot of leather so I was wondering what's the recommended product and treatment for pre/post hike.

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Many thanks

5:05 p.m. on May 25, 2018 (EDT)
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Good question Noa. The new light hiking boots are mostly made with small pieces of split hides sewn together.  Keep them dry without exposing them to a fire or high heat.  Keep them reasonably clean.  You can spray them with some water proofing, but if they have Gore-tex that is a slippery slope.  Mostly just wear them, and don't expect more than a few years of use out of them. 

I still have some old school logging boots made with full leather hides and a Norwegian welt. The soles can be replaced, but they are heavy and don't get used much. 

3:15 a.m. on May 26, 2018 (EDT)
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Well one of the first things I've noticed about people is that they buy a new item from a store...................with a brand name, and then ask everyone else about what kind of care the item needs except the store and/or the company that makes/distributes said item.

The very first thing I would do is ask the place you bought them from is what breakin/long term care and procedures that the store recommends, and what products they would recommend in regards to take care of the boots.  Next I would call TNF, The North Face, customer service and ask to speak to boot specialist and see what they have to say in regards to how to take care of these boots.

9:56 a.m. on May 26, 2018 (EDT)
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The traditional way to break in boots is to wade into a creek and get them wet and then wear them until they dry out. 

6:18 p.m. on May 27, 2018 (EDT)
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PPINE has a good answer. I'd also ask North Face if I didn't know. I would hesitate to ask the store clerks since so many of them know nothing.

5:02 a.m. on May 28, 2018 (EDT)
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Yes that's my main concern. There's nothing like good experience

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