Tracking the Path to Boot Care
Quality outdoor gear is not cheap, but quality gear will last all the while ensuring a safe adventure when you are in the bush or in the mountains. However, just as your gear takes care of you, you need to take care of your gear. This goes for your trusty companions on your feet, the Tracker II FG.
A littler love can go a long way to ensure the longevity and reliability you will experience and being a free range, subsistence farmed, chemical free and naturally died leather, there are a few things you can do to keep your boots as happy as your feet. Below are a few steps I follow to maximise the lifespan of my leather shoes (not just the Tracker). This should be done after any multiday hike, after hikes in dryer conditions i.e., Fish River Canyon, or after getting rained on or when you have been jumping in plenty of puddles.
- Ensure the shoes are dry both inside and out (do not dry them in the sun).
- Brush off any major dirt or mud with a fine brush, nothing too course.
- You can use a damp cloth if there is any persistent dirt or mud that a brush cannot remove (allow to dry again).
- Use a sponge to apply a thin layer of leather polish/care. We suggest Simply Bee leather polish as it is made from all natural materials and is colour free.
- Allow some time for the polish to be absorbed into the leather and brush off any excess
- With a shoe like the tracker, if you wish to have the nu buck finish restored without scuffing the leather, you can use a plastic bristled nu buck brush, but this is not entirely needed
And there it is folks, your boots are happy once more and are ready for the next adventure into the wilderness, or even just the next walk with the dogs . Just a little bit of care for your shoes to say thank you for all that they do for our feet and to enable you to get the most from your feet’s trusty side kicks