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Caring for Alvies Nubuck Leather Boots

By Clay Sexton,
Caring for Alvies Nubuck Leather Boots - Alvies

Nubuck is similar to suede, but we like it better for boots. Why? Great question. Both nubuck and suede offer a velvety texture, and both are made by sanding down the outer layer of leather to produce a soft “nap.” 

But while suede is made by sanding down the softer interior of a piece of leather, nubuck is made by sanding down the sturdier exterior layer. That means nubuck is tougher, more water resistant, and just generally a much higher quality leather. 

While Alvies nubuck boots don't require a ton of maintenance, here’s how to keep them looking their best. 

Step 1: Protect 'Em

Lightly spray your boots with nubuck protector every 6 months or so to maintain water resistance.

Step 2: Brush 'Em

To restore the nap and remove dirt or grime as needed, gently brush the surface with a horsehair brush or a nubuck brush.

Step 3: Clean 'Em

For tougher stains, gently clean with mild dishwashing soap and a toothbrush. If you have an oily/greasy stain (late-night queso accidents, etc.), use a leather degreaser and follow the instructions on the packaging.

Alvies Nubuck Boots


    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.