At Hanwag, we choose to make all our footwear using high-quality and complex techniques that require a high level of craftsmanship. As a result, all our footwear is particularly long-lasting and resoleable. By following a few simple steps to clean and care for your boots, you can easily extend their service life and enjoy even more adventures with them.
REMOVE THE INSOLES AND THE LACES TOO IF THEY ARE VERY DIRTY
Outside: Brush off any dirt every time you’ve worn the footwear. If the dirt is hard to remove, rinse the footwear under running water. Use special leather cleaners if nothing else helps. Avoid soap – it damages the impregnation and most types of leather.
Inside: Leather and textile linings (as in most GORE-TEX® boots) are best cleaned with a sponge or a soft brush and fresh water. Do not use hot water.
Drying: Dry your boots thoroughly after cleaning in a well-aired, dry and shady place with their tongues wide open. If really wet, stuff leather-lined footwear with paper and renew it several times. The same applies to GORE-TEX® boots which dry faster and more effectively with paper (toilet or kitchen paper – never newspaper). Also, here too it’s important to change the paper at least once every half an hour.
Please note: Never keep wet or damp shoes in non-aired and humid places like plastic bags, car boots, basements etc. Never dry boots near an oven or over fire or any other source of heat. The leather will burn, turn brittle, dry and crack. Another downside is that the entire shoe can lose its shape.
REGULARLY APPLY IMPREGNATION SPRAYS
Spray on the dry footwear after cleaning. Impregnation achieves its full effect after 24 hours. Spray carefully and keep about 30 cm distance. Don’t forget the shoelaces and the hidden corners at the tongue.
Our tip for leather uppers: Use Hanwag Care Sponge on dry boots, ideally after cleaning. Apply the emulsion with the sponge to the leather and allow to dry for at least 24 hours. Don’t forget hard-to-reach spots (e.g. the tongue).
DRY LEATHER NEEDS MOISTURIZING
Use special wax (no grease or oil). Massage a thin coat of wax into the dry leather.
Please note: Nubuck, suede or other split leather will darken slightly and become smoother every time you apply wax. If you don’t like this effect, you can always roughen up the leather again with a special suede brush. Simply brush off any excess wax.
4. FURTHER TIPS
Store your boots upright in a dry and well-aired place. Avoid any pressure. Tip: Use a shoe tree.
Don’t let your footwear come into contact with oil, diesel, petroleum or slurry. If this happens clean your footwear immediately.
After a longer period of storage, roughen the tread on the sole a little bit, using a wire brush or fine sandpaper.
Brush off your boots every time you wear them.