No matter how hard, how often, when or where you use your LOWA boots, they should be cleaned regularly with specialised LOWA boot care products. Particularly if they are used frequently in extremely wet conditions it is vital to apply a waxy shoe paste or active 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, LOWA boot 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.