Aftercare

Treat your footwear regularly with LOWA aftercare products.

LOWA Active Cream 75ml

Lowa active creme is available in a black colour for customers who use black boots but is also available in a neutral colour for use on any other colours. LOWA Active Cream is a high quality shoe cream developed specifically by Lowa for footwear. It provides routine care and impregnation whilst retaining the breathability of the membrane. The leather gets a new shine and upgraded water repellence without clogging the pores of the leather. Apply as per instructions.

LOWA Water Stop 250ml

The ideal waterproofing agent for all types and colours of grained and smooth leather footwear, as well as for suede and fabric boots (including those incorporating breathable fabrics like GORE-TEX and Symaptex etc). Lowa Water Stop keeps boots waterproof, supple, dirt repellant and breathable. Environmentally friendly 250ml aerosol spray.

Climate Controlled Footbeds

The LOWA Climate Controlled Footbeds are available as paired items from most stockists.
Sizes available are: 3, 4, 5, 6, 6½, 7, 8, 8½, 9, 9½, 10, 10½, 11, 11½, 12, 13, 14, 15

Winter, Summer and Replacement Standard Footbeds

Interchangable with standard LOWA footbeds
Sizes available are: 5, 6, 7, 8, 8½, 9, 9½, 10, 10½, 11, 12, 13.

Military laces

Laces are also available from most good stockists

Laces - brown: 210 cm.
Laces - black: 160 cm, 180 cm & 210 cm.
Laces - 2 tone desert: 210 & 220cm & normal desert coloured laces: 130 cm & 140cm. 

Please double check the lengths required with your existing laces as lengths do vary with boot sizes

Footwear Drying

It is important to note that all footwear needs time to dry out over night in a well ventilated area and with the insoles removed.

If any footwear is worn for excessive amount of time at one stretch (especially Gore-Tex or leather lined boots), then special interest should be paid to this process. Do not force dry your LOWA boots. Thought should be paid to the type of socks worn: wool or synthetics will help absorb the perspiration away from the foot, whilst cotton will get wet and push the sweat through into the lining and into the leather.

 

Boot care made easy - How to best care for your LOWA boots

 

 

Step 1: Preparation

After every use be sure to allow the boots to air out and dry properly. Do that by removing the footbed and laces so you can pull back the tongue fully to open up the boot. When you are preparing to clean and care for your boots simply repeat the process: remove the footbed and laces so you can reach with your shoe care products into hidden edges and corners, for example on the tongue and gusset.

Step 2: Cleaning your boots 

Heavily soiled boots can be cleaned with a brush and warm water to remove dirt before applying products. We recommend a specialised shoe cleaning product that is designed to remove the most stubborn dirt. In areas with water with high calcium content we recommend using distilled water for cleaning (for example, from a condenser clothes dryer or a dehumidifier). You can also stuff them with newspaper to help them soak up moisture within the boot.

Step 3: Impregnate your boots

After you have thoroughly cleaned your boots, you will need to apply a water-proofing impregnation spray while they are still slightly damp. The boots‘ leather pores are wide open while they are damp and that allows the impregnation treatment to penetrate deeply into the leather. Regular applications of an impregnation spray are recommended to keep water and dirt from sticking or soaking in. It’s particularly important because soaking wet boots lose their breathability, which affects their ability to regulate your foot’s temperature. Take note that a water-proofing treatment needs 24 hours to fully take effect.

Step 4: Care for your boots

No matter how hard, how often, when or where you use your boots, they should be cleaned regularly with specialised shoe care products. Particularly if they are used frequently in extremely wet conditions it is vital to apply a waxy shoe paste or creme – even on boots made with a GORE-TEX® membrane. Leather that has been soaked with water and has swollen must be restored in order to retain a boot’s fit, flexibility and durability. If a boot does not receive proper care, the leather will dry out, become brittle, and will pull at the seams, leaving your boots irreparably damaged. To avoid this, shoe care products can be rubbed on with a rag and polished in with a brush. Carefully using a hair dryer to blow warm air on the boots will improve the creme’s ability to penetrate the leather’s pores.

The application of oils and greases is not recommended. Although they turn the leather very soft and make it virtually waterproof, the boot loses stability and strength. In addition, oils and greases close the leather’s pores, causing the boot to lose its breathability so it feels more like a rubber boot. It could also cause bonding and adhesions to fail.

Step 5: Storing your boots 

Leather boots are best stored in a shoe bag or shoe box in a dry, well-ventilated area. A wooden shoe tree helps your boots keep their shape. If your boots are still damp, you can also stuff them with newspaper to help them soak up moisture and keep their shape.

Never store your boots in a damp room since the boots could begin to mould. Also avoid storing them in direct sunligth or on or near a radiator.