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Caring for Alvies python boots

By Clay Sexton,
Caring for Alvies python boots - Alvies

Python boots have long been associated with badasses. Alvies python boots are made from high-quality leather that will ensure a lifetime of badassery — and then some.

Your boots can look great for years with hardly any effort. But if they get dirty, here’s how to clean them without drying them out:

Step 1: Clean 'Em

To clean dust or dirt from your boots, plain water is all you need. Just slightly dampen a soft cotton cloth, then wipe in the direction of the scales. Using soap or too much water will dry out the scales and make them curl backwards.

Step 2: Brush 'Em

Use a soft sable brush to remove any dirt or dust from beneath the scales. Be careful not to lift the scales.

Step 3: Protect 'Em

Apply exotic conditioner (we love Bickmore Exotic) if you want to condition your boots. Whatever product you choose should be formulated for snakeskin, which needs a very light conditioner.

Step 4: Store 'Em

UV light is the mortal enemy of python leather. Keep your boots in a cool, dark environment when not wearing them. Don’t store them in plastic where they won’t get air — pythons are the ones who do the suffocating, not the other way around. At home, the best place to keep them is your Alvies box.

      Clay Sexton

      About Clay

      Clay is the Co-Founder and Director of Events at Alvies. He’s also the self-proclaimed Indiana Jones of cowboy boots. He slogged through the roughest jungles and ate from the gnarliest nasi goreng warungs (Indonesian fried rice carts) to find the best skins you can cover a foot in. He braved Mexico’s underground boot markets (that’s a thing) and least reputable bars to find a bootmaker who shared our vision. He has slanged boots from polo fields to crawfish boils. He acted as an unlicensed therapist to the overserved and a drunken drama de-escalator while selling boots from our Airstream in the soap opera of downtown Austin. Skilled at import brokering, Clay has gotten boots into this great country through sheer will and an unbridled enthusiasm for pestering bureaucrats.