When you’re getting some tactical boots, no matter how much you know about them, you still need to know how to get the best out of them. How to wear them, how to take care of them in order to expand their lifespan is also essential so scroll down for some helpful tips on the matter.
Breaking them in
One of the things you should know about the tactical boots is that you always need to break them in. Even if your boots fitted great in the store, they still may cause blisters until they’re fully adjusted to your feet. Therefore, you need to give them some time to break in.
Ideally, you’re going to give your boots a couple of weeks until they’re ready for wearing all the time. When you’re working as a military, firefighting or police force, you may not get all that time so you need other ways for breaking in the boots.
The wet method
Here’s what you need to do for that:
- Place your tactical boots in a tub/sink and fill them with warm water. They may spill through the zipper if they have one so pull it closed.
- As the boots are soaking, put on two pairs of socks (don’t use cotton or wool socks as they soak in water). You want to use thin socks for a gentle mold of the boots.
- Empty the water from the boots, put them back on and go on with your day. A hike or a walk are the best choice for better drying.
- Take the boots off every hour, rub your feet with some rubbing alcohol and put on two pairs of socks (go with fresh ones).
- The leather is going to loose up slowly. Every time you feel it does that, you should stop and lace the boots again.
- Dry any residual moisture by placing the boots in front of a fan when your day is over.
The dry method
The wet method works fats, but it’s not very effective for boots that need high-gloss shine. The dry method works slower, but it’s good for all boot types.
You need to wear two pairs of socks under your boots and simply wear the boots all the time. It’s going to take you a week or so until the boots are fully broken in.
Try to do various physical exercise, including hiking, jogging , or stair climbing. Keep in mind that no matter what method you’re using, you’re still going to get some blisters in the beginning.
It’s not difficult at all to clean your boots and you should do it on a regular basis. Clean the fabric parts as you do on regular civilian shoes, but pay more attention to the leather parts of your boots.
Suede doesn’t take liquid very well so you should never use water. A suede brush or a metal bristle brush is a better option as you’re gently brushing your boots. Use a damp/soapy cloth for cleaning the inside of your suede boots.
Cleaning full-grain leather
a water-based detergent and a soft rag is going to be great for cleaning full-grain leather boots. Remove the build up of polish and grime with some saddle soap into the surface of your boots with a wet cloth.
Don’t forget about conditioning
You don’t need to condition your boots if they’re made of suede, nubuck or rough-out leather. You only need to condition the full-grain leather as it’s exposed to cracking and flaking in time. Conditioning should always follow cleaning.
Apply the leather conditioner, until the leather doesn’t absorb anymore the liquid or the spray. You may walk in the boots until the conditioner dries, but you may very well work the boots by hand.
You cannot wear tactical boots if they’re not waterproof
Many tactical boots are waterproof out of the box, but you can add some waterproofing any now and then. A waterproofing gel on full-grain leather is going to do the trick. Don’t use it on nubuck, gel or rough-out leather. A spray-on form for waterproofing is going to be a wiser option.