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Wet N' Wild: Can You Get Your Boots Wet?

By Constanza Ulloa-Colina,
Wet N' Wild: Can You Get Your Boots Wet?

Can Your Boots Get Wet? Alvies’ Guide to Wet Boots:

Picture this: you're cruisin' along, in your favorite pair of cowboy boots, when outta nowhere, Mother Nature unleashes a torrential downpour. Before you know it, your boots are soaked literally and emotionally.

Let’s ride through the different scenarios of what can happen to various types of leather when those cowboy boots of yours get a little wet:

Cowhide Leather: The tough hombre of the leather world. It can withstand some exposure to water without being damaged, but it is still best to avoid getting them wet, and especially avoid soaking them in water for extended periods.

Suede and Nubuck LeatherSuede and Nubuck leather are very similar in that they are more delicate than cowhide leather and can be damaged by water. Leathers like suede and nubuck can become discolored or develop water stains as soon as they get wet if they do not have a waterproofer on them. If you have a pair of nubuck or suede boots, it is best to use a water proof protector spray ahead of getting wet. Remember to avoid wearing them in rainy or wet conditions.

Exotic Leather : They're fancy, but they're sensitive souls. When they get wet, they lose their luster and texture fast. So, if you're wearin' an exotic and were willing to spend the extra dollars on the leathers, steer clear of wet conditions and use a water-repellent spray ahead of time.

What do I do if my cowboy boots do get wet? if you do get em’ wet, pat them down with a rag to get the excess moisture out, then just let 'em air dry. But here's the catch: no heat, no radiators, no fireplaces, and definitely no hairdryers. We don't want those boots dryin' out to a place where it starts to crack. 

Instead, find a cozy spot at room temperature and let nature do its thing. It's like givin' your boots a breath of fresh air after that rainstorm. And to keep 'em maintaining their shape, grab some newspaper and stuff those bad boys. Or, if you're feelin' fancy, use the boot tree we provide with all Alvies boots—they're like a personal trainer for your boots, keepin' 'em in tip-top shape.

So, kick back, relax, and let your boots dry in their own sweet time. Trust me, they'll thank you for it. And remember, the road to dry boots is a patient one.

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My boots are dry, now what? Once your trusty boots have dried off from their watery adventure, it's time to give 'em a little TLC.

Grab yourself a soft brush or cloth and gently brush off any dirt or debris—just a gentle sweep to rid those boots of any unwanted hitchhikers. Then you'll want to treat your boots to a nice conditioner and cleaner, but every leather is different when it comes to care. Luckily we have you covered with our series of care guides below:

Alvies Guides to Caring for different leathers:

  1. Caring for Cowhide Boots
  2. Caring for Nubuck and Suede Boots
  3. Caring for Teju Lizard Boots
  4. Caring for Python Boots